2016 Call for Submissions Extended

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November 19, 2015

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Toronto, ON – The deadline for call for submission for the 7th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival to be held on March 19, 2016 at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto has now been extended to November 30, 2015. TNFF is seeking films of all genres including shorts, animation, experimental and documentaries. The annual festival aims to promote Nepal’s rapidly emerging and vibrant independent filmmaking industry. 

Films pertaining to Nepal or Nepalis by filmmakers from all over the world are eligible for submission. In addition, films of any subject matter by Nepali filmmakers are also eligible. All films must have subtitles in English. Films screened at the festival are paid an honorarium of CAD$100 to $200, dictated by length of the film. An Audience Choice Award and a Jury Choice Award will also be presented at the festival, carrying a monetary value of CAD$1500 and CAD$500 respectively.   

Toronto-based Nepali photographer Surendra Lawoti will program the 7th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival. Lawoti teaches Photography as an Adjunct Faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His current photography project is based in Kathmandu and focuses on activists of marginalized groups including women, Dalits and indigenous nationalities during Nepal's constitution drafting process. His work has been exhibited internationally including The Fries Museum in The Netherlands, O' Hare International Airport in Chicago, Tufts University Gallery in Boston, Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, and the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi.

Films will be selected based on merit and the content of the films. The programmer will consider relevant Nepali narratives, methods of storytelling, new genres in the context of Nepali filmmaking, technical finesse, and other attributes of filmmaking in the selection process.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit online screeners of their films to  Submissions can also be made by dropping two copies of the film in DVD format at the Indigenous Film Archive in Anamnagar or at BAC Art Cafe in Pulchowk, both in Kathmandu.  Films can be directly shipped to TNFF in Canada as well.

For more information on selection criteria, submission process, and shipping information please visit