RULES & REGULATIONS
Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Druk International Film Festival (DIFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.
DIFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2000, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the DIFF is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning films will receive an award or a certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.
All filmmakers understand and accept that if their film is accepted for presentation and screening at the film festival, they grant full and unrestricted permission for DIFF to screen the film/video at times of the festivals choice and to charge an admission fee for the presentation of the digital video program. All the presented film/videos do win GOLDEN DRAGON AWARDS from the festival, DIFF only screens winners.
The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the Box-office proceeds which are fully retained by the festival to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation. It should be noted for the record that box-office proceeds never cover the cost of presentation of the Features and Short Film Programs. The filmmaker releases the festival (DIFF) from any and all liability for dam-ages or destruction of the entered DCP.
The Filmmaker understands that the entered DCP will be retained in a secure facility by the festival, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The festival assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the entry. The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the festival will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the festival (DIFF) is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its festival screening.
We use Professional Pioneer International playback systems, all formats, all regions, including Region 0. All entries are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure that the DCP does perform to industry Standards. The Festival (DIFF) assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this video at the actual event.
The Film Festival (DIFF) reserves the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite its being selected for screening.
The filmmaker will endeavor to present to The Festival (DIFF) a new and pre-checked Hard disk / DCP for the actual presentation of the video at the festival.
The officially selected project in each month receives DIFF laurel and certificate. All monthly Award Winners receive laurel and customized certificate and are rated on their respective IMDb pages (if applicable). Each month, most representatives of monthly award winners are screened in Paro.
- Best Director
- Best Young Filmmaker (under 18)
- Best Debut Filmmaker
- Best Cinematography
- Best Editing
- Best Sound Designing
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best LGBT Film
- Best Animated Film
- Best Family/Children Film
- Best Educational Film
- Best Film on Disability Issue
- Best Film on Religion
- Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife
- Best Travel Film
- Best Silent Film
- Best One Minute Film
- Best Short Script
- Best Bhutanese Narrative Feature
- Best International Narrative Feature
- Best Documentary Film
- Best Experimental Film
- Best Bhutanese Short Film
- Best International Short Film
- Best Student Film
- Best VR/AR and 360º Film
- Best Drone Film
- Best Web and New Media Film
- Best Mobile Film
- Best Horror/Science Fiction Feature Film
- Best Women’s Film
- Best Postmodern Film
- Best Free Speech Film
- Best Television/Pilot Program or Series
- Best Commercial/Advertisement
- Best Music Video
- Best Film Score/Soundtrack
- Best Trailer/Teaser
- Best Film/Video Poster
- Best Photography
- Best Treatment/ Synopsis
- Best Feature Script
Besides the BEST OF THE CATEGORY AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS, which are given, in all categories.
Each year we select the Best of the Best (From the pool of all award winners from all Seasons) and the FINAL WINNERS receive the prestigious GOLDEN DRAGON AWARDS and are screened in the theatre at Paro in front of live audience.
2022 Winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in the Q&A session after the screening.
DATES & DEADLINES
- April 25th, 2023 Opening Date
- May 2nd, 2023: Earlybird Deadline
- May 25th, 2023: Final Deadline
- May 29th, 2023: Notification Date
- June 2nd, 2023: Event Date