Adamas International Film Festival 15th to 18th April 2021

AIFF: A Dream Actualized

Adamas International Film Festival (AIFF), 2021 is a culmination of dreams, love, and appreciation for films and the art of filmmaking. It is a platform where motivation runs high for budding filmmakers to create and to showcase their work and contributions.  

 

 “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Taking inspiration from Emerson’s words, AIFF embarked on a journey to create a platform for the glocal audience.

  

Before the launch of AIFF, Adamas University has been actively participating in film festivals and won prestigious awards and accolades. Some of the acclaimed creations of AU included Pronoyoni, Sadak, Shanti Niketan: The Land of Tagore, and Recess. 

 

Advancing the journey of cinematic excellence of Bengal, AU has stepped on the path to creating a platform where love for and creation of cinematic experience converge. AIFF, the manifestation of this dream ignites creative passion, expression, and imagination. We welcome you to be a part of this cinematic movement, enjoy and craft the nuanced art of storytelling in motion.  

 

At AU, mentors with extensive experience in academia and the movie industry guide the students with insights. If you wish to be a part of this creative heaven and collaborate with our students to build something new, AIFF is your stage for your introduction to our ecosystem. 

Welcome to AIFF, 2021.

AU and AIFF: The creative journey of Bengal continues  

AU, nestled in Barasat, Kolkata currently in its fifth year of operation, aspires to impart the finest quality education to the young minds of the country. 

AU has a high-quality research facility and a talented team of teachers devoted to building academic excellence and professional competence. 

 

The School of Media, Communication, and Fashion (SMCF) in collaboration with Adamas University’s film club – “Kissewala” is organizing this film festival with extensive support and guidance from talented professionals and film industry experts. 

 

AIFF is keen to witness the spectacle of close bonding between industry and academia.  

Come early, register yourself, and be a part of the creative history of the eastern region as well as the country. 

You also get a chance to showcase your dreams and aspirations globally. 

Goals of AIFF

“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.”

 – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

AIFF is steadfastly pursuing its goals: to visualize and to create an ecosystem to experience the rich art of cinema. Filmmakers, on this platform, will showcase their creative content. Recognition and appreciation will be on offer. 

 

In the globalized world, where civilizations increasingly join hands together – in war, peace, and pandemic – AIFF firmly believes that films can bridge values, cultures, and humans. Cinematic experiences can create a universal creative involvement of both the fresh eyes of the public and experienced one of the industry professionals.

 

AIFF will hold interactive sessions, e.g., masterclasses and panel discussions with industry stalwarts to impart insightful knowledge to young enthusiasts and budding filmmakers. This film festival will open the gateway for dialogue, discussion, and brainstorming. The creativity that inspires exploration will prove to be a soul-searching experience for the participants.

 

Finally, we intend to send the message that film and film-makers can make a positive and transformative impact on society and its people.

Categories of Film Contest 

Applicants can participate in any of the following categories of films.

 

  • #1 – Documentary film – [Duration: 7 to 30 minutes]
  • #2 – Short film (Fiction) – [Duration: 5 to 30 minutes]
  • #3 – Mobile film (Amateur – for 11th and 12th Standard) [Duration: 3 to 6 minutes]
  • #4 – PSA film (Social Awareness) [Duration: 1 to 3 minutes]
  • #5- Ad film (Brand based) [Duration: 30 seconds to 1 minute]

View Adamas International Film Festival 2021 Brochure

General Rules

  • Participants can use smartphones, DSLR/Mirrorless, and professional cameras for shooting.
  • Submission of Short Film, Documentary, Mobile Film, PSA, and Ad Films made in-between 1st January 2020 to 15th March 2021
  • Accessories and equipment for lighting and sound may be used.
  • Films must be completed within the duration stipulated above. Exceeding the time limit may lead to disqualification.
  • The participant must be a student of a recognized institution.
  • The event registration form must be filed within the stipulated time.
  • There are no fees for registration.
  • Non-English portions must have subtitles.
  • Participants must submit the file with names and roles of the cast and crew, mentioned clearly and separately.
  • Content should be original (i.e., not infringing on any individual’s copyright/ trademark/ or patent /or any technical publications).
  • Non-copyrighted or background music and score available in the public domain may be used with due credits.
  • Usage of stock-photos and stock-footage are permitted but must be mentioned.
  • Political bias, hurtful content towards minorities, religious groups, or other organizations are not permitted.
  • Obscenity and vulgar depictions are not allowed and will lead to disqualification. Profanities, if any, in the film must be ‘bleeped-out’.
  • Organizers will not be responsible for video file non-compatibility or technical-difficulties on the participant’s side.
  • The decision of the organizers or judges would be final and irrevocable for all.
  • Shortlisted films will be screened at Adamas Auditorium, and portions of selected films might be used by Adamas University for promotional purposes of AIFF.
  • Adamas University and Adamas International Film Festival (AIFF) organizers will not take any responsibilities regarding late submission or technical Glitches – from the participant’s side during registration and final submission.

