11th International Inter University Short Film Festival

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) partnering up with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) presents you with the 11th edition of International Inter University Short Film Festival (IIUSFF). It is a festival to promote and inspire the work of young university going filmmakers with the slogan ‘Take Your Camera, Frame Your Dream’.

In 2007, International Inter-University Short Film Festival started its journey with the goal to provide a platform for the young and talented student filmmakers in Bangladesh and overseas to showcase their talent. Over the years, it has succeeded in creating a name of its own and to work as a cross-cultural platform to portray the different styles and dimensions of young university-going filmmakers throughout the world.


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Submission Categories

Applicants will submit their films in 4 main categories, which are:

Films focused on different topics and of diverse genres are accepted in this category. Maximum length is 15 minutes.

These films will be screened on screening sessions upon selection. These films will not take part in the competition but will be considered for special mentions. Maximum length is 20 minutes.

Short Film on Refugee:
Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. They often have had to flee with little more than the clothes on their back, leaving behind homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones. Refugees are defined and protected in international law. The 1951 Refugee Convention is a key legal document and it defines a refugee as: “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Often, the words “refugee” and “migrant” are used interchangeably in the media and public discourse. “Migrants” choose to move to another country on their own will mainly to improve their lives by finding work, or for education, family reunion, or other reasons whereas “refugees” are compelled to flee to another country due to persecution or conflicts.
Further, unlike “refugees” who are unable to safely return to their home countries, “migrants” have no such impediment and are entitled to the protection of their government when abroad and upon return to their home country.

Short films featuring the Refugee crisis across the world are welcome in this category. The maximum length for this category is 15 minutes.

One minute shorts:
11th IIUSFF introduces a new category titled ‘One Minute Shorts’. Where films will feature a compact storyline which will not exceed 60 seconds. (They may have extra few seconds for the credits line)

Submission Procedure

Eligible entrants (according to the rules and terms below) can participate in the festival through uploading their fictional/ Non-fictional/docu-short/ interview short films by submitting the Google Drive link via FilmFreeway


Eligible entrants can participate in the festival by filling up the following Google registration form. The films need to be uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox or Vimeo prior to the registration process and only the submission link(Google Drive/ Dropbox/ Vimeo or any other cloud storage link) should be provided in the Google form.

Fill Out and Submit your film here:
Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/2b7R25Z2pn7TpZsC3


Eligible entrants can Physically submit their short films through a CD or DVD to the address below and have to provide 2 hard copy of all the Google Form Information.

Dhaka University Film Society
1st Floor, Teacher-Student Center (TSC)
University of Dhaka, Shahbag, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

Submission Fee

All of the submissions are free of cost.

Awards and Prizes

1. Zahir Raihan Best Short Film Award– This award will be entitled to the director of the Best Short Film of the festival. It was first introduced in 2009. The award prize includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

2. Tareque Masud Best Emerging Director Award– The 9th edition of IIUSFF introduced a new award in memory of the legendary Bangladeshi filmmaker Tareque Masud. This award is given to the best Bangladeshi filmmaker participating in the festival. The aim is to encourage Bangladeshi filmmakers to produce more quality films. The award prize Includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

3. Short Film on Refugee: Winner – Best Short Film featuring the context of Refugee crisis around the world will be honored with this award. The award prize includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

4. Short Film on Refugee: Runner-Up – The Runner up in the Short Film on Refugee will be entitled with this award. The award prize includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

5. Best one minute short – 11th IIUSFF is introducing a new segment in the festival titled ‘One Minute Shorts’. Here the best short film will be awarded the ‘Best One-Minute Short’ title. The award prize includes Crest, Certificate and Token money.

6. Honorable Mentions – Directors will receive Honorable mentions for pioneering in different aspects of film making like Cinematography, Screenplay, Animation, Editing and many more. The award prize includes crest and certificate.

7. Talent Campus – Top 20 shortlisted Participants will get a free entrance to attend the talent campus session conducted by renowned filmmakers and film personals to sharpen their skills to frame their dreams in the future. Includes certificate.

8. Screening Session – Top 100 shortlisted Films will be screened on several remarkable venues across the country and overseas including India.

9. Others – The directors of the top 50 shortlisted films will receive a certificate, crest, and festival kit.

Terms and Conditions

1. By submitting a Film, the entrant ensures that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers, and/or other authorized representatives of the film and has read, understood, and agreed to the Terms.

2. The entrant has to be an undergraduate student or postgraduate student, currently enrolled in a University/College. Those who have completed their undergraduate studies within the previous 2 (Two) years are also eligible.

3. By submitting the film to IIUSFF 2019, the applicant and copyright owners hereby warrant and represent that the film is wholly original and is not copied from and does not include any other work that is the subject of copyright or other protection, unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses and we the festival team take no responsibility in this matter.

4. The submitted film must not defame any person or violate the common law or statutory rights, including, without limitation, the rights of privacy and publicity or any other right of any person

5. Films previously submitted to any edition of International Inter University Short Film Festival are not eligible.

6. There are no restrictions on the theme, topic or genre.

7. Any single entrant can submit a maximum of two films in any category.

8. Submitted films mustn’t be available in any open access streaming site (e.g.- YouTube, Facebook) during the competition period.

9. Films earlier screened in other festivals (in any country) are eligible. The entrant has to mention the names of the festivals the film has been screened in.
10. All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the festival authority.

11. All entries must submit embedded English subtitle with the film. Dialogue lists are not accepted.

12. The festival authority may accept late submissions in its sole and absolute discretion,

13. By submitting their films in the competition, entrants allow the screening rights to Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS). Selected films will be screened in public sessions and DUFS holds the right to screen the films in selected festival venues.

14. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing iiusff11th@gmail.com

15. The festival authority reserves the right to disqualify any submission if they notice any violation of the terms and conditions. They can ask for proof of studentship and authenticity anytime.

16. The IIUSSF authority reserves the right to rule in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms.

Submission Deadline

31 May 2019


After completing the registration process(via Filmfreeway or Google Forms or physical appearance). We will cross-check your status and send a confirmation email shortly.

After the Judgment procedure, we will announce the list of the top 100 short films.

Renowned Film Society Activists, Film Personal, Film Scholar, Film Activists and Filmmakers from Bangladesh and other countries will be the honorable judges to the resulting shortlist.

Top 100 shortlist will be published by June 2019

A Top 20 shortlist will be published for the Short Film on Refugee category

A Top 20 shortlist will be published for the One-minute shorts category

Top 100 selected short films from all categories will be screened in several festival venues across the country and overseas.

Further Information