TNFF 2016 Call for Submissions

Toronto Nepali Film Festival (TNFF) is now accepting entries for its 7th annual festival to be held on March 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The annual film festival screens films that pertain to Nepal and is open to both Nepali and non-Nepali filmmakers worldwide.

The annual film festival is the flagship event of TNFF, a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto that promotes all genres of Nepali films, including fiction, documentary, animation, shorts,  experimental   and  musical.  TNFF  celebrates   films  based on indigenous languages of Nepal such as Maithili, Newari, Limbu, Dhimal and Gurung among others. TNFF encourages participation of women and members of marginalized communities.

All films screened at the Festival will receive an honorarium determined by the length of the film.  Audience Choice and Jury Choice award will also be presented at the end of the festival, which have previously held a monetary value of CAD$1,000 and CAD$500 respectively.  

Deadline: November 30, 2015


  • Films that pertain to Nepal or Nepalis and/or by Nepalis
  • All films must have subtitles in English.

Selection Criteria

TNFF 2016 Jury will select films based on merit and the content of the films. The jury 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.

Selection  Process

TNFF 2016 Jury will  review the submissions by the end of December 2015 and all filmmakers will be notified via email subsequently. The official selection of the films will be announced on the TNFF website.

Instructions for Submission:

  • Fill out online form here.
  • We encourage that you email us online screeners. Please email us the access code or password to programming@tnff.ca if the screener is password protected and include the name of the film in the email Subject line. Please be prepared to ship a DVD copy upon request if we require it. We will pay for the shipping.
  • If you do not have online screener, submit two copies of DVD (PAL or NTSC) in Kathmandu. If you are submitting from elsewhere, please directly ship the DVDs to our address in Toronto. Please ensure to label all the media with your name, title of the work, date of production and package them properly.
  • If you are submitting more than one film, each entry must have a separate entry form.

Shipping/Delivery Information:

Films can be dropped off at one of two locations in Kathmandu, Nepal or directly shipped to Toronto.

Addresses in Kathmandu:

Indigenous Film Archive

Anamnagar – 32, Block No. 18 (P.O. Box: 10487)

Kathmandu, Nepal

Contact: Sangam Pulami Magar at (9808) 353-269


BAC Art Cafe

Pulchowk (across from Phalano souvenir store and next to Meconopsis Hotel)

Lalitpur, Nepal

Contact: Saroj Mahato at 9851147776 or Buddha Lama at 9808682617


Address in Toronto:

Toronto Nepali Film Festival

68 East Lynn Avenue, # 2

Toronto, ON M4C 3X2, Canada

Attn: Surendra Lawoti at (416) 878-1526


Note for shipments to Toronto, Canada:

All deliveries from international participants must be marked: "NO COMMERCIAL VALUE".  Please do not claim any monetary value over $50 on your package for insurance or otherwise to avoid customs charges, duties and taxes.  TNFF will not accept or collect C.O.D. shipments and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for duties, taxes or customs brokerage.  TNFF cannot assume responsibility for damage or loss incurred during shipment. Please carefully package your submission.


All films submitted will be retained by TNFF for its archives and for its educational programs.  The retained films will NOT be used for any commercial screenings.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Sangam Pulami Magar                                                                                           Lakshya Dhungana

Email: pulamisangam@gmail.com and copy ifa@ifanepal.org.np                 Email: programming@tnff.ca

Phone: (9808) 353-269                                                                                          Phone: (416) 809-8311


Festival Date: March 19, 2016

Screening Venue: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto (www.utoronto.ca/townhall)

Deadline: November 30, 2015

Please note that submissions received after the submission deadline will not be reviewed for TNFF 2016, but will be forwarded to the selection pool for TNFF 2017.