Non-fiction films made after 1 January 2015 are eligible for entry for FSA 2017. Films that have been submitted to FSA in previous years, but have not been selected, may be submitted again. Entries will have to be on Southasian themes or subjects; however, the filmmakers need not necessarily be Southasian. Entries may cover any subject pertaining to Southasia: from people, culture, lifestyle and adventure to development, environment, politics, education and history. Some priority will be given to entries that have not been released publicly. Films may be in any Southasian language, so long as they are subtitled or dubbed in English.
The festival welcomes entries in two categories; Competitive and Non-Competitive. Filmmakers should clearly mark the category they are submitting their film for.
The duration of a film must be at least 10 minutes. Shorts as well as full-length productions are welcome.
Entry is free of cost.
Entries without the duly filled-in entry forms will not be considered. All entries must be accompanied by captioned production stills for possible use in the festival catalogue and promotion.
Submissions should be made in DVD format (2 copies). Filmmakers may choose to provide a password-protected online screener to expedite the selection process
The festival reserves the right to use up to 10% of an entry’s running time for promotional use. Production stills, filmmakers’ bio-sketches and other information submitted in the entry form may also be used for promotional use on the web, on print, on television etc.
Films submitted for the competitive category are judged by a three-member Southasian jury that is determined by FSA. The best film is awarded the ‘Ram Bahadur Trophy’ along with a citation and a cash prize of USD 2,000. The second best film is awarded a citation and cash prize of USD 1,000. The Best Debut Film is awarded a citation and cash prize of USD 1,000. The UNICEF Nepal Award goes to the film that best portrays issues related to children with sensitivity; the award carries a cash prize of USD 1000 and a plaque. A Best Student Film Award (instituted in 2015) with a citation and cash prize of USD 500 will also be given for entries sent in through film schools. Selections made by the FSA jury will be final.
FSA ’17 will select a maximum of 45 films. Selected filmmakers will be offered local accommodation. However they will have to bear their own travel costs to and from Kathmandu.
The DVDs submitted for the festival will not be returned. The final prints in professional video format of the selected films meant for screening at FSA ’17 can be returned upon request after the festival.
All submissions will be catalogued for the FSA Archive. These copies will be maintained in the archive as a record for FSA and can be made available in-house to researchers. Films in the FSA Archive will not be screened commercially.
It is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure s/he owns full copyrights to the submitted film. The filmmaker is required to clear all contents of the submitted film from any and all actual or potential legal claims and issues and must have express permission from all parties involved in the production of the film. FSA reserves the right to disqualify any film with unauthorised inclusion of copyrighted/trademarked content or materials. In the event that any claim, dispute, action or proceeding is asserted by any person or entity that alleges that the film makes unauthorised or unlawful use of any copyrighted content or material, the filmmaker shall fully indemnify FSA from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses that may be incurred in light of such claims.