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There is no entry fee to submit a film

Notification Date  October 15, 2021

Gandhara Independent Film Festival is back for a second online edition, and just as before, we are committed to sharing your insightful, inventive and inspired short films with the world. We are looking for Narrative Short Films with a maximum duration of 25 minutes made between 2018 - 2021. The short films must have credits included, English subtitles embedded, and shared as 1080P MOV/MP4 files.

Selected films will be screen via our website without GEO BLOCKING and accessible free to watch globally.


  1. Content of the submitted film(s) should be creative and completely original including the sound/music used and should not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.

  2. Under no circumstances should the content of the films contain any offensive language, violence, religious content or hate speech, defamatory content, politically sensitive topics, material or comment and sexual innuendos or nudity.

  3. Any film containing one or more of the above mentioned will be disqualified.

By entering Gandhara Independent Film Festival, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

  1. There is no entry fee to submit a film.

  2. The festival theme is open and non-competitive in category of fiction.

  3. All films must have been made 2018 onwards.

  4. The duration of the short films should not be more than 25 minutes including credits.

  5. The film should contain subtitles in English.

  6. All the films will be screen via our website without GEO BLOCKING and accessible free to watch globally.

  7. There is no restriction to the number of films that can be submitted by an individual or an entity. However, each submitted film requires a separate submission form.

  8. Films that have been broadcasted on television, and/or are available to view in full online, are still eligible for submission.

  9. By sending your submission to participate in our festival, you agree that your trailer & posters will be uploaded on our website and our social networks' pages.

  10. The festival has the right to screen these films on any collaboration festival or media.

  11. All copyrights and intellectual properties belong to their authors and will be properly quoted.

  12. The festival will not bear any expenses for participants nor provide any screening fees.

  13. Submitting your film to the GIFF is not a guarantee of selection.

  14. GIFF will communicate all details through email communications only, please give authorized email and respond to emails ASAP. No phone call inquires.

  15. All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.

  16. The decision of the festival programmers is final and not questionable.

  17. The festival organizers reserve the right to suspend and/or modify the festival if necessary.