5th Kalinga Global Film Festival (KGFF) 2020

December 1 – 7, 2020, Bhubaneswar, INDIA


School of Film & Media Sciences

KIIT Deemed University, Bhubaneswar, INDIA

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The Kalinga Global Film Festival is organized as an annual event of School of Film & Media Sciences, KIIT Deemed University from 2015, the year of its establishment, with an objective to inculcate awareness for the art of cinema amongst the masses of all ages. The 5th edition of Kalinga Global Film Festival will have a global standards and repute, to attract the best in  Film both Celluloid and Digital to the culturally rich city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. In addition to screening films, KGFF would like to create a platform for discussions, networking, as well as organizing film events and workshops that will give film lovers a chance and an opportunity to be exposed to the best of world cinema.



Odisha is one of the 29 States of India, located in the Eastern coast of India. It is surrounded by the States of West Bengal to the north-east, Jharkhand to the north, Chhattisgarh to the west and north-west, and Andhra Pradesh to the south and south-west. Odisha has 485 kilometres (301 miles) of coastline along the Bay of Bengal on its east. It’s the 9th largest State by area, and 11th by population. Odia (formerly known as Oriya) is the official and most widely-Spoken language of the state.

Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha. The city has a history of over 3,000 years starting with the Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty (around the 2nd century BC) which had its capital at Sisupalgarh, nearby. Bhubaneswar derived its name from Tribhubaneswar, which literally means the Lord (Eeswar) of the Three World (Tribhuban), which refers to Shiva. Bhubaneswar has been known by names such as Toshali, Kalinga Nagari, Nagar Kalinga, Chakra Kshetra, Ekamra Kanan, Ekamra Kshetra and Mandira Malini Nagari (“City of Temples”). It is the largest city in Odisha and is a centre of economic and religious importance in Eastern India.

Puri is one of the 12 heritage cities of India situated on the Bay of Bengal, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of the state capital of Bhubaneswar. It is also known as Jagannath Puri named after the 12th-century Jagannath Temple. It is one of the four Pilgrimage sites for Indian Hindus. Ratha Yatra is the most important festival which are attended by millions of people all over the World. Sand art and Applique art are some of the important crafts of the city.
Konark is a medium town in the Puri district in the State of Odisha, India. It lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal, 65 kilometers from the capital of the state, Bhubaneswar. It is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, designed as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, Surya, with twelve pairs of ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses,built during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I. The temple is a World Heritage Site. Konark is also home to an annual dance festival called Konark Dance Festival, devoted to classical Indian dance forms, including the traditional classical dance of Odisha, “the Odissi”.





Chief Patron : Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT & KISS and MP (Lok Sabha)


Director, KGFF             : Mr. Himansu S. Khatua, eminent film maker


Executive Committee :

Chairman    : Mr Premendra Majumdar, film critics

Member      : Dr Piyush Roy, Curator and film critics

: Mr. M A Ahmed, Film Scholar

: Mr. Sukant Panigrahi, Production Designer, Bollywood


Film Submission Deadlines:

Early Bird Deadline: 26th july, 2020

Regular deadline: 17th August, 2020

Late deadline: 5th September, 2020



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Entry Fees

Entry is free for the 5th edition of KGFF 2020




The aim of this film festival is to encourage and ignite young minds and intellectually inclined cineastes, promotes aspiring film makers, exchange of knowledge, information, ideas & culture between India & other nations in context of their social and cultural ethos through the medium of films & documentaries. However, KGFF intends to organize a festival that connects the film fans & movies goers with the world so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.


  1. Date and Place

The 5th edition of KGFF will be held in Bhubaneswar from 1 – 7 December, 2019.


  1. Regulations

The programme of the Festival is broadly divided into the following categories:


  • International Competition for Feature Films (upto 10 numbers. Fiction Films with a minimum duration of 70 minutes and above).
  • Competition for Short Film (Fiction), Documentaries.
  • Competition for Students Films – Upto 20 numbers
  • Competition for Regional Films (Odia only) – Upto 10 numbers. Fiction Films with a minimum duration of 70 minutes and above).
  • Non Competition (Indian Panorama) – for Indian feature films, Indian Panorama Regulations 2018 will be applicable (Fiction Films with a minimum duration of 70 minutes and above).
  • International Window, Country Focus, Retrospectives & other specially curated packages (Indian & Foreign) and Premieres.
  • Technical Workshops/Master Classes/Seminars/Symposium/Workshops/other Interactive & Academic Sessions/Panel Discussions.


  1. The Director of Film Festival reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with aims and objectives of the Festival, or which could offend the feelings/ susceptibilities of any participating country, or are likely to promote discrimination of any kind.


4.1          Films entered in the Competition Section must fulfill the following conditions:

4.1.1       Films must be fiction, feature length films not less than 70 minutes in duration in original language soundtrack with English Subtitles. Documentary/ Short Fiction Films.

4.1.2       They must have been released/produced between 1st August 2019 and 31st August 2020 (not released yet and in post-production films are also accepted in World/Asian/Indian premier status in main competition). Eligibility period will be determined by the Censorship visa/certificate of the country where the film has been produced/released.

4.1.3       In the case of co-productions, at least one of the producers/production companies must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in competition in the Festival and authority to receive award, if any, is won.

4.2          Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by this Festival Director. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be shown in the World Premier.

4.3          The competition will be held subject to the acceptance of a minimum of seven eligible films from different Continent.

4.4          The decisions of the jury will be taken by a simple majority of the members present and voting. The jury can evolve its own rules for assessment of the entries. The Director of the Festival, the Nodal officer for KGFF and the Chairperson of the jury can attend the deliberations of the jury but shall neither participate nor vote.

4.5          No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury.

4.6          The following prizes will be given away:




  • BEST FILM (International Competition) –  GOLDEN BOAT & 10 lakhs Cash Prize
  • BEST FILM (National Competition)
  • BEST ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE (National and International)
  • BEST ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE (National and International)
  • BEST STUDENT FILM –  SILVER BOAT & 1 lakhs Cash Prize
    • BEST FILM –  SILVER BOAT & 3 lakhs Cash Prize
    • BEST DIRECTOR –  SILVER BOAT & 2lakhs Cash Prize
    • BEST ACTOR (MALE) –  SILVER BOAT & 1 lakhs Cash Prize
    • BEST ACTOR (FEMALE) –  SILVER BOAT & 1 lakhs Cash Prize