Calcutta International Cult 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 CICFF Certificate. In each month we publish an academic and detailed review of the award winning films in our International film magazine CULT CRITIC. 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 FOX AWARD and they will be screened in the presence of a live audience.

The annual event will be a glamorous red carpet premiere with press conferences and gala parties at Kolkata in the presence of international movie celebrities. The participants will have excellent opportunities to exchange their ideas, ideologies and cultural innuendoes. The winners will have a chance to meet with the audience and participate in a Q and A after the screening.


CICFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2017, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the CICFF is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers. We treat every filmmaker equally.

  1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
  2. Once a film is submitted to the CICFF for a particular month, the same film can’t be re-submitted within 6 months period.
  3. A director / producer may submit more than one film in a category and more than one category at a time.
  4. The CICFF 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.
  5. The CICFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
  6. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the CICFF, 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.
  7. The CICFF 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 CICFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
  8. 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 you are now eligible for the nomination and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
  9. An official selection and a nominee will be privately screened for the CICFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
  10. “Best” films of each category will receive a Annual winner trophy & certificate.
  11. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  12. 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.
  13. CICFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall be become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.


  1. Narrative Features (Above 40 minutes)
  2. Documentary (Any length)
  3. Short Films (Less than 40 Minutes)
  4. Experimental Films (Any length)
  5. Women’s Films (Any length)
  6. Animation Films (Any length)
  7. Student Films (Any length)
  8. Web and New Media (Any length)
  9. Postmodern Films (Any length)
  10. Family/Children’s Films(Any length)
  11. Young Filmmaker (Under 18) (Any length)
  12. Debut Filmmaker (1stor 2ndFilm; Any length)
  13. Mobile film (Any length)
  14. Trailer / Teaser (5 min or less)
  15. Music Video (Any length)
  16. Photography (Photo from Film, Video, TV Set included. ONE IMAGE per submission)
  17. Film/Video Poster (Film, TV Show poster included. ONE IMAGE per submission)
  18. Drone Films (Any length)
  19. Films on Disability Issue (Any length)
  20. Film on Religion (Any length)
  21. Commercial / Advertisement (Any length)
  22. Film on Nature / Environment / Wildlife (Any length)
  23. Educational Film (Any length)
  24. Television / Pilot Program or Series (Any length)
  25. Treatment / Synopsis
  26. Best Director (Fiction & Documentary; Any Length)
  27. Best Actor (Fiction /Any length)
  28. Best Actress (Fiction /Any length)
  29. Best Supporting Actor (Fiction /Any length)
  30. Best Supporting Actress (Fiction /Any length)
  31. Best Cinematography (Fiction & Documentary; Any Length)
  32. Best Editing (Fiction & Documentary; Any Length)
  33. Best Sound Designing (Fiction & Documentary; Any Length)
  34. Film on Women (Any Length)
  35. Travel Film (Any length)
  36. Horror / Science Fiction / Genre Feature Film (Above 60 minutes)
  37. LGBT Film (Any length)
  38. Silent Film (Any length)
  39. Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) and 360° Video (Any length)
  40. One Minute Film
  41. Short Script
  42. Feature Script
  43. Film Score
  44. Free Speech Film
  45. Review (Short Films)
  46. Review (Narrative Features)
  47. Review (Short Scripts)
  48. Review (Feature Scripts)
  49. On Demand Interview (Filmmaker / Actor / Technician)


Opening Date : April 26, 2023

Earlybird Deadline : May 3, 2023

Extended Deadline: May 29, 2023

Notification Date: June 1, 2023

Event Date: June 5, 2023


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 CICFF 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 a GOLDEN FOX Award from the festival, CICFF 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 Festival (CICFF) is a non-profit, Cultural Organization with Federal, State, Country & City Tax-Exemptions.

Required Legal Stuff: The filmmaker releases the festival (CICFF) from any and all liability for damages 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, in conjunction with HLC Studio, Kolkata will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the festival (CICFF) 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 (CICFF) assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this video at the actual event.

The Film Festival (CICFF) 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.

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