About FirstCut

FirstCut is an annual international student film festival organized by FLAME University, Pune. Our aim is to provide a platform to young filmmakers from around the world and encourage them to explore the medium of film as an agent of change.

For our fifth edition, we have received over 600 submissions from over 50 countries around the world. Judging panels in the past have included the likes of  Irene Dhar, Jay Oza, Reema Sengupta, and Anjum Rajabali, and Sriram Raghavan. FirstCut continues to strive towards not only a larger reach, but also a greater quality of filmmaking.

This year, the festival is set to be a three-day affair. We believe not only in simply viewing films but in holistically experiencing them. Talks, open-air screenings, and food stalls complement the spirit of coming together and enjoying cinema. To know more, keep scrolling!


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Submit your Film



Duration:  05:01 – 20:00 minutes (including titles and credits)


Duration: 05:01  – 20:00 minutes (including titles and credits)


Duration: 30 seconds – 05:00 minutes (including titles and credits)


Duration:  05:01 – 15:00 minutes (including titles and credits)

Submission Guidelines

Who can Submit?

Since FirstCut is a student film festival, all individuals involved in its creation, including the director(s), editor(s), writer(s) and cinematographer(s) are required to be students currently attached to an institution, or graduates from the past year. While filling the form, providing your student IDs and date of graduation in the columns provided is essential.

Submission Fees

There are no submission fees for FirstCut 2020. 

Multiple Submissions

In order to submit more than one film, you are required to fill a separate form for each. For example, if you wish to submit one film to the Nano category and another to the Fiction category, you will have to fill the form twice- one for each submission. The same film cannot be submitted to more than one category.
If you are unsure of which category your film falls under, feel free to contact us at firstcut@flame.edu.in.

Submissions for FLAME FirstCut 2020 are open NOW!

Indian Students Registration

  1. Click on the link to the form below and fill in all your details and provide your Student IDs (without which your film will not be considered for the selection process).
  2. Our registration team will confirm your submission in the next 3 days. If you aren’t contacted by then, get back to us at firstcut@flame.edu.in.

International Students Registration

  1. Click the link to our Film Freeway form below and fill it accordingly. Provide your Student IDs (without which your film will not be considered for the selection process). 
  2. Our registration team will confirm your submission in the next 3 days. If you aren’t contacted by then, get back to us at firstcut@flame.edu.in.

Delegate Registration

FirstCut celebrates independent films and provides a platform for students to showcase their best work. Make your way to the beautiful Lavale valley on 6th, 7th, and 8th March 2020, to attend the 6th edition of FirstCut and watch some enthralling, thought-provoking, and captivating student films.

There will also be panel discussions with the jury, talks by individuals from the industry, rooftop screenings, and other fun activities. 

Sounds like your cup of tea?

Fill the form below to register as a
delegate for FLAME FirstCut 2020!
Attending FirstCut 2020 is FREE.

FirstCut Last Year




Abhishek Jain


Anjum Rajabali



Anandana Kapur


Irene Dhar Malik


Beena Paul



Reema Sengupta


Jay Oza


Nitin Baid



Ashish Kulkarni


Anand Gