Tamil Nadu Independent Film Festival (1)



Deadlines

05 Dec 2019
Call for entries

15 Jan 2020
Early deadline

15 Feb 2020
Standard deadline

10 Mar 2020
Late deadline

31 Mar 2020
Extended deadline

2
mths

30 Jun 2020
Notification date

10 Aug 2020
19 Aug 2020

Address

Kodambakkam,  600024, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India


Festival description
Short film festival >1' 45'<
Feature film festival >70' 120'<


Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Fiction
 Documentary
 Animation
 Fantastic
 Terror
 Experimental
 Music Video
 Other
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 May 2015
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 45'<
 Feature Films  >70' 120'<
 Any language
 Subtitles 
English
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English


Festival start: 10 August 2020      Festival end: 19 August 2020

MISSION

Tamil Nadu Independent Film Festival (TNIFF) is an international competitive festival of its kind, to be hosted in Chennai City. TNIFF is all about celebrating, educating, empowering, promoting and proliferating amazing quality independent Cinema in Chennai (Formerly known as Madras) the capital city of the State of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Independent Film festival is a platform to promote inter-cultural relationship, discuss diversity in the current state of the Film Industry and help bring change in the future state of the Film Industry.

Article 2: ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

JD Media Promotions, an organization involved in promoting and empowering the film Medium from April 2009 is organizing the first edition of Tamil Nadu Independent Film Festival 2020 (TNIFF 2020). JD Media Promotions has been the backbone for getting recognition for its many film makers (Clients). These film makers have achieved great heights because of the visibility they received through screening and winning awards at many International and National film Festivals.

ARTICLE 3: FESTIVAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

TNIFF offers 10 days of celebration, of amazing quality independent Cinema through the following programs; Live screenings of Local & International Cinema, press opportunities, networking occasions, industry attendance, markets, speed pitches, live reads, Discussion Forum & high-quality Workshops. Film categories include Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Documentary, Short Films, Animated Films, Music Videos, Ad films and Student Productions from film schools.

INTERNATIONAL MIX AWARDS
1) Best Narrative Feature
2) Best Long Documentary Feature
3) Best Animated Feature
4) Best Short Documentary
5) Best Short Film
6) Best Animated short
7) Best Music Videos
8) Best Ad film
9) Best Debut Director (For International Feature)
10) Best Female Debut Director (For International Feature)
11) Best Director (For International Short)
12) Best Debut Director (For International Short)
13) Best Female Debut Director (For International Short)
14) Best Screenplay (For International Feature)
15) Best Young Filmmaker (Ages 18 - 25 Years Old)

INDIAN SPECIAL MIX AWARDS
1) Best Narrative Feature
2) Best Long Documentary Feature
3) Best Animated Feature
4) Best Short Documentary
5) Best Short Film
6) Best Animated Short
7) Best Music Video
8) Best Ad films
9) Best Screenplay (For Indian Feature)
10) Best Director(For Indian Feature)
11) Best Debut Director(For Indian Feature)
12) Best Female Debut Director(For Indian Feature)
13) Best Actor (For Indian Feature)
14) Best Director(For Indian Short)
15) Best Debut Director(For Indian Short)
16) Best Female Debut Director(For Indian Short)
17) Best Young Filmmaker (Ages 18 - 25 Years Old)


TAMIL SPECIAL MIX AWARDS
1) Best Narrative Regional Feature
2) Best Long Documentary Regional Feature
3) Best Animated National Regional
4) Best Regional Short Documentary
5) Best Regional Short Film
6) Best Regional Animated Short
7) Best Regional Music Video
8) Best Regional Ad films
9) Best Cinematography (For Regional Feature)
10) Best Editing (For Regional Feature)
11) Best Music (For Regional Feature)
12) Best Background score (For Regional Feature)
13) Best Screenplay (For Regional Feature)
14) Best Director (For Regional Feature)
15) Best Debut Director (For Regional Feature)
16) Best Female Debut Director (For Regional Feature)
17) Best Actor (For Regional Feature)
18) Best Actress (For Regional Feature)
19) Best Child Artist (For Regional Feature)
20) Best Cinematography (For Regional Short)
21) Best Editing (For Regional Short)
22) Best Music (For Regional Short)
23) Best Background score (For Regional Short)
24) Best Screenplay (For Regional Short)
25) Best Director (For Regional Short)
26) Best Debut Director (For Regional Short)
27) Best Female Debut Director (For Regional Short)
28) Best Actor (For Regional Short)
29) Best Actress (For Regional Short)
30) Best Child Artist (For Regional Short)
31) Best Young Filmmaker (Ages 18 - 25 Years Old)

