Chalachitram National Film Festival



CNFF 2019 / Submission Open


Non Competitive Section : Open for Indian and NRI

Any Film based on the themes of the competition.

Feature, non-feature produced after 1st Jan 2018

Competition Section : Open for Indian and NRI



Duration: Non Feature max-30 mints (with credit titles),

Produced after 1st Jan 2018 (please include Censor Certificate or self-attested declaration by the producer / director)


  1. Land and people 2. Tourism 3. Arts    4. Music and Musician   5. Festivals   6. Monuments and Heritage sites  7. Social reformers and pioneers   8. Sports  9. Social Awareness  10. Indian Family system  11. Environments  12. Women


Cash award of Rs 1,00,000.00 for the Best film

Cash award of Rs 50,000.00 for the best film among the films from North East,

Film Critic Circle of India’s Citation for the Best Film

Jury Special Award for Short-Docu and Animation.


Aim and Objective

The objectives of competition are –

To explore to possibilities of film as a weapon to create awareness about Heritage and Patriotism. To discover the uniqueness of our heritage which is our pride and part of cultural richness.


Entries at CNFF are open to all Indian and NRI.

Duration of the short film: maximum 25 minutes

For Feature Film: maximum 120 mnts including front and back credits.

The film may be in any format, including cell phone but only online screener, DVD will be accepted for the competition.

The film can either be silent or with dialogues. Films other than English, must have English subtitles.

The DVD can be sent by courier or post and should be submitted with Entry fee (for competition only) and Entry form and other materials.

Films once selected and submitted for final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances till festival is over.

Entry materials including stills, posters synopsis of film shall not be returned to the entrant.

The two copies DVDs  of the film(PAL or NTSC system mp4 format with H-24 codec or standard mpeg-2, avi, wmv format should have following on a plain paper and posted on the non-playing side- Film Title (original and English), Running time (in minutes), Country,  Year of Production, Contact number and email id of Producer/Production Company.

All hard copies /DVDs/ sent to the CNFF must be prepaid and insured by your own protection and addressed to Coordinator – Competition, CHALACHITRAM NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Viswa Sangbad Kendra, 247 Hengerabari Road, Ganeshguri, GUWAHATI 781036 Assam, India,

Tel 70023 89344

email id:

Complete documentation of the film is to be made to Festival when required. The DVD must be sent by registered mail stating of “No Commercial Value” and only for selection/cultural purposes. The postal/customs fees of the submitted film will be borne by the entrant. Multiple entries can be submitted but there should be separate entry forms, preview DVD/Blu Ray, synopsis/description. Each film is to be considered as new entry. The organizing, selection committee members, juries are not allowed to participate as contestant.

ENTRY FEES : Rs 1,000 (for competition section)

Payment of fees –

Fee will have to deposit at


Bank : Union Bank of India

A/C No : 555802010007464

IFSC Code: UBIN0555584

Or by Demand Draft drawn in favour of Chalachitram payable at Guwahati.

The  DD can be sent through courier along with film, DVD and press kit.

Film submission

Last Date of receiving films is 10th February 2019.

ENTRY FEE Rs 1000 only.

Festival dates – 1st, 2nd, 3rd March, 2019

Film should be submitted before deadline. The CNFF is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen or misappropriated entries.

Entry forms with incorrect/inadequate/illegible/ambiguous particulars will not be considered. The festival committee reserves the rights to accepts or refuse any film without assigning any reason whatsoever.

DVD’s/ Online Screeners’ submitted for selection shall be final and no changes will be allowed after submission.


A jury board consisting of artists, critics, film makers, writers and other professionals will select the films.

The decision of jury shall be final and no further correspondence on any matter shall be entertained on selection of films.

The selected films will be notified through website/social media platforms as per schedule. However the Festival Committee reserves the rights to change dates, without assigning any reason whatsoever.

The Festival Committee reserves the rights to show the films on non commercial basis in different towns of North East. For promotional/publicity purposes, excerpts of film which has entered the festival, may be shown in electronic media/internet and other related media during festival period.

Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, voice for further advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

Filmmakers/delegates of short listed films will be invited to attend the CHALACHITRAM NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL where the films will be screened. However the festival will not arrange or reimburse for travel / accommodation expenses of the participants.

The Film Festival has the power to settle all cases not covered by rules and regulations.

Participation in the Film Festival implies acceptance of all aforesaid regulations and respect of screening and submission rules.


Short films which are submitted must be entrants’ original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third party. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required permission regarding music, sound and/or images presented in short film. The festival organizer is not to be held liable for any copyrights infringement perpetuated by the contestant or his film.

The festival organizers reserve the right not to screen any film for any reason it deems valid. The contestant accepts the responsibility of the accuracy of information supplied and authorities HSFC to reproduce/use personal/company’s contact information as supplied. All legal issues, if any shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Guwahati High Court.

Entrants will retain all ownership rights.