About Us

Grass Root international film festival is the first collaborative program done ever in its own way of recognizing and acknowledging talents. It is an annual and a monthly qualifying festival open to all aspiring filmmakers across the globe. All the award winning artists of the monthly editions are further nominated for the annual awards and the red carpet ceremony which will be covered by media at the annual function.

Awards & Prizes

The officially selected project in each month receives GRIFF laurel. All the Finalists, Winners and Honorable Mentions will be listed on our website, will be shared on our social media.

All monthly winners of the period from JULY 2021 to JUNE 2022 will be automatically nominated for the prestigious GOLDEN TROPHY.

But annual event screening films will be selected from the monthly winners list by our annual event juries.

The Certificate Awards are given in the following categories:

Best International Feature Film

Best Indian Feature Film

Best International Short Film

Best Indian Short Film

Best Director

Best Debut Filmmaker

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Musical Theme

Best Original Score

Best Sound Designing

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Experimental Film

Best Horror/Thriller/Fantastic/Science Fiction Film

Best Women’s Film

Best Film on Women

Best Animated Film

Best LGBT Film

Best Documentary Film

Best Single Shot Sort Film

Best Family/Children Film

Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlife

Best Poster

Best Trailer

Besides the BEST OF THE CATEGORY AWARDS, there are also OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS, AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS and HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS, which are given, in all categories

Rules and Regulations

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film.

By submitting your film into competition in the GRASS ROOT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (GRIFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.


GRIFF is open to any film completed after January 1, 2014, regardless of content, subject, or origin.

Submitting your film to the GRIFF is not a guarantee of selection. All the winning films will receive an award or certificate. We treat every filmmaker equally.

Do not submit industrial or instructional works.

CHENNAI or PONDICHERRY city is our monthly event screening places.

Annual event will be held in CHENNAI


1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.

2. The GRIFF reserves the right to refuse entries.

3. The GRIFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the GRIFF programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.

4. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

5. A nominee will be privately screened for the GRIFF judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.

6. A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.

7. GRIFF may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

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