International Film Festival 2021

International Bengali Short Film Festival by The Next Show is dedicated to enhance the values, foster creativity and showcase the very best in filmmaking for, by and about Bengali people and rich Bengali culture. Screening outstanding short film, including narrative, animation, experimental, documentary and video art by the creators across the globe. The Next Show is an unique platform for creative minds, including but not limited to the student and amateur filmmakers, to showcase their works of passion and develop their talents through the festival’s learning atmosphere comprising of free film screenings, virtual workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

Please Note:

  • Works in progress will NOT be accepted.
  • The film must not show any sort of discriminatory attitudes, abusive language and dangerous behaviour, use of drugs, any sort of nudity, sex, violence and must not hurt any religious belief
  • By submitting the film, the submitter acknowledges that the submitter will be solely responsible & liable for any copyright claim arises.
  • By submitting the film, the submitter acknowledges that the Festival has the right to screen and upload to any social medial including but not limited to FaceBook, YouTube etc.
  • For screening and uploading, all selected films will be edited to add introductory video of The Next Showat starting of the original copy.By submitting the film, the submitter provides the right to organiser to edit the original content as above for using in screening and uploading.
  • Screening date and time will be communicated by 1st week of March
  • Promotional videos are not eligible for submission (e.g. adverts, commercials, corporate videos etc).
  • If selected for the programme, The Next Show reserve the right to use up to 30 seconds of any selected submission, and 3 film/video stills, for non-commercial promotional purposes.
  • Films that are submitted are not guaranteed to be accepted into festival.

Film Posters



  • Genre: All, Content should be suitable for an audience including family and children.
  • Overall Runtime: 20 minutes or under. Running time includes end credits.
  • Production Year: After January 1, 2020
  • Production Country: All.
  • Language: Bengali with English subtitles
  • Formats: HD / 4K Movie file to be submitted electronically via secure file transfer.
  • Submitter must own all necessary copyrights or permissions from the copyright holders.
  • Festival reserves the right to modify these rules or offer waivers as per their discretion.