​Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (Govt. of Karnataka) Amrutotsava Bhavana,
​Nandini FHS Layout, ​Next to Presidency School,
Bangalore, India

Tel: 080 2349 4255

2019, Finished
Thu 7th Feb to Thu 14th Feb

Festival Overview

We are pleased to announce the 11th edition of BIFFes, the Bengaluru International Film Festival to be held during February 07 –14, 2019.

The festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra (Film) Academy for Government of Karnataka.

Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State in India, is an important centre of International film culture in keeping with Karnataka’s glorious heritage and the State’s achievements in the fields of literature, fine arts, and cinema. The Kannada Film Industry has made significant contribution to the quality and range of cinematic expression and grown to produce over a 200 films every year. Films from Karnataka have won national and international recognition and critical acclaim at various International Film Festivals.

We would like to recall here that our 10th edition held during February 22 – 01 March, 2018 in Bengaluru, was a resounding success with screening of 220 films across 12 screens from more than 45 countries, and witnessed by more than 9000 delegates (with 1,10,000 Footfalls), who enjoyed and appreciated the quality of cinema presented.

The Eleventh edition, to be held during February 07 – 14, 2019, in Bengaluru and will have different sections as mentioned below. Selection of films will be made by expert committees.

Contemporary ‘Cinema of the World’
Asian Cinema Competition
Chitrabharati (Indian Cinema) Competition
Kannada cinema Competition
Retrospectives – Directors / Artists / Technicians
Country Focus
Revisiting Classics
Homages & Remembrances
FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award winners
Network for promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) award winners
Bio Pics
Unsung Incredible India – Films from little known languages
Special Theme based films
Curated Documentary Section on Specific themes
Like in the previous editions, Competitive sections for Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema will also be held with handsome Cash prizes. An award for Life time achievement is also part of the film festival.

The festival will also host various forums for academic interactions on Filmmaking & Film Appreciation like seminars, Workshops, Master classes etc., for the benefit of film professionals, discerning audiences and students on different aspects of cinema.

We invite filmmakers, film fraternity, film critics, discerning cineastes from amongst the general public & International and National film Institutes & distribution agencies/organizations, to participate in this 11th edition of BIFFes. We sincerely hope the film lovers will utilize this opportunity to enroll as delegates and enjoy the contemporary world cinema and the classics.


REGULATIONS for Films in Competition Section
These regulations are applicable to the films invited to participate in the competition sections of the 11th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival.

BIFFes invites films for Competition sections of its 11th edition. The Competitions are held under Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema Categories. Expert committees will shortlist about 12 films under each category for final competition. The Chairman, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and Artistic Director will have additional discretionary powers to augment the selection process. The Asian cinema will have a Jury coordinated by NETPAC (an International Network for promotion of Asian & Pacific Cinemas) and the Indian and Kannada cinemas will have both National and International Juries for final adjudication. The International jury for Indian Cinema is coordinated through FIPRESCI (an International Federation of Film Critics) and for Kannada Cinema it is coordinated through NETPAC.

There are also awards for successful films under popular entertainment category and the shortlisting of 8 films are assigned to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. The final adjudication of awards is entrusted to a National Jury coordinated through Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy.

One Asian cinema and one Kannada cinema are awarded NETPAC recognition and Prize. In the category of Indian Cinema, 2 prizes are awarded for the best two films and a special Critics jury award for one film. Kannada cinema competition will have 3 prizes.

A special prize to recognize the lifetime achievement of a film personality either from India or abroad.

Total prize money earmarked for the competition sections amounts to Rs. 30 lakhs. Cash prizes, mementos and certificates will be issued for the winners of the competition in each category.


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Competition Entry Norms:
ASIAN CINEMA COMPETITION - BIFFes forum for Asian Cinema
Feature fiction Films Produced after January 1, 2018 in any of the Countries of the Asian continent of a minimum of 70 minutes duration are eligible to enter into the competition. They should however, not have won the NETPAC recognition/award in any other International Film Festival.

CHITRABHARATHI – BIFFes forum for Indian Cinema
Feature fiction Films produced after January 1, 2018 in any of the Indian Languages including English and dialects of a minimum of 70 minutes duration are eligible to enter into the competition. Date of issue of Certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification will be the date for the purpose of ascertaining the date of production.

KANNADA CINEMA COMPETITION – BIFFes forum for Kannada Cinema
Feature fiction Films produced after January 1, 2018 in Kannada and any of the dialects of the Karnataka state of a minimum of 70 minutes duration are eligible to enter into the competition. Date of issue of Certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification will be the date for the purpose of ascertaining the date of production.

Films which have already been considered for any competition section or exhibition earlier at BIFFes will not be eligible for reconsideration in any of the sections again.
The decision of the Chairman, KCA / Artistic Director of BIFFes in all matters connected with the selection and adjudication processes are final.
Entry deadlines and selection of films
Submission of film: Application and online screener link with English Subtitles must be submitted before December 15, 2018. Films should be submitted online at – with mail intimation to & with the following requirements.

Duly completed Entry Form (available on our website)

A notarized affidavit certifying the date of completion of the film and also agreeing to the rules and regulations of the festival.
Synopsis in English
Press Book or Publicity Brochure
A brief Note on the Director
Stills from the film and director's photograph
Name, address, telephone and e-mail of the person submitting the film

A non-refundable fee of Rs. 3000/- per entry for Indian and Kannada cinema competition sections is applicable. The fee should be transferred online either through the payment gateway Instamojo or through NEFT / IMPS in favour of "Bengaluru International Film Festival" payable at the State Bank of India, Bengaluru.


i. Films have to be in the following formats: DCP (Bluray only as a backup)
ii. All films should be sub-titled in English.
iii. Films that have participated in other festival competitions in India are also eligible.
iv. A list of films selected will be posted on the BIFFES website prior to the commencement of the festival. Only applicants of films selected will be informed in writing or by e-mail.

An expert panel will select the films for screening in the non-competition section. The Festival Director and Artistic Director of BIFFES have the right to waive any condition for selection.


The information regarding the fees will be updated on the website when we begin the delegate registration.

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