Urban Lens Film Festival | Bengaluru: 21st – 24th September, 2017 | New Delhi: 6th – 8th October, 2017

The city, in the cinematic imagination, has always been a site of multiple and complex narratives. These narratives have allowed for different ways of seeing and telling stories about the urban landscape; about people and places whose stories might not immediately be apparent.

In keeping with its commitment of engaging with different voices around the urban, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will host the 4th edition of the Urban Lens Film Festival from 21st to 24th September 2017 in Bengaluru and 6th to 8th October 2017 in New Delhi in association with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in both cities.

This year, the festival features an open call for entries. Urban Lens is calling for films that explore the idea of the city and urban questions. Films of any genre are eligible to enter the festival including animation, non-fiction, short fiction/feature fiction, experimental and student films.

Submission process:

Please fill this online form to submit the film to the festival. If an online preview screener is not available, please post two DVD copies to the address mentioned below:

Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore City Campus,
197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru 560 080. India.
T: +91 80 6760 6621

Please email the following publicity material to with the film name in the subject line:
a) Three high resolution film stills
b) One high resolution image of the director
c) One high resolution image of the film poster (if available)
d) Scanned copy of the censor certificate (if available)
e) The service provider and consignment tracking number for the preview DVDs sent (if online preview screener is not available)

The entry will be considered complete on receipt of both the entry form and the email with the publicity material.

Closing date for the receipt of entries (entry form and preview online link with password/DVDs) is 30th June, 2017


  1. The film can be of any genre/country/year of production.
  2. Participants may send multiple entries but separate entry forms are required for each entry.
  3. Films made in languages other than English are required to be subtitled in English. Otherwise the submission will not be accepted.
  4. Films that have been screened at past editions of the Urban Lens Film Festival and/or are already available online, will not be considered for the festival.

General Rules:

  1. All required permissions in relation to the film should be obtained before entering the work into the 4th Urban Lens film festival. IIHS shall not be liable for any copyright infringement or any third party actions/claims arising out of or in relation to the film or its screening. If a film is selected, the copyright holders of the film should permit free-of-cost public screening at the festival.
  2. If the participant is not submitting an online link:

a) The preview screener should be an all-region DVD PAL.

b) The cost of shipping the preview DVD to the festival must be borne by the participant.

c) The package must be labelled ‘For cultural purposes only. No commercial value’.

d) Films that are damaged or lost in transit are not the festival’s responsibility.

e) The service provider and consignment tracking number must be sent to with the film name in the subject line.

3. If the film is selected for Urban Lens Film Festival 2017, the participant will be notified via email.

For further queries, please write to or call +91 80 6760 6621