Festival Regulations for Diorama International Film Festival 2021

Entries Open: 15th July 2021 Entries Close: 31st October 2021 Festival Dates: 18th-24th December 2021

The submission of films for selection of the Final Programme of the 3rd Diorama International Film Festival 2021 (Online Edition) shall be made only in accordance with the provisions set out in the Diorama International Film Festival Regulations as well as the Pre-Selection Conditions.


MSM Worldwide, New Delhi is the founder and organizer of the 3rd Diorama International Film Festival (Online Edition). This edition is being hosted this year online across several Global Video on Demand platforms together. The event is supported by several Government, Non-Government and Film Industry organizations.


DIORAMA is an International Film Festival. Its specific objective is to promote and support the development of cinematic art globally. Its goal is to act as a point of convergence for the Indian and International Cinema industries. The spirit of the Festival is the one of discovery that strives to turn a catalyst for the development of Cinematic art globally, particularly through its market segments, Diorama Film Bazaar, Webinars, Online Master Classes, and Panel Discussions, etc.


The Festival dates are 18-25 December 2021 on all Partner VOD Platforms.


The delegates are charged no Entry Fee on Diorama’s Festival Platform and USD 15/- per registration on global platforms.


The deadline to submit the film entries for all categories is 31st October 2021, 11:59 PM (Indian Standard Time).


The films must have been completed between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2021. For all films, the Film Producer/Studio/Company certificate of Date of Production is sufficient.

​Article 1

The Diorama International Film Festival will take place online on VOD Platforms Diorama Live, India, Filmocracy, USA My Open Stage, Turkey, and several other Partner platforms between 18-25 December 2021. The subscription revenues in a certain percentage shall be shared with the Producers of the selected/screened feature films.

​Article 2

The Board of Selectors chooses and invites films to be presented in Diorama International Film Festival's Competitive sections, as well as in several non-competitive ones.

Submission is open to films produced/made after 1st November 2020 for the festival, exclusively for the following programmes:

- International Competition - Feature Films only

- International Competition for Shorts - Short Fiction Films only

- International Competition for Documentaries - Documentary Films only

- Indian Competition – Indian Feature Films only

Submissions for films will be accepted only if they fit the profiles of the sections listed above. Other films are by Invitation only.

The Festival’s Screening format is DCP/Electronic high-resolution files.

Article 3

Once the film has been selected and the Invitation to participate at the Festival is accepted, the film cannot be withdrawn from the Festival Programme. Any withdrawal of film post its selection and communication of the same to the Entrant shall be liable to pay damages to the Festival.

Article 4

All films must be presented in their original language and, where this language is other than English, DCP or the screening format of the film must be subtitled in English (if not otherwise specified). Subtitling expenses are to be met by the Participant.

At its discretion, the Festival will be free to electronically project subtitles in Hindi or any other language along with English subtitles below the film on a different screen. The production and presentation of local language electronic subtitles is the responsibility of the Festival. Films with multiple language subtitling options shall be preferred, however, this shall not be the selection criterion.

​Article 5

All film entries for Competitive sections – International Competition for feature films, International Competition for Short films, International Competitions for Documentary films and Indian competition for feature films must be submitted to the Festival for selection by 31st October 2021.

The decision of the Festival with regard to selection/rejection of a film shall be final and no communication whatsoever in this regard shall be entertained.

Article 6

All submissions must contain the following:

  • A duly completed online/offline Entry Form

  • Uploaded/couriered screener of the film or Vimeo/YouTube link with password valid till 31st October 2021 or a DVD/Blue Ray (if the film's original language is other than English, the Festival requires receiving on-screen English subtitles).

  • Submissions can also be sent by mail, containing a copy of the duly completed Entry Form and the screener DVD/Blue Ray (All Region), labeled with the film's title, director's name, and language of subtitles. Submissions must be sent fully pre-paid to the address as indicated on the Entry Form plus specifying the Festival programme that you are applying for. The Festival reserves the right to refuse any shipment entailing additional costs.