The entries should be submitted well in advance of the deadline i.e. 15th March 2021. 

Rules specific to categories

Documentary film

  • At least one interview must be included, without which the entry will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be submitted through the Drive link via forms in the AIFF page in MP4 (most preferably), HD (720p), HD-Ready (768p), or Full-HD (1080p) resolution or higher.

Short film (Fiction) & Mobile Film-making (Amateur)

  • Entries must be submitted through the Drive link via forms on the AIFF page in MP4 (most preferably), HD, HD-Ready, or Full-HD resolution or higher.

PSA film (Social Awareness) 

  • Theme: Any topic that promotes social issues and awareness can be portrayed without hurting any sentiments.
  • Entries must be submitted through the Drive link via forms on the AIFF page in MP4 (most preferably), HD, HD-Ready, or Full-HD resolution or higher.

Ad Film (Brand Based)

  • Theme: Advertisements promoting a fictitious or a real (with due permission of the brand), product, or services without hurting any sentiments.
  • Entries must be submitted through the Drive link via forms on the AIFF page in MP4 (most preferably), HD, HD-Ready, or Full-HD resolution or higher.

Programme Schedule

Dates – 15th to 18th April 2021

 

 15th April 2021 – DAY 1

 

10.30 am to 11.30 am – Inaugural Ceremony 

11.30 am to 1.00 pm – Screening of top winning Documentary Films

2.00 pm to 3.00 pm – Film Screening by filmmaker – Q & A

3.00 pm to 4.00 pm – My journey (actor/ director/ script-writer)

4.00 pm to 5.30 pm – Panel Discussion by Film Industry experts 

 Topic – “Film Industry: Trends and opportunities in the post-pandemic” moderated by Mr.Subhro Chowdhury 

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm – Master Class by Industry Expert on “Short Film Making” by Cyrus Dustur 

6.30 pm to 7.30 pm – Panel Discussion by Nepali Film Industry experts

Topic “Nepali Film Industry – Content, future and Challenges” moderated by Sampada Malla

 


16th April 2021 -DAY 2

 

10.30 am to 11.30 am – Screening of top winning PSA

11.30 am to 1.00 pm – Screening of top winning Ad Films (Brand based) 

2.00 pm to 3.00 pm – Film Screening by filmmaker – Q & A

3.00 pm to 4.00 pm – My journey (actor/ director/ script-writer)

4.00 pm to 5.30 pm – Panel Discussion by Film Industry experts

Topic- “Current Status of the Animation Industry: future and possibilities in South Asia” moderated by Mr. Ashish Kulkarni

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm – Master Class by Industry Expert 

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm – Panel Discussion by Bangladeshi Film Industry experts

Topic “Bangladeshi Film Industry – Content, future, and Challenges” 

 

 


17th April 2021 -DAY 3

 

10.30 am to 11.30 am – Screening of top winning Mobile Films

11.30 am to 1.00 pm – Master Class by Industry Expert

2.00 pm to 3.00 pm – Film Screening by filmmaker – Q & A

3.00 pm to 4.00 pm – My journey (actor/ director/ script-writer)

4.00 pm to 5.30 pm – Panel Discussion by Film Industry experts

Topic – “Bengali Cinema & OTT platforms: Challenges and Opportunities” moderated by Mr.Manas Basu

5.30 pm to 6.30 pm – Master Class by Industry Expert 

 

 


18th April 2021 –Day – 4

10.30 am to 11.30 am – Screening of top winning Short film Fiction 

11.30 am to 1.00 pm – Panel Discussion by Film Experts & Film Critics 

Topic – “Satyajit Ray and Soumitra Chatterjee – The greatest collaboration in the history of Indian Cinema” 

The journey from Apur Sansar to Ganashatru

2.00 pm to 3.00 pm – My journey (actor/ director/ script-writer)

3.00 pm to 4.30 pm – Panel Discussion by Film Industry experts 

Topic – “Opportunities and Scope for the budding filmmakers in the International film- festivals” by Mr. Praveen Nagda 

4.30 pm to 5.30 pm – Master Class by Industry Expert

5.30 pm to 7.30 pm – Valedictory session – Award ceremony