Luminar International Film Festival

The Luminar International Film Festival, organized by the renowned Luminar Film Academy, stands as a beacon for aspiring filmmakers and technicians. Recognized as one of the premier film schools in Kerala, Luminar Film Academy brings together a celebration of cinematic excellence and innovation.

This esteemed festival is dedicated to nurturing and encouraging the talents of both seasoned and emerging filmmakers. It provides a vibrant platform for artists to showcase their creativity, technical prowess, and storytelling skills. The festival not only highlights outstanding works from around the globe but also offers invaluable exposure to its students, broadening their perspectives and inspiring them with international cinematic trends and practices.

The Luminar International Film Festival is more than just a showcase of films; it’s a confluence of diverse cultures and ideas, fostering a rich learning environment. Participants and attendees have the unique opportunity to engage with industry experts, participate in workshops, and network with peers, all while experiencing the magic of cinema on an international scale.

Join us at the Luminar International Film Festival, where passion for film meets global horizons, and creativity knows no bounds.

Awards & Prizes



Best International Feature Film
Best Indian Feature Film
Best Student Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Audience Choice


Audience Choice Category
Best International Short Film
Best Indian Short Film
Best Children’s Short Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Short Documentary


Best Mobile Film by Students
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Film
Best Fantastic/Science Fiction Film
Best Film Made by Women
Best Film on Women and Women’s Issues
Best Film on Gender
Best Film on Nature/Environment/Wildlifey


Best Director Feature Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Debut Filmmaker- Feature Film
Best Debut Filmmaker- Short Film
Best Cinematography- Feature Film
Best Cinematography- Short Film
Best Editing- Feature Film
Best Editing- Short Film
Best Original Score- Feature Film
Best Original Score- Short Film
Best Sound Designing- Feature Film
Best Sound Designing- Short Film
Best Actor- Feature Film
Best Actor- Short Film
Best Actress- Feature Film
Best Actress- Short Film
Best Supporting Actor- Feature Film
Best Supporting Actor- Short Film
Best Supporting Actress- Feature Film
Best Supporting Actress- Short Film
Best Poster
Best Trailer

Rules & Terms

'"Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Luminar International Film Festival (LIFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms. LIFFF is open to any films completed after January 1, 2010, regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the LIFFF is not a guarantee of selection. Selections will be based on the evaluation of the selection committee. All the winning films will receive a certificate. Award-winning films of major categories will be screened at our venue at Cochin.

1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
2. The LIFFF reserves the right to refuse entries.
3. The LIFFF 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 LIFFF 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. 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. Selection to the live screening will be at the discretion of the programmers and curators.
5. A nominee will be privately screened for the 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. By submitting at LIFFF, the submitter provides permission to the organizers to screen the film to public and use the parts of film for promotional purposes.
8. LIFFF 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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