Terms & Conditions

Rules & Terms

• Indian Showcase – Competition for Indian Feature Films produced in all Indian
languages/ dialects
• Stars on the horizon- Competition for Indian Debut Directors
• Cinema of the Sellers – Competition for Indian Advertising/Public Services Films
• Short is Sweet – International Competition for Short Films

  • World Panorama – Competitive section for Best International feature films

Films made between 1 September 2016 and 1st June 2017 are eligible for participation in the Delhi chapter of the festival. However, films made between 2 June 2017 and 31 August 2017 will be eligible for the Mumbai chapter and included through a phase two selection processes after conclusion of the Delhi chapter. The Mumbai chapter will not consider any film made before 2 June 2017.

• Delhi Chapter – 31 May 2017
• Mumbai Chapter – 31 August 2017


  1. INDIAN SHOWCASE (INDIAN LANGUAGES) – is a competitive section for feature films produced and certified in India.
    Films entered in the Competition Section must fulfill the following conditions:
    o Films must be Feature Films / Short Films/Advertising Films/ International Feature
    o They must have been completed between September 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. And
    for Mumbai June 2nd, 2017 to August 31st, 2017 in addition.
    o Eligibility period will be determined by the Censorship certificate, for films produced
    outside India, a certification by relevant Film Board of the country or attestation by
    the relevant Embassy in India would suffice. All films produced in India must have
    certification by Central Board of Film Certification. For international films, Jagran
    Secretariat will obtain Censorship Exemption from ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, New Delhi
    o In the case of co-productions, at least one of the producers/production companies
    must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in the competition
    section of the Festival and the authority to receive an award, if any, is won.
    o Entrants must agree that if their film/films win any of the Jagran Film Festival
    Awards, all screenings thereafter will acknowledge the Award(s) on the film itself.
    • Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by the Directorate of
    Jagran Film Festival. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be
    shown in the Jagran Film Festival with the consent of the entrant in some other
    • The films should be submitted only on DVD or Blue Ray formats in HD. DCPs can
    also be submitted for final screenings.
    • The Jury for the Indian Competition and Jagran Shorts will consist of a Chairman and
    not less than two and not more than four other members.
    • The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present
    and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The
    Directorate of Jagran Film Festival or its representatives can attend the deliberations
    of the jury.
    • No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of
    a competitive entry will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain
    from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted
    for their judgment, until after the jury’s decisions have been formally announced at
    the closing function.
    • Awards for JFF 2017 – Applicable for Indian Films only.
    o Cinema of the Sellers-Gold
    o Cinema of the Sellers-Silver
    o Cinema of the Sellers-Bronze
    o Best Screenplay
    o Best Cinematography
    o Best Sound (Re Recordist)
    o Best Editing
    o Best Singer Female
    o Best Singer Male
    o Best Background Score
    o Best Music Director
    o Best Short Film
    o Best Debut Director
    o Best Female Actor India
    o Best Male Actor India
    o Best Director
    o Best Feature Film
    o Best International Movie
    o Special Contribution to the Cinematic Art
    o Icons of Indian Cinema
    o Best Writer
    o Best Critics
    o Best Writing on Cinema
    • Lifetime Achievement Award (To be given to an individual for his/her outstanding
    contribution to world cinema)
    • Entrants would be informed of selection of the film latest by June 20th, 2017 by the
    Directorate of Jagran Film Festival.
    • DVDs of films may also be sent for purposes of selection only so as to reach the
    Directorate of Jagran Film Festival not later than May 30th, 2017. Single
    consignments which are not part of a larger shipment should be air- mailed directly
    to the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival. DVDs may also be sent through Diplomatic
    • Film Producers, Distributors their duly authorized representatives or duly
    authorized government organizations / agencies of the participating countries may
    enter their films for the International Competition for feature films, Thematic,
    Indian Classic, Indian – Competitive, Animated, Films by Debut Directors, Short Films
    and Cinema of the Sellers in the Entry Form.
    • The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival may also invite films if it considers them of
    • Screeners on DVD/ Blue ray DVD/ (or one line links) of the films selected for
    exhibition in the Festival must reach the Festival office in New Delhi on or before
    May 31, 2017 for all cities except for Mumbai Screening for which the last date is
    August 31, 2017. The title(s) of the film(s) sent, shipping details including the dates
    of dispatch and the air consignment number must be faxed/e-mailed to the
    Directorate of Jagran Film Festival. DVD/ Blue ray should ideally be air
    freighted/couriered directly to the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival at the address
    given in these regulations.
    • The Blue Ray / DVDs should be sent “freight pre-paid” i.e. at senders cost.
    • The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival will not bear freight or any other charges for
    unsolicited films, Videos, DVDs sent to it, if these are not selected for screening in
    the Festival.
    • In the case of publicity material, etc. sent pre-paid by Courier Services or through
    agents in India, the concerned Courier Service/agent should be instructed to deliver
    the material directly to the office of the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival in Delhi.
    The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival shall not be responsible for any material that
    is diverted to some other city.
    • Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in all
    languages must have subtitles in English. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with
    subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are enquired, may not be
    considered for preview and also will also not be screened in the Festival.
    • All films screenings at Jagran Film Festival would either be certified by Central Board
    of Film Certification, India or have obtained exemption under Section 9 of
    Cinematograph Act, 1952. In case of International Films Jagran Film Festival will get
    the approvals for exemption of certification from the Ministry of Broadcasting.
    • The accepted films may be shown in some of the 16 cities (specified in Point1), by
    the Directorate of Jagran Film Festival.
    • The Festival proposes to have a maximum of five screenings per film as per FIAPF
    Regulations for non-competitive festivals and competitive specialized festivals which
    allow for a maximum of five screenings per film.
    9. The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival reserves the right to exclude films which are
    not in conformity with aims of the Festival, or which could offend the national
    feelings, sensibilities of communities and susceptibilities of any participating
    country, or are likely to promote racial discrimination.
    • Classroom and Demo films are not eligible for participation in any section.
    • Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be
    refused after checking of the DVDs by the Print Checking Unit of the Directorate of
    Jagran Film Festival.
    • The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in Jagran Film
    Festival of India with regard to parties connected with the production / distribution
    of the participating film and / or other right holders/licenses.
    • Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.
    • The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival will decide all matters not expressly provided
    for in these regulations but in conformity with the provisions of the International
    Regulations for film festivals and decision of The Directorate of Jagran Film Festival
    shall be final and binding on all parties.

