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Nepal-America International Film Festival NAIF

An annual event envisions with Bridging Diverse Culture through Cinema.

Nepal America International Film Festival (NAIFF) is an annual film event organized by Nepal America Film Society, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Maryland, that brings together film enthusiasts from Maryland and greater Washington region including filmmakers, volunteers, community leaders, film and community organizations, businesses and companies of both Nepali, American, and global origins.

The film festival will take place from 28-30 June 2019, in Maryland, Washington DC metro area, and showcases all genres of films including feature length, documentaries, animation, experimental and shorts


Nepal America International Film Festival in Maryland.

The Nepal America International Film Festival, an annual event organized by Nepal America Film Society based in Maryland, is accepting submissions of all genres; feature films, documentaries, animation, experimental, and short films from across the globe. The 3rd edition of the film festival will take place from June 28 to 30, 2019 in Maryland.


The film Festival begins with the opening ceremony and Red Carpet event followed by the opening film. The festival will be attended by special guests from Embassies and cultural organizations. The festival will recognize all the invited artist, filmmakers, guests, Nepali Diaspora community leaders, entrepreneurs, and local organization leaders. The following days will showcase a variety of events that include panel discussions.

The last day of the Festival, will host the closing ceremony which includes Red Carpet and Award Ceremony followed by closing film. Films selected by juries will be awarded and the participating films will be recognized in the closing ceremony. Certificate and recognition will be awarded to all the volunteers and supporters.


The main objective of the Film Festival is to bridge Nepali and American culture through film. The festival has primarily focused films from Nepal made by the Nepali and Non-Nepali filmmakers under the Nepal Panorama section. Films made in South Asia, America and other parts of the world also will be included and screened in the festival.

In addition, discussions and workshops will be organized on various themes such as Nepali Diaspora and Film. Film screenings will be followed by Q&A with special guest or filmmaker based on availability.

NAIFF invites filmmakers around the globe to submit their films. 

Awards & Prizes

A jury committee of national and international film experts will be formed. The jury committee will select the films for a selection of awards. All the participated films will be recognized by the film festival. 

Rules & Terms

Rules and regulations:

-All films made after Jan 2017. 
-Films formally screened previously in Washington DC Metro area theatre will not be considered. 
-Provide films and a brief introduction of the film along with a signed cover letter. 
-Films in languages other than English must have subtitles in English. 
-If selected the film society may ask either DCP (D-cinema), 35mm, HD or (Digi) Beta theatrical format based on the film festival venues. DCP is the most preferred. 
-The film society will not cover expenses to and from the festival for the DCP or DVD’s as well any other expenses incurred. 
-The Film Festival will not return entries or refund entry fees. 
-The Fees are waived submissions from Nepal due to the inconvenience of online payment. 
-The fees are also waived for DMV Close UP section.

Selection of Film 
-The selection committee formed by the Film Society will select the films. 
-Film selection decisions made by the selection committee will be final. 
-Cinematic value, creativity as well as social complexity will be given a high consideration. 
-Selected films will be asked for the publicity material for the festival. 
-The Film Society will not disclose the reason for the film not being selected. 
-Films submitted later than deadline will not be accepted. Any submission received after the submission deadline will not be reviewed for 2019 but will be forwarded to the selection pool for 2020.

Submission Deadlines 
EARLY BIRD– December 31, 2018 
REGULAR DEADLINE – March 15, 2019 
LATE DEADLINE – April 15, 2019 

Submission Fees 
Narrative/ Documentary feature: (over 40 min.)

EARLY BIRD: $30.00 

Shorts: (under 40 min.) 
EARLY BIRD: $15.00, 




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About Nepal-America International Film Festival NAIF

Baraili Purna Singh
(Nepal-America International Film Festival (NAIFF))



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