About The Competition
Druk International Film Festival is a monthly live screening international event. Each month World film industry specialists announce 20 Officially Selected films in each category and out of them one film receives the Best of Category award. All the Officially Selected films receive DIFF Certificate. In each month we publish an academic and detailed review of the award winning films in our portal. In addition, the best of each month’s category will compete with all the others at the end of the year and the best of the best in each category will receive the prestigious GOLDEN DRAGON AWARD and they will be screened in the presence of a live audience.
Rules & Terms
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 a trophy, award or certificate. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.
- Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
- The film submitted to the DIFF for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance, considering that we have different judges’ panels for each season.
- A director / producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.
- The DIFF is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival within India only. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
- The DIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
- You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the DIFF, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.
- The DIFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the DIFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
- After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
- A nominee will be privately screened for the DIFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
- “Best” films of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
- A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
- We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
- DIFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.
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 (MWIFF) a new and pre-checked Hard disk / DCP for the actual presentation of the video at the festival.
- Narrative Features (Above 40 minutes)
- Short Films (Less than 40 minutes)
- Documentary Films (Any length)
- Experimental Films (Any length)
- Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) and 360° Video (Any length)
- Drone Films (Any length)
- Web and New Media (Any length)
- Mobile Film (Any length)
- Debut Filmmaker (1st or 2nd Film / Any length)
- Horror / Science Fiction / Genre Feature Film (Above 60 minutes)
- Women’s Films (Any length)
- Film on Women (Any Length)
- LGBT Film (Any length)
- Animated Films (Any length)
- Family/Children Films (Any length)
- Educational Film (Any length)
- Films on Disability Issue (Any length)
- Film on Religion (Any length)
- Film on Nature / Environment / Wildlife (Any length)
- Travel Film (Any length)
- Silent Film (Any length)
- One Minute Film
- Television / Pilot Program or Series (Any length)
- Commercial / Advertisement (Any length)
- Music Video (Any length)
- Trailer/Teaser (5 minutes or less)
- Treatment / Synopsis
- Short Script
- Feature Script
- Performing Arts (Any length)
- Film Review (Short Films)
- Film Review (Narrative Features)
- Review (Short Scripts)
- Review (Feature Scripts)
- On Demand Interview Publication
- Student Films (Any length)
- Young Filmmaker (Under 18 years / Any length)
- Amateur Film (Any length)
- Best Director (Additional)
- Best Actor (Additional)
- Best Actress (Additional)
- Best Cinematography (Additional)
- Best Editing (Additional)
- Best Music Score (Additional)
- Best Sound Design (Additional)
- Best VFX Artist (Additional)
- Best Producer (Additional)
Dates & Deadlines
March 14, 2020: Opening Date
March 19, 2020: Earlybird Deadline
April 23, 2020: Final Deadline
April 25, 2020: Notification Date
April 29, 2020: Event Date