Please read the complete form thoroughly before making Submissions, Directorate of Jagran Film Festival will not be liable for any loss of Content, Participation, and Material whatsoever. All films will be shortlisted for screening/ competition by the preview panel and further Judged by the Jury panel in Mumbai.

    • All correspondence, publicity materials, DVDs and film prints should be addressed to:

Siddharth Kapila
Directorate of Jagran Film Festival
Jagran Prakashan Limited
50, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III
New Delhi – 20
Tel: +91 11 3082 0300
Fax: +91 11 3082 0300
E-Mail: For all queries: info@jff.co.in

Award Categories and Prize Distribution


Awards for JFF 2017 – Applicable for Indian Films only.

o               Cinema of the Sellers-Gold

o               Cinema of the Sellers-Silver

o               Cinema of the Sellers-Bronze

o               Best Screenplay

o               Best Cinematography

o               Best Sound (Re Recordist)

o               Best Editing

o               Best Singer Female

o               Best Singer Male

o               Best Background Score

o               Best Music Director

o               Best Short Film

o               Best Debut Director

o               Best Female Actor India

o               Best Male Actor India

o               Best Director

o               Best Feature Film

o               Best International Movie

o               Special Contribution to the Cinematic Art

o               Icons of Indian Cinema

o               Best Writer

o               Best Critics

o               Best Set Design

o               Best Costume

o               Best VFX

o               Best Make Up

o               Best Writing on Cinema

o               Lifetime Achievement Award (To be given to an individual for his/her outstanding

contribution to world cinema)

Prize Money to the selected categories :

Best Foreign Film $2000*

Best Short Film – $1000*

Best Film – ₹ 2 lac*

Best Director- ₹ 1.5 lac*

Best Debut Director – ₹1 lac*


*Prize money includes the gross amount to be paid by Jagran Film Festival. Taxes as and where will be applicable as per Government of India.

Dollar amount is only for representation and understanding of the prize amount in the said category. Winners will be paid in INR only equivalent to the said dollar amount.

Jagran Film Festival reserves the rights for any and change in prize money, or no prize money without any prior notice.