GENERATION NEXT AWARDS
Generation Next – Grade Schooler
1) Best Narrative Feature
2) Best Long Documentary Feature
3) Best Animated Feature
4) Best Short Documentary
5) Best Short Film
6) Best Animated Short
7) Best Music Videos
8) Best Ad films
9) Best Director (For Narrative Feature)
10) Best Debut Director (For Narrative Feature)
11) Best Female Debut Director (For Narrative Feature)
12) Best Actor (For Regional Feature)
13) Best Actress (For Regional Feature)
14) Best Child Artist (For Regional Feature)
15) Best Director (For Narrative Short)
16) Best Debut Director (For Narrative Short)
17) Best Female Debut Director (For Narrative Short)
18) Best Child Artist (For Narrative Short)
19) Best Young Filmmaker (Ages 18 - 25 Years Old)

Generation Next –Teen
1) Best Narrative Feature
2) Best Long Documentary Feature
3) Best Animated Feature
4) Best Short Documentary
5) Best Short Film
6) Best Animated Short
7) Best Music Videos
8) Best Ad films
9) Best Director (For Narrative Feature)
10) Best Debut Director (For Narrative Feature)
11) Best Female Debut Director (For Narrative Feature)
12) Best Actor (For Regional Feature)
13) Best Actress (For Regional Feature)
14) Best Child Artist (For Narrative Feature)
15) Best Director (For Narrative Short)
16) Best Debut Director (For Narrative Short)
17) Best Female Debut Director (For Narrative Short)
18) Best Child Artist (For Narrative Short)
19) Best Young Filmmaker (Ages 18 - 25 Years Old)

CAMPUS STUDENT AWARDS
1) Best Student Documentary
2) Best Student Short Film
3) Best Student Animated Short
4) Best Student Music Videos
5) Best Student Ad films

SPECIAL AWARDS
Special honourable jury mention Awards, Special festival mentions Awards & Audience Award in each category (based on festival attendees vote)

The competitive sections are International Mix, Indian Special Mix, Tamil Special Mix, Campus Student Mix, Generation Next – Grade Schooler & Generation Next – Teen.

The non-competitive sections are World Panorama, Retrospective & Homage, Indian Classics & Special Presentations

Awards will be given under 6 major Categories Namely International, National, Regional, Generation Next (Grade Schooler & Generation Next –Teen), Campus Student & Special.

ARTICLE 4: SECTIONS
GENERAL RULES OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SECTION:
The international competition section comprises of International Mix, Panorama, Indian Special Mix, Tamil Special Mix, Campus Student Mix, Generation Next – Grade Schooler & Generation Next – Teen.

Eligibility:

All films produced or coproduced from or after 1st May 2015 are eligible for this section. Films must not be on YouTube or other digital platforms.

Run Time:

Films with the maximum run time of 120 Min is eligible under Narrative Feature, Films with the minimum run time of 50 Min and above and up to any length is eligible under Long Documentary Feature, Films with the maximum run time of 120 Min is eligible under Animated Feature, Films with the maximum run time of 50 Min is eligible under Short Documentary, Films with the maximum run time of 45 Min is eligible under Short Film, Films with the maximum run time of 45 Min is eligible under Animated Film, Videos with the maximum run time of 5 Min is eligible under Music Video, Films with the maximum run time of 1 Min is eligible under Ad Films.

RULES OF INDIAN SPECIAL MIX:

Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Animated Feature, Short Documentary, Short Films, Animated Films, Music Videos, Ad are eligible. This section is for films produced or co-produced in India in an approved Indian language. Films must not be on YouTube or other digital platforms.

