Gilak International Film Festival


Years running: 4 (since 2020)

Gilak International Film Festival

International Film Festival.


The festival has decided to reduce all of the "fees" of all of the sections and deadlines for a bad situation (COVID-19) that the world is involved with that.So the festival deadlines are no different.

The GILAK International Film Festival will begin its first with the slogan "Think Different to Immortality." The festival will be known for its short and feature-length films that take a different approach to content and form. This does not mean accepting experimental films. Because there is a big difference between experimental films and films that experiment with content and form. Clearly, the festival's way is to discover and introduce films that are completely identical in idea, content, and form, and that a similar example cannot be found. Because we believe that throughout the history of films that have done so, they have made their film and maker forever, eternal, and a sheet of cinematic history, in addition to paving the way for future generations.


  • Gold Small Rice (Best Short Film Award)
  • Gold Big Rice (Best Feature Film Award)
  • Gold Small Gilak (Best Short Film’s Director Award)
  • Gold Big Gilak (Best Feature Film’s Director Award)
  • Gilemard (Best Actor Award (Including of short and feature))
  • Gilezan (Best Actress Award (Including of short and feature))
  • Gold Rice (Best Idea Award (Including of short and feature))
  • Special Rice (Jury's Prize Award (Including of short and feature))


  • The festival is now ONLY accepting entries digitally. 
  • Submissions are open to films from every genre including animation, documentary, drama, or artist film, the exception of experimental films. On the other hand, the films will be selected that have storytelling (This festival does not accept experimental films at all.)
  • The Festival has no restrictions on genres and directions of films.
  • Works that are solely promotional, educational scientific, LGBT issues, vulgar or violent scenes, obscene, racist, defamatory, nudity, or sexual material and content are not eligible for selection in the Festival.
  • Total running time for short films must be less than 15 minutes in length, including front and back credits. There is no minimum running time limitation, and the minimum time of feature films is 60 minutes.
  • There is no limit to the number of works that can be submitted by anyone individual or organization, but one form must be completed per film.
  • Films from any and all countries are welcome to participate exception of Iranian filmmakers who reside in IRAN.
  • Screening Media Type: MP4 or Mov ; Apple Pro Res 422 or H.264
  • All films selected for the festival must not violate the law of the IRAN and moral and ethical standards.
  • The jury of the festival is engaged in the selection of films.
  • The jury considers only those films whose authors have paid an entrance fee on the partner sites.
  • The entry fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee a 100% screening of the film at the festival.
  • All materials that will be sent to the festival will not be returned.
  • The festival has the right to use all advertising materials and movie trailers for posting on the festival website, media channels, and social media. networks such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • All selected works must be screened in their original language with English subtitles (Even English-language movies) on the print. (Burned - Merged)

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Director of Festival: Ali.M.Eghbaldar

Members of the jury:

  • Iman Shakib
  • Amol.R.Bhaghat
  • Tarek Chamkhi
  • Ali Zahiri
  • Ashkan Chavoshi



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 01, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 01, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    July 01, 2021
  • Notifications
    August 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    1 September 2021
Categories & Fees

Total running time for short films must be less than 15 minutes in length, including front and back credits. There is no minimum running time limitation. Any genre exception of experimental can be submitted in this section. (Fiction, Documentary, Animation)

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free

The minimum time of feature films is 60 minutes. Any genre can be submitted in this section. (There is no restrictions)

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free

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