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Symbiosis Film Festival
January 27 & 28, 2024
1st Edition
( International Festival for Short Documentary & Fiction Films )

Welcome to the 1st edition

of Symbiosis Film Festival

With its continued focus on supporting the creativity and entrepreneurship of India’s youth, the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) {SIU} launches the Symbiosis Film Festival (SFF) to provide a platform for budding filmmakers to showcase their cinematic craft. The two-day inaugural edition of SFF 2024 will celebrate the art of filmmaking, with a special focus on screenwriting. Scheduled to be held at SIU’s Lavale and Viman Nagar campuses, SFF 2024 will bring together a mélange of industry experts and young filmmakers for a first-of-its-kind film festival in India.

Encouraging the Budding Filmmakers!

Towards building bridges between industry newcomers and experts, SFF 2024’s primary objective is to promote the art of screenwriting by providing opportunities for young writers to engage with film professionals, while simultaneously showcasing their short-form cinematic craft. In addition, SFF aims to:

  • Foster a sense of community among young filmmakers and screenwriters
  • Encourage creative collaboration between screenwriters and filmmakers
  • Provide educational and networking opportunities for participants
  • Celebrate artistic expression through diversity and inclusivity in storytelling

Competition Overview

Short Fiction

Around 10 films will be shortlisted for the award consideration.
Duration: not more than 20 minutes

Short Documentary

Around 10 films will be shortlisted for the award consideration.
Duration: not more than 30 minutes

SFF-2024 Awards

Short Fiction

Award Film Award Money
Best Short Fiction Dhundal
Directed by L. Priyanka
INR 75000
Second Best Short Fiction Konso
Directed by Sainath S. Uskaikar
INR 30000
Best Original Screenplay Pranpratishtha
Written by Pankaj Sonawane
INR 30000
Best Director (Short Fiction) Flowering Man
Directed by Soumyajit Ghosh Dastidar
INR 30000

Short Documentary

Award Film Award Money
Best Short Documentary Mahallenchi Shala
Directed by Akshay Pradip Ingle
INR 75000
Second Best Documentary The Making of Desire
Directed by Twinkle Dilwaliya
INR 30000
Best Director (Short Documentary) Mahallenchi Shala
Directed by Akshay Pradip Ingle
INR 30000
Jury Special Mention Award A Palette of Emotions
Directed by Rahul Manoj

Festival Catalogue


  • Day 01

    January 27, 2024

  • Day 02

    January 28, 2024

Day 1 - Saturday, 27th January 2024

Venue: Symbiosis International University Campus, Lavale, Pune

Time Session Dignitaries / Speakers / Name of the Shortlisted Film
10:00 am - 11:45 am Competition Film Screening Mehrab (NF) - Dir. Muskan Singh
Sinking (F) - Dir. Amartya Ray
The Super Riders (NF) - Dir. Rajkumar Das
Chocolate Wrapper (F) - Dir. Pawan Kamble
11:45 am - 12:20 pm Tea Break
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Inauguration Ceremony Chief Guest:
Shri. Amitabh Bachchan, Professor Emeritus, SIU & Eminent Actor

Presided by:
Prof. (Dr.) S B Mujumdar, Chancellor, SIU
Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, Pro Chancellor SIU
Dr. R Raman, Vice Chancellor, SIU
Dr. Ruchi Jaggi, Dean, Faculty of Media & Communication, SIU
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch Break
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Masterclass on Screenwriting Mr Anjum Rajabali
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Tea Break
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Competition Film Screening Konso (F) - Dir. Sainath Uskaikar
Pruthvi, Prani Ani Manus (NF) - Dir. Suraj Uddhav Madhale
Destination Paradise (F) - Dir. Eshaan Rajadhyaksha
Oru Tharavadinte Katha (NF) - Dir. Anagha Menon
Noor (F) - Dir. Pritha Mukherjee
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Q & A with Filmmakers

Day 2 - Sunday, 28th January 2024

Venue: Symbiosis Ishanya Bhavan, Viman Nagar, Pune

Time Session Speakers/Name of the Shortlisted Film
9:30 am - 11:00 am Competition Film Screening A Palette of Emotions (NF) - Dir. Rahul Manoj
Dhundal (F) - Dir. L. Priyanka
Mai (NF) - Dir. Saujas Shetye
Pranpratishtha (F) - Dir. Pankaj Sonawane
11:00 am - 11:15 am Tea Break
11:15 am - 12:45 pm Panel discussion Raghav Khanna, Omkar Barve, Tanmay Mohan, Sameer Satija
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm - 03:30 pm Competition Film Screening Mahallenchi Shala (NF) - Dir. Akshay Pradip Ingle
Flowering Man (F) - Dir. Soumyajit Ghosh Dastidar
The Making of Desire (NF) - Dir. Twinkle Dilwaliya
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Q & A with Filmmakers
4:30 pm - 05:00 pm Tea Break
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Valedictory function Sunil Sukthankar, Jyoti Kapoor, Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Varrun Sukhraj

Official Organizers


Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Pune, is ranked among the top media and communication colleges in the country, offering courses in MA (Mass Communication) and MBA (Communication Management). For 30 years, SIMC, through its holistic pedagogy, has honed the unique talents of generations of students, who have been taking the media and communication industry to greater heights. SIMC's MA programme, which offers a diverse set of courses across communication theories and culture, film and television studies, digital multimedia and digital technologies, offers two specializations - Audio Visual and Journalism. SIMC's MBA programme, which offers courses in marketing, advertising, market research and digital communication as common subjects, provides the students choice of selecting major and minor specializations from the four specializations of Brand Communication, Media Management, Public Relations and Marketing & Media Analytics.


Widely acclaimed as India's premier mass communication college, Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication (SCMC) has been successful in carving a niche for itself in the field of media and communication education since its inception in 2008. Through our programme, Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication), we offer a comprehensive learning experience through traditional academics & research, as well as cyber & experiential learning. We are the first media education institute in India to offer specialisation/courses at the undergraduate level supported by extensive coursework, academic sessions by professionals with years of industry experience, immersive internships and projects

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Submission Deadline:
December 20, 2023

Notification to the selected filmmakers:
December 30, 2023

Festival Dates:
January 27 & 28, 2024

Where & When?

January 27 & 28, 2024
Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
Gram: Lavale, Taluka: Mulshi,
Pune - 412115
Maharashtra, India.