Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (CICFF)
Calcutta International Cult Film
Festival (CICFF) is an official member of the British Film
Institute, in London, and of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in
CICFF is a monthly live screening
film festival, opened in November 2016, with a yearly live screening
mega event in the City of Joy scheduled for October 2017. The
monthly live screenings take place at the end of each month at Indira Cinema (one of the most prestigious film venues of Kolkata).
The sole purpose of CICFF is to
develop a film culture that inspires and brings together
cross-cultural innovations that enrich people’s lives with
entertainment: and services that inform, educate and entertain.
The event's goals are to
introduce more people to art-house cinema. We would like to see
films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons. We
believe that a story driven by a genuine expression can stimulate
new thoughts that have the power to promote the fundamental
principles of humanism; expand creative frontiers; stimulate new
levels of compassion, and even lead to social change. The Festival
is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of new
Artists and Audiences. The Festival seeks to support and inspire
independent film and theatre artists from all over the world, and to
introduce audiences to their new work. We also welcome established
Art-house filmmakers, who have already produced a major contribution
to the art of filmmaking.
Each month more than 50 films from the different categories are
officially selected and out of them at least one per category is
awarded. The most representative are monthly screened in Calcutta
and have a free academic and detailed review published at our
International film magazine CULT CRITIC (http://hlc-cultcritic.com),
shared at respective IMDb pages (if applicable). All these monthly
winners are automatically qualified for the annual live screening
gala in the City of Joy and can be nominated for the prestigious
GOLDEN FOX AWARDS (the best of the best). The gala will be held in
October 2017, at the same time that PIAZZA DI CINEMA, our world film
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 Q&A after the screening.
CICFF is a division of Human Lab
Corporation, a leading Multinational film production and
Awards & Prizes
All projects officially selected
in each month receive the CICFF laurel and certificate, and are
rated at their IMDb pages (if applicable).
All monthly Award Winners receive
the CICFF laurel and customized certificate.
Each month, the most
representatives of monthly award winners are screened in Kolkata, at
Indira Cinema, and reviewed by CULT CRITIC film magazine. These
reviews are shared at each film IMDb page (if applicable). Some
filmmakers, screenwriters and actors/actresses could be invited for
an interview to be published as well in CULT CRITIC film magazine.
The awards are given in the follow categories:
Best Young Filmmaker (under 18)
Best Debut Filmmaker
Best Sound Designing
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best VR/AR and 360º Film
Best Drone Film
Best Web and New Media Film
Best Mobile Film
Best Horror/Science Fiction Feature Film
Best Women’s Film
Best Film on Women
Best LGBT Film
Best Animated Film
Best Family/Children Film
Best Educational Film
Best Film on Disability Issue
Best Film on Religion
Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife
Best Travel Film
Best Silent Film
Best One Minute Film
Best Postmodern Film
Best Free Speech Film
Best Television/Pilot Program or Series
Best Music Video
Best Film Score/Soundtrack
Best Film/Video Poster
Best Treatment/ Synopsis
Best Short Script
Best Feature Script
Besides MAIN AWARDS, it can be
given also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS in the different
categories. You may see the last award winners in this link:
Each year we select the Best of
the Best (from the pool of all award winners from all categories)
and the prizes are the HLC’s prestigious GOLDEN FOX awards + plus
Live Screenings in the theatre at Kolkata.
2017 Winners will have a chance
to meet with audience and participate at Q&A after screening.
We will be providing incentives
for winning films, and present promotional strategies for the
winning films and their directors. First we conduct an Interview
with the director, which is posted in our HLC portal, plus a
published review by one of our esteemed writers from CULT CRITIC
magazine. But that's not all: CICFF will take you global with
international distribution opportunities for your films.
FESTIVAL RULES & REGULATION
Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your
By submitting your film into competition in the Calcutta
International Cult Film Festival, you expressly acknowledge and
agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.
CICFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2010,
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. All the winning films will receive a
trophy, award or certificate. 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
10. “Best” films of each category will receive a trophy award &
11. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they
decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are
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
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.
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
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 dam-ages 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.
The filmmaker will endeavour to present to The Festival (CICFF)
a new and pre-checked Hard disk / DCP for the actual presentation of
the video at the festival.
All inquiries about the Festival, please contact:
Official member of the British Film Institute, London
& Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
250, Patuli Ghoshpara
Kolkata, West Bengal 700094
Cell: (+91) 9836922291