NIFF 2019 Program Details:


Intro: Opening of NIFF 2019 with speeches, introduction, gala & dinner

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha

Date: 21 February

Guests: ~300 (Film makers, participants, delegates, government officials, stakeholders, sponsors and supporters, participant film makers)


International Competition Segment – NIFF Identity Awards

Films: 8 feature, 20 short

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha, Nepal Tourism Board

Date: 22-25 February


Nepal Panorama Segment – Nepal Panorama Awards

Films: 4 feature, 10 short

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha, Nepal Tourism Board

Date: 22-25 February


Open Panel Discussion – Global Film and Nepal, Films for Social Upliftment, Women in films, and Nepal

Panelists: Foreign delegates, film icons from Nepal, government officers

Venue: Nepal Tourism Board, Rastriya Sabha Griha

Date: 23, 24, 25 February


Experience Sharing – Life, Struggle, Achievement & Moral

Host: Renowned international celebrity / actor / film maker

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha

Date: 23 February


Film Salon

Intro: Gathering of all film makers, producers, VIP guests, Nepal film icons, stakeholders and sponsors will attend a lunch and meeting at the venue. The meeting will not have a particular structure, but will have certain agenda for talks. The main purpose of the salon is for participants to freely meet each other and talk film.

Venue: Hotel De L’Annapurna

Date: 22 February


Masterclass – Fundamentals of film making; What do you need to know to make a film?

Intro: An iconic film maker from outside of Nepal to be invited to host a masterclass. Everyone can attend, however youths participating or interested to participate in film making will be the targeted audience.

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha

Date: 23 February


Closed Masterclass – Film Director

Intro: An iconic film director will be invited to host a closed masterclass to film makers and film participants on film direction. Only film makers can participate.

Venue: Nepal Tourism Board

Date: 24 February


Closing Ceremony & Award Distribution

Intro: A closing ceremony with cultural performances and award distribution to be held at the venue. Furthermore, a dinner and gala to be organized at Hotel De L’Annapurna for film makers, guests, vips, delegates, film makers, participants, sponsors, supporters and partners.

Venue: Rastriya Sabha Griha

Date: 25 February


NIFF Pitch for feature-lengths and short-lengths

NIFF is proud to announce its’ pitching program for both feature and short-length films. The idea behind the program is to explore new stories and concepts and facilitate Nepali film makers with stories that reflect global societies and domestic narratives. NIFF will feature a panel of renowned producers and investors, who will select the best two out of all pitched stories / concepts under both feature-length and short-length categories each.


a. Stories / concepts should have at upto 500 words for feature-length segment and upto 300 words for short-length segments. Applications should include the context, characterization and synopsis for the concept. More details will be soon published here.

b. All initial applicants will go through a screening process at the NIFF Secretariat, and the selected applicants can pitch their concepts at the main event from 21-25 February in Kathmandu.

c. Selected participants will each have 10 minutes and 15 minutes for short-length and feature-length segments respectively, to pitch their stories to the panel.

d. Selected participants should pitch their stories supplemented by reference graphics and video materials, and should include the commercial potential / scope for feature-length concepts.


Two concepts will be the winners in the short-length segment, and will receive a funding of NPR 40,000 each, plus industry support.

Two concepts will be the winners in the feature-length segment, and will receive NIFF and the panel’s support in securing producers / investors / funding from the industry.


Further information on the pitch will be updated soon. NIFF Secretariat can be contacted at for more information. Initial applications can also be submitted to the same email with the subject ‘NIFF Pitch Application’.