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AUG 14, 2021
AUG - SEPT, 2021
SEPT / OCT 2021
Awards Nights

What are the submissions Genres?

Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, History, Horror, Music, Musical, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Sport, Thriller, War and Western 

When are the submission deadlines?

June 30th 2021 is the deadline for the final Submission. Films submitted beyond the deadline will not be accepted. 

What submission formats do you accept?

Short films must be submitted via one of three accepted formats: USB, DVD, URL 

Can I submit an animated Kannada film?

Yes, animated Kannada short films can be submitted, however, it will not be considered under regular categories for judging or awards. Animated films will have public screening as regular short films. 

What happens if you are unable to get my film to play?

We will make every effort to view your submission, but in the event that we are unable to watch your film, we will attempt to contact you to request another copy using the primary contact information that you provided on your application.

Am I required to obtain rights clearance for trademarked or copyrighted material included in my project? 

From a legal standpoint, you must clear all trademarked and/or copyrighted materials included in your project before you can exhibit it publicly. However, AKS - TSFF does not check to ensure that you have obtained clearance for these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared trademarked or copyrighted materials in your project. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the trademark or copyright holders of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing trademark or copyright. Projects that are accepted into the Festival must sign a waiver stating that all materials contained within the project do not violate any existing trademark or copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for independently-produced projects, so you should contact them directly to avoid any potential rights infringements.

Can I submit a newer cut of my film after I’ve already submitted an earlier version?

Before the submission deadline, you can submit updated content with versioning.

Can I post trailers, clips, and/or scenes of my project online?


Do I need to meet a minimum age requirement in order to submit a project?

No, we encourage filmmakers of all ages to submit their work. However, we do not have any separate submission categories for young or student filmmakers currently. All officially-submitted projects compete against each other for available slots.  If you are under the age of 18 and your project is accepted, we will require signed, written permission from your parent or legal guardian before we are able to screen your film.

How many Films may I submit?

Every registered group can submit one Short Film, for multiple submission multiple registrations are needed. 

What are the Registration Timelines?

Registration begins on Aug 1, 2020 and ends by Jan 30, 2021

What are film submission Timelines?

The final film should be submitted no later than June 30, 2021 to be considered for Jury review and awards.

What are the Timelines to submit promo or marketing bytes before the final film submission? 

April 30, 2021

After final submission how long will AKS hold the content rights before one can share the contents publicly?

TSFF Commitee will hold content until the award nights and closure of the film festival Sept - Oct 2021.

When will a public screening of short films start?

Weekend Matinee would start from Aug 2021  (Based on the number of movies – release would be staggered for 2 months ).

What are the Timelines for Award night?

Texas Kannada Short Film Awards Night would be tentatively held between Sept - Oct 2021

What makes the film eligible for Jury Awards?

Kannada short films submitted to AKS TSFF should meet all the required rules and conditions to qualify for Jury awards. Rules can be found at rules.

What are the different sections of Awards?

Jury Awards and Critics Awards, more details can be found at awards.

Who are the Jury for the Kannada short films?

The jury from Kannada film fraternity and other judges from Kannada entertainment Industry.

Who decides which films are nominated?

Local Jury from each City

What is Austin Kannada Sangha's Texas Short Film Festival? 

AKS TSFF is a cohesive effort to unite all Texas Kannadigas together with one another. 

To promote & preserve Kannada culture and heritage

To identify, nurture, and provide a platform for all TEXAS Kannadigas to present their creative talent.

A unique platform for the talents of all age groups to showcase their creativity.

When is the Festival?

AKS TSFF registration begins from Aug 1, 2020, and the entire program spans across 14 months with multiple milestones until Red Carpet Awards Night to be held from Sept-Oct, 2021. 

What is the accepted length of short films?

Short films submitted should not exceed more than 20mins including beginning & end credits and minimum length should be 10 mins. 

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