Awards & Prizes:

Best Animation Film

Best Documentary Film

Best Feature Film

Best Short Film

Best Music Film / Video

Best Animation Film

Special Jury Mention

Rules & Terms:


>Entries to the Film Festival must include:

>Three high-resolution making stills (on location) of the film and film poster

>Promotional materials: synopsis of the film, brief CV of the filmmaker, awards won, festival attended.

>The film must be submitted only at


>There is no entry fee for the submissions as this festival is to create awareness in wildlife and environment.

>Films must be for all ages.

>All films need to address the topics based on Wildlife, Birds, Environment Conservation, Wildlife Conservation, Livelihoods, Use of alternative Energy, Man-Animal conflict, Infrastructure development destroy ecology and Global Warming. 

>Please note that the categories are flexible and your film does not have to necessarily adhere to them while focusing on the larger theme of environment and  wildlife revolution.

>The films can be documentary, short film, feature film, animated film, music album.

>The time limit for the films must be of length as (short films < 30 minutes, feature films < 120 minutes, Animation Films < 30 minutes, Documentary Film < 60 minutes, Music album < 5 minutes)

>Films should have no explicit violence, sexual reference or coarse/obscene language and not be against any religious faiths.

>Films must have been completed between 1st Jan 2017 to 31st December 2021

>Films submitted to the previous years of the film festival cannot be submitted and will not accepted if submitted.

>Entries will be subject to preview by a Jury panel constituted by this Festival. Jury panel consists of experienced Directors, producers, Music composers and Actors from Film and television Industry.

>Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. In case of language other than Kannada or English the film must have subtitles in Kannada or English language. In case any film is submitted without subtitles, it will be ineligible for selection.

>Due to the amount of films we receive, only the top scoring films will go through into the competition

>The organizers of the festival reserve the right to make changes in the screening schedule of films.

>The selected films will be screened on the festival day

>Final shortlisted participants will be informed through phone call/E mail or will be announced in our website. Only the filmmakers who make it to the official selection of the festival will be notified about selection at the end of the selection process through phone call / E mail or will be announced in our website. No information will be divulged before that.

>Jury decision will be the final to shortlist the movie and will be confidential. Decision cannot be challenged.

>Submissions received after final date will not be included in the competition.

>If you are using another person’s music in your film, please make sure you have their permission to do so. If you do not have an artists’ permission or have not made your own music or sourced copyright free material, your film will not be eligible for the competition.

>All rewards must be claimed within three months of receiving the notification via email, after which you will be deemed to have forfeited your prize.

>The festival will not provide feedback on films or specific reasons for rejection for any film.

>Try to upload HD format of the film so that we don’t have to ask you again for the film.

>All films must be submitted in “Digital format” (.mpeg4, .Mov, .avi, .mpg)

>Dubbed versions of films from other languages are not eligible for submission.

>By submitting your film you give permission for your entry to be published on Filmaholic Foundation websites including but not limited to Malnad International Wildlife & Environment Film Festival and you grant Filmaholic Foundation a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license (with a right to sub-license) to use, republish, edit and/or modify your Competition entry in any/all media (including in electronic format, hard copy and in Filmaholic Foundation publications) for purposes connected with the Festival. The right to use your name and place of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your entry and/or as a winner of the Competition.


Important Dates for the Film Festival:

Regular Deadline: August 31, 2022

Late Deadline: September 21, 2022

Notification Date: September 25, 2022

Event Date(s): October 8, 2022