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Frequently Asked Questions

Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Narrative Short Film in the competition section. The film has to be produced after January 2014.If the film is found to be produced before this term, it will lead to disqualificationl

Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Short Film in the non-competition section. The film has to be produced in the last 3 years ie not before January 2012.

Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Short Film in the non-competition section. The film has to be produced in the last 3 years i.e not before January 2012..

We can accept a low quality screener, however if the movie is selected, we would require a high quality file for screening.

Although we have accepted both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD formats in the past, it has proven to be more efficient to use to one standardized format for viewing submitted films. For that reason, we ask that you do not submit a physical disc in any format other than DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-R Dual Layer, or DVD+R Dual Layer. You may not submit discs that will only play in a Blu-Ray player, even if they are burned to a standard DVD.

In almost all cases, this is determined by the primary source of the film's funding. If 50% or more of the film's financing came from sources within the INDIA it qualifies as a INDIAN Film. If more than 50% of the film's financing came from international sources, it qualifies as an International Film. Please select your submission category based on the primary source of financing, but we do reserve the right to make a final judgment call based on a number of other factors, such as the primary shooting location, language(s) spoken in the film, and the nationalities of key members of a film's cast and crew.

After you have completed the online application, you will also give us a link of uploaded film (part of the application form)

Yes, but only if it has changed significantly. We are not interested in seeing the same cut again -- it should be a complete reworking of the previous version that was submitted to us. If you are in doubt, it probably hasn't changed enough.

We will make every effort to play your DVD, but in the event that we are unable to view your film, we will attempt to contact you to request another copy using the primary contact information that you provided on your application. However, there is no guarantee that we will get your replacement disc in time, and we must give preference to those who sent in a working copy to begin with. For this reason, we ask that you make absolutely sure that your DVD plays all the way through BEFORE you submit it to us!

Sending in replacement cuts after you have already submitted a prior version of the film can cause a great deal of confusion throughout the screening process and it is also not fair to those who sent in a cut prior to their selected submission deadline. We reserve the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees, any applicant who attempts to avoid submission fees by sending in a replacement cut of their film after their selected deadline has passed. WE WILL ONLY VIEW THE FIRST CUT OF YOUR FILM THAT WE RECEIVE!

No, we require a final cut version of your film.

From a legal standpoint, you must clear all copyrighted material included in your film before you can publicly screen it. However, SSFF does not check to ensure that you have obtained clearance for these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Films that are accepted into the Festival must sign a waiver stating that materials used in the film do not violate any existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festival films, so you should contact them directly to avoid any possible rights infringements.

You may submit as many films as you'd like. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions. If you submit three films, you must pay the submission fees for all three of them. Please do not submit multiple projects on the same DVD. If we receive a submission with multiple films on one disc, we will only consider the first film included.

We will contact you via e-mail, Please make sure that the e-mail address you provided on your application will be operational at that time. If your e-mail address changes after you've filled out the application, please update us with an email. We will not be held responsible for any failed delivery of notification!

Beyond film screenings, we arrange panels, seminars, workshops etc.,.

TThe Director of the Festival has the authority to settle all cases not covered by the present rules. All appeals maybe addressed to the Festival Director. All disputes regarding the festival are to be dealt within the jurisdiction of Bengaluru..

Refund requests for the upcoming BISFF 2015, all payments are nonrefundable for any reason, including but not limited to illness, acts of God, or travel-related problems. Badges are non-transferable and are the property of BISFF..

Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes, will qualify as Student Short Film in the competition section. The film has to be produced after January 2014. A signed letter has to be submitted on the same. If the film is found to be produced before this term, it will lead to disqualification. All students need to submit scanned/photocopy of their Student id's along with the film..

Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 30 minutes or less will qualify as an International Short Film in the non-competition section. The film has to be produced in the last 3 years.

Films should be uploaded online. Link for submission: http://bisff.in/submission-form-pay.php

Yes. We will accept a link to your film on Vimeo, YouTube or any other video streaming or download site. If you choose to submit an online screener, please be sure to put the link of your film into your application. Simply uploading the film is not enough. The file size must be less than 2GB. Once your upload is complete, you MUST view the uploaded file in its entirety to ensure that everything is in order..

Films with running times of less than 30 minutes are classified as Shorts. Films that are 30 minutes or longer are classified as Features. You should select your submission category based on what the final projected running time of the film will be, including credits.

We require that all films that contain significant non-English dialogue include on-screen English subtitles. We actually prefer even English films also to have English subtitles, so our audience clearly follows the conversation..

FOR COMPETITION SECTION: Any film submitted for 2015 Festival consideration must have been completed POST January 1st, 2014 FOR NON-COMPETITION SECTION: Any film submitted for 2015 Festival consideration must have been completed POST January 1st, 2013 .

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually if we do not receive his or her film. It is your responsibility to make sure that your package makes its way to our office.

If your film is a short (less than 30 minutes in length), it is still eligible even though it has been broadcast on television. However, once if it gets selected for the festival, the movie has to be removed from online channels, till the time festival gets over.

No, we require a final cut version of your film.

No, if you are sending are submitted via post or manually, you do have submit with an application form.

No, we encourage filmmakers of all ages to submit their work. However, we do have separate category specifically related to young /student filmmakers. All submitted films will compete against each other for available slots in each program. If you are under the age of 18, and a student, if your film is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your SCHOOL before we are able to screen your film..

You can mail us on our email to keep us updated. We will use the public contact information from your application to contact you regarding problems with your submission and to notify you of your acceptance status, so please ensure that this information is always kept up-to-date.

For final project during the film festival, we will only accept HD quality in DVD or downloadable version from a link provided by you.

The use of cameras or of other recording equipment is strictly prohibited during any screening or program.

No cuts or changes will be made in the films by the Festival management for any reason.

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About BISFF

Roman Polanski, Martin Scorcese, James Cameron, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Girish Kasaravalli, Vidhu Vinod Chopra...you are in truly great company if you are a short filmmaker. Some of the greatest artists of our time have made short films to develop their trademark visual style and explore themes that would recur in their longer feature length films. Exceptionally imagined, tightly scripted, powerfully told short films move audiences, and Suchitra Film Society is proud to come up with a platform to showcase such talent.
Filmmakers from all across the world, students and professionals alike, are encouraged to send their work (short fiction only) that will be curated by some of the best minds in the industry, and screened at BISFF '14 in Bangalore. In its fourth year, BISFF has established itself as a unique audience experience that premieres the best short films in a competition and showcases shorts by past masters. Additionally, the festival offers hands-on filmmaking workshops and features panels with thought leaders in the industry. Suchitra hopes that BISFF will enable young filmmakers to learn from masters, collaborate with other creators, and offer the film loving public a visual treat like none other.

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Contact

E-mail: bisffblr@gmail.com
Phone: 08026711785 | +91 9845055034

Contact

Bangalore International Short FIlm Festival
C/o Suchitra Cinema & Cultural Academy
36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road,
Banashankari 2nd Stage,
Bangalore 560070
India