Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker who worked prominently in Bengali cinema and who has often been regarded as one of the great directors of world cinema. Ray was born in Calcutta and started his career as a junior visualiser.His meeting with French film director Jean Renoir, who had come to Calcutta in 1949 to shoot his film The River, and his 1950 visit to London, where he saw Vittorio De Sica’s Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves), inspired Ray to become a film-maker. Ray made his directorial debut in 1955 with Pather Panchali and directed 36 films, comprising 29 feature films, five documentaries, and two short films. His Apu Trilogy (1955–1959) appeared in Time’s All-Time 100 Movies in 2005. Aside from directing, Ray composed music and wrote screenplays for films, both his own and those by other directors.

Often credited as a fiction writer, illustrator, and calligrapher; Ray authored several short stories and novels in Bengali. Some of his short stories have been adapted into films by other directors. Ray has influenced several filmmakers around the world, including Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, James Ivory, François Truffaut and Carlos Saura. 

Ray received numerous awards at international film festivals and elsewhere, including several Indian National Film Awards and an honorary Academy Award at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. 

Ray was awarded India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, in 1984 and India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, in 1992. To commemorate his priceless contribution to Indian Entertainment Industry in his centenary year, Inaugural Isofest launches a special award, ‘Satyajit Ray Centenary Year International Award in 4 categories, Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Director of First Film


1. Best Short Film.
2. Best Documentary Film.
3. Best Animation Film.
4. Best Feature Film.
5. Best First time Director (to be picked from all short, documentary & feature length films)

* In this category applicants can submit Feature, Short and Documentary films completed between January 2018 – October 2020.


Unlike the regular short films category, in SRCYIA, the length of short films and documentaries will be up to 60 minutes and length of feature films will be restricted to 90-150 minutes.


The Awards for ‘Satyajit Ray Centenary Year International Awards’ will be as follows:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Documentary
Best Animation Film

₹ 1,00,000.00
₹ 75,000.00
₹ 1,00,000.00
₹ 50,000.00
₹ 1,00,000.00

Special Jury Award (Worldwide)                             ₹ 2,00,000.00

Terms & Conditions

Please make sure that all the information provided is accurate.

If you are submitting multiple films, each film must be submitted as a separate entry.

Fill the form online and provide all necessary details, or download and fill the form, scan/take photo and attach in email and send to

Please upload password protected web links of your entry on YouTube or Vimeo and share the links along with the password on the email ID provided above.

Payments can be made through Bank Transfer or through PayPal (Upload Screen shot/ Snapshot of proof of payment).

                   SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. The Category is open for all productions filmed after 01.01.2018 to 31st October 2020.

2. All Applicants will have to submit proof of Nationality.

3. All applicants must confirm ownership of rights, as well as a declaration by the rights holder waiving any objections to apply for ‘India Isofest 2020, Satyajit Ray Centenary International Award’.

4. All Applicants must submit ‘No Objection’ for unlimited digital screening of the productions applied herewith. Such no objection will extend to promotion of content (in whole or in part) on all available platforms/mediums. 

5. India IsoFest 2020 is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

6. Applicants to provide no objection for the organizers to use audio/video/still etc. for promotion of the festival across all available platforms. Applicants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work.

7. Stated submitter will be considered the contact person for the film and thus will be the only one receiving emails and information regarding the status of the film’s acceptance in the festival. Please be sure you add to your accepted email list.

   Entry Fee : 

   The application money will be equivalent to USD 25 or INR 1900 for Feature, Documentary and Short films.

          *Applications will not be accepted after 31/10/2020
          *Entry Fee is non-refundable.
          *Fee includes GST (as applicable).

8. Applicants will submit the list of equipment used in the production.

9. Applicants may submit more than one entry, but each must be accompanied by its own submission form and entry fee.

10. Nominated Applicants will require to submit a Promo and 90 – 120 seconds interview clip with the principal cast & technicians.

11. Applicants will self-declare Films’ Classification.

12. Racially abusive content will not be accepted.

13. Content challenging the geographical integrity of any nation will not be accepted.

14. All productions must have English subtitles.

15. All Decisions made in Selections, Screenings, Awards and on the Festival – in part or in entirety by the Organizers’ Appointed “Selection Committee” will be final.

16. Once nominated, the entry shall not be withdrawn.

17. Organizers do not take responsibility of downloads by anyone once the production has been published.

18. All rights in perpetuity will remain with the rights holder. Organizers do not automatically become partial or complete owner of any rights.

19. AV Entries will be submitted by weblink/electronic transmission in mp4 format.

20. Audio Entries will be submitted by electronic transmission in waveform format.

21. Song Tracks to be submitted along with lyrics in original & English language.

22. Still Photographs Entries will be submitted by electronic transmission in jpeg format in 2 megapixel or higher resolution.

23. All submitted films will be viewed and rated by an internal selection committee. This committee will select the films that will be nominated for the festival. In a second step, the Jury will determine Films for Awards.The Festival Director reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with the aims of the Festival.

24. Films not in sync with the required technical quality for good public screening can be refused after checking of the prints by the technical committee.

25. All films should be without any watermark or advertisement for final screening.

26. India IsoFest 2020 would be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the Entry and the same will not be returned to the entrants.

27. All Applicants must submit the following:
          a. Photographs of technicians and performers in all categories applied for. Resolution to be 2 megapixel or higher.
          b. A Short Synopsis, Working Stills of the Production.
          c. Resume of technicians and performers in all categories applied for.
          d. Weblinks of previous work by actors and technicians (optional).
          e. Consent to engage in group discussions with fellow nominees and organizers, media, digital aggregators etc.
          f. Availability for the Awards Event.