Years running: 2 (since 2020)

Gandhara Independent Film Festival

Independent Short Film Festival


After the success of it’s inaugural edition Gandhara Independent Film Festival is initiating a special 2-day virtual screening to highlight Mental Health through specifically curated films and panel discussions with the aim of tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with the health condition.

If you think your story is moving and fits within the theme of mental health then submit your films for GIFF Online 2021 and be a part of this virtual event.

Due to the #Covid19 pandemic where social distancing is a must, we are hosting our event through online streaming on our website. It will be accessible to everyone globally (not geo-blocking). We look forward to your enthusiastic involvement in GIFF by submitting short films you have made from 2010 onwards based on topics related to mental health.

A complete schedule of the virtual event will be shared on our website and social media platforms 07 days prior to online streaming.


The festival is non-competitive.


Criteria & Categories

  • The festival theme is based on Mental Health and it is non-competitive in categories of fiction, experimental, animation & documentary films. The duration of the films should not be more than 25 minutes including credits. English subtitles have to be embedded in the film.
  • The participating films of the festival segment year 2021 will be selected by the festival programmers. All selections will be posted on our website & social media pages.
  •  All films must have been made 2015 onwards.
  • Films should be submitted in Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p) .mp4 or .mov format.
  • All submissions must be sent to the official festival email in combination with a web-based file transfer platform Dropbox or WeTransfer or a link to a file hosting service Vimeo or YouTube.
  • Please include a press kit (short trailer, stills, logline, synopsis, cast and crew bios) where possible, to help speed up the process and ensure that you read all the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the page before making your submission.


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Founder: 'Cirque Films'




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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    November 11, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 20, 2020
  • Notifications
    December 25, 2020
  • Event dates
    9 — 10 January 2021
Categories & Fees

Theme 'Mental Health' Short-films will be accepted for Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental. Film duration has to be under 25 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — free

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