Calcutta International Short Film Festival 2022

The vision of the Calcutta International Short Film Festival is to create a dynamic platform to acknowledge the filmmaking efforts of independent filmmakers and showcase their best stories to the cinephiles in India and around the globe.

We have an innate curiosity to see other cultures, how beautiful they are, and what good they are accomplishing. Cinema is one of the windows that allows us to observe them and witness the greatness of our humanity. It is a magical instrument that speaks a universal language, allowing it to instantly link individuals all over the world.

Artists Integrated, an independent media initiative, is presenting its third edition of the Calcutta International Short Film Festival (CISHORTFF-2022), which aspire to explore that innate curiosity in the form of short length cinema.

The CISHORTFF-2022 also offers exclusive and effective networking events for filmmakers, seminars, industry panels, workshops, and masterclasses), as well as an immersive experience for our fans. We celebrate filmmakers of all genres that tell compelling tales, encourage diversity, and investigate societal concerns while stimulating lively debate.


Short Live Action

This segment invites submission of short length fictional narratives and of duration lesser than 30 minutes (including credits).



This segment invites submission of short lenght video art and experimental films of duration lesser than 30 minutes (including credits).

Short Animation

This segment invites submission of short animations and of duration lesser than 30 minutes (including credits).

Music Video

This segment invites the submission of Music Videos, with an option of English subtitles for the non-English language

Short Documentary

This segment invites submission of short  length documentaries and of duration lesser than 30 minutes (including credits).

Advertisements/ Commercial Films

This segment invites the submission of creative work of advertisements/ commercials.


  1. All films submitted must have been produced on or after January 1, 2020, and must satisfy the following selection criteria:

  2. CISHORTFF-2022 considers an entry to be a short film if it is 30 minutes or less in length.

  3. Short films that are available for viewing in the public domain will not be eligible. This covers DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/OTT platforms/online digital portals/websites.

  4. Promotional films are not permitted to be submitted to the CISHORTFF-2022 (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, awareness campaigns, etc.)


By submitting your film to the CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2022 (CISHORTFF-2021), you expressly acknowledge that you are the rightful authorized person to do so and accept to be bound by the accompanying Terms & Conditions:

  1. A film's submission to the CISHORTFF-2022 does not guarantee its selection as a nomination/official selection/award. Canvassing in any form will result in the submission being disqualified at CISHORTFF-2022.

  2. All official selections/nominees will be presented with a certificate and laurels. The awards will only be given to the winners picked by the judges.

  3. All contributions must be no more than 30 minutes long (including credits).

  4. All entries must be accompanied by English subtitles.

  5. A filmmaker may submit more than one film in a category and multiple categories at the same time.

  6. The CISHORTFF-2022 has the right to reject any entry.

  7. The CISHORTFF-2022 is hereby granted the right to use an extract from any film submitted for festival promotional reasons.

  8. You agree to indemnify and hold the CISHORTFF-2022 harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and court costs) incurred as a result of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and publicity.

  9. The festival does not fund any of the filmmaker's expenditures.

  10. The fact that your film was chosen as an Official Selection does not guarantee that it will be screened at the festival. It implies that your film was well received by our panel of judges, and you may use the festival emblem on your poster.

  11. Submission/Entry fees are non-refundable in any case.

  12. CISHORTFF-2022 reserves the right to change these Rules & Terms at any moment and without notice. Each such amendment takes effect immediately. It is the filmmakers' obligation to check for modifications to these Rules & Terms on a regular basis.


  1. Participation in the Calcutta International Short Film Festival immediately implies compliance with India's current laws and regulations. Producers, distributors, and other companies submitting films to the Festival must ensure that they are legally permitted to do so.

  2. All filmmakers understand and agree that if their film is nominated/accepted for showing at the film festival, they grant CISHORTFF-2022 complete and unrestricted authority to play the film at times determined by the festival and to charge an entrance fee for the screening.

  3. The Filmmaker knows and accepts that they will not receive any revenue from box office proceeds, which will be wholly kept by the festival to assist cover the overall cost of the festival presentation. It should be remembered that box office receipts never cover the cost of presenting the short film programming.

  4. The Filmmaker accepts and understands that while the festival (CISHORTFF-2022) will do everything necessary to display the films in the best possible way, the festival (CISHORTFF-2022) is not responsible for any malfunctions during the production's presentation during its festival screening. Before the public viewing, all entries are meticulously pre-screened to ensure that the screenings meet professional standards. The Festival (CISHORTFF-2021) accepts no responsibility for any technical difficulties that may arise during the display of this film at the event.

  5. The Festival reserves the right to judge any issues not covered by the Regulations and to make exceptions to the Regulations in justified and well-motivated cases. If a disagreement arises over the interpretation of any article in these regulations, the original Indian legislation will be considered binding.

  6. The Filmmaker understands that the festival will take every precaution to safeguard and control the viewing of their entry/screener link. The event accepts no responsibility for entry theft, copyright breaches, or piracy.


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