RULES OF TAMIL SPECIAL MIX:

It comprises of Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Animated Feature, Short Documentary, Short Films, Animated Films, Music Videos and Ad films. This section is for films which are challenging and new, made in Tamil language. Films must not be on YouTube or other digital platforms.

RULES OF CAMPUS STUDENT MIX:

It comprises of Short Documentaries, Short Films, Animated Films, Music Videos and Ad films. This section is for films made by students belonging to film schools. Proof of film school Student will be requested upon selection of the film. Films must not be on YouTube or other digital platforms.

RULES OF GENERATION NEXT:

Generation Next is a Competition Section which is further sub divided into two sub divisions namely A) Generation Next – Grade Schooler Section for films made for children in the age group of 5 - 12 yrs. & B) Generation Next – Teen Section for films made for children in the age group of 13-18 yrs. Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Documentary, Short Films, Animated Films, Music Videos and Ad films are eligible. Films from all countries including Indian films will compete together in this section. Films made for children by both Children and grown-ups are eligible. Films must not be on YouTube or other digital platforms.

ARTICLE 5: GENERAL RULES FOR FILMS IN COMPETITION

a) Films originally in other languages must have English subtitles. All films screened in the Competition Section will be in the Original Language with English subtitles.
b) The date of completion for International films, where no proof is available, the date of the first theatrical screening will be considered. For all Indian films the date on the certificate issued by the Central Board of Film Certification will be considered. If no certificate is available a signed affidavit on Rs.100/- Stamp Paper stating date of completion of film will be considered. Theatrical screening dates will not apply to Indian Films.
c) For all Films without a Certification from the CBFC, the Festival will apply for an exemption from the Information &Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India, for the period of the Festival. The film will be screened subject to receiving this exemption.
d) Selection of films for competition, are done by a Selection Committee, set up by the Festival Committee. The decision taken by the Festival Committee on the recommendation of the Selection Committee will be considered as final and non-appealable. The Festival Director has a special right to waive any condition for participation in the Competition.
e) No legal claim can be filed for participation in the competition.
f) Once officially selected No film shall be withdrawn from the festival programme.
g) TNIFF does not pay rental/screening fees. Instead, our limited resources are invested in the production and promotion of the best possible showcase for your work.
h) Previously submitted works are not eligible for re-submission.
i) Films available on YouTube and other OTT platforms are not eligible. The film contains no material, which is gory, obscene, libellous or defamatory.
j) During the festival, before the official screening, none of the invited films shall be screened outside the festival venue by the film makers or entrants
k) Selection at any other International festival does not ensure selection at TNIFF.
l) Films or revised version of films submitted in a previous edition of the festival will not be considered for any of the Competition Sections but maybe considered for inclusion in non-competitive sections.
m) Films selected in the Competition sections will be screened by the organizer JD Media Promotions as part of its non-commercial screening activity in other parts of Tamil Nadu State. Prior information will be given to the respective film owners on such occasions.

ARTICLE 6: GENERAL RULES FOR NON-COMPETITIVE SECTION

a) All films produced or coproduced before 1st May 2015 are eligible for this section.
b) Films with the maximum run time of 120 Min is eligible under Narrative Feature, Films with the minimum run time of 50 Min and above and up to any length is eligible under Long Documentary Feature, Films with the maximum run time of 120 Min is eligible under Animated Feature, Films with the maximum run time of 50 Min is eligible under Short Documentary, Films with the maximum run time of 45 Min is eligible under Short Film, Films with the maximum run time of 45 Min is eligible under Animated Short Film, Videos with the maximum run time of 5 Min is eligible under Music Video, Films with the maximum run time of 1 Min is eligible under Ad Films.
c) Films except those in English must be in their original version with English subtitles. A Selection committee set up by the Festival committee will recommend films for the non-competitive section called World Panorama.
d) Curated Sections: The following curated sections are also included in the festival:
1. World Panorama
2. Retrospective & Homage
3. Indian Classics &
4. Special Presentations as per Festival programme





  

 
  

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