The mission & objective of the festival is to give short films an identity that differentiates art form ,from the conventional big screen.CISFFI 2017 show cases short films that celebrate diverse cultures ,aesthetic traditions, social & relevant themes & other works that challenge &transcend exceptions.Our particular interest is in short films that deal with novel themes,cutting-edges technology & visualization, traditional as well as those that dissent in form, technique or content from the mainstream.


Submission to the festival is open to short films,documentaries,animated films created by independent & student film makers.
Independent & student film makers may submit any number of films under festival"s film categories .If you are submitting two or more films,they should be on separate DVD's,with separate documents


All films are judged equally based on:
Content Originality (Quality of story-line, and script)
Production (Camera work, lighting, and shot composition)
Post-Production (Editing, transitions, pacing, continuity, and flow)
Image (Focus, color, and lighting)
Sound Quality (Clarity, consistency of audio levels, and lack of noise
Selection of films will be done by a committee whose decision will be final. However, Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or reject any film that is likely to offend sentiments, feelings or sensibilities of any caste, community, religion and sector is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society.
The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen (maximum 5 screening) in different cities of India on non-commercial basis. For promotional / publicity purposes, excerpts from any film entered in the festival may be shown on any Television network / Internet or related media during the festival period.
Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Festival rules and regulations as established herein. The CISFFI-2017 Short Film Festival reserves the right to extend the Festival deadline for any unforeseen reasons if needed. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Awards & Prizes

Rules & Terms

The short film must have been completed after 1 January 2008.
Entries MUST be PAL format only. NTSC is NOT accepted. Festival Management will not be responsible if film is not screened due to problem with the DVD.
The film can be documentary, experimental, narrative, fiction or animation. The original film may be produced on 35 mm, 16 mm, HD, DIGI BETA, BETA SP, U-MATIC, DV, DVD, but the film must be available on DVD presentation or preview purpose.
Total running time must be less than 15 minutes in length, including front and back credits. There is no minimum running time.FILMS ABOVE 15 MINUTES TO 25 MINUTES WILL INCLUDED IN CATEGORY 2,


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair