7th Kolkata People’s Film Festival (KPFF) 2020!



Timeline of film submission

Regular deadline: For films completed between January 2018 and September 30, 2019

 Late deadline: For films completed during October 2019

Notification date: November 30, 2019

Festival dates: January 23-26, 2020

*Please read the following description and terms of film submission carefully before submitting a film.

**On successful submission of the form, you should get an automated confirmation in your mailbox. If you don’t get it, please contact us at peoplesfilmcollective@gmail.com.


The Kolkata People’s Film Festival (KPFF), organised by the People’s Film Collective, started in January 2014. Over the past few years, it has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming a critical part of the counter-culture movement in the city of Kolkata and beyond.

The festival, held over four to five days, does not charge for entry, either for entering a film or for watching a film. Everyone is welcome to attend. The festival is a non-sponsored event which does not accept any governmental or corporate sponsorships. It runs solely on donations made by individual supporters.

KPFF is primarily a documentary festival acting as a platform for the contemporary political documentary from India (and South Asia). In addition, we do screen a limited number of political fiction films from India (and South Asia).

KPFF is carefully programmed by a selection committee constituted by the People’s Film Collective, keeping in mind not only quality but also topicality and social relevance of the films. The goal of the festival is to encourage debate and discussion around issues that are sometimes forgotten, or swept under the rug. Or even worse, tip-toed around. From communalism to caste and prejudice, workers rights, the right to self-determination, environmental issues and many more.

Films are interspersed with talks and panel discussions based on issues raised by the screenings. Filmmakers are invited to share their experiences and thoughts. The audience is an integral part of the process, with a free give and take of opinions. The festival is not restricted to within the hall. A stall with books and DVDs outside is often the hub of many a discussion. Filmmakers, activists, students, parents, grandparents and school children sharing their thoughts, ideologies and feelings over cups of tea and books.


Call for entries!

1) Documentary films (of any duration) are invited from filmmakers, on subject matters of direct and compelling socio-political relevance in India in particular and South Asia at large. The films must be shot in India/South Asia, wholly or for most part.

2) Fiction films (90 mins or less) are invited from filmmakers on films shot in India/South Asia, on subject matters of direct and compelling socio-political relevance in India in particular and South Asia at large.

3) The selection committee will prioritise productions completed within the last two years (January 2018 – October 2019).

4) Apart from the selection made from entries by filmmakers, KPFF also screens invited films solicited by the screening committee. The latter includes special screenings and retrospectives.

5) There are no submission fees to enter a film.

6) There are no monetary awards either. The best award offered by KPFF is a lovely, lively, critical, engaging documentary audience!

7) Stick to the deadlines, for your entry to be eligible.

8) A film that has been submitted for an earlier edition of the KPFF and not been selected, cannot be submitted again.

9) The Festival organisers may make an exception to any of the above rules if necessary.

10) The decision of the selection committee will be final.

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Personal Details

Full Name*
Postal Address*

Film Details

English title of the film*
Original title of the film*
Language(s) (Dialogue/ Narration)*
Language(s) (Subtitles)*
Duration (in mins)*
Date of completion*
Brief Synopsis (within 500 characters)*
Filmmakers’ Statement (within 1500 characters)*
Directors’ Bio (within 500 characters)*
Crew (Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Music)*
Upload 3-5 film stills (72 dpi) (upload at least three)*
Upload directors’ photos(upload at least one)*
(minimum dimension 500pxX500px)
Online link to screener*
Password for online link to screener (if any)
Link to trailer

Technical Details

Video File Format*
Audio File Format*
I permit the festival to store a copy of the film in the collective’s library for non-commercial archival purposes
I permit the festival to use upto 30 seconds of the screener and still photos for festival promotional material
*On successful submission of the form, you should get a confirmation email within 3 working days. If you don’t get it, please contact us at peoplesfilmcollective@gmail.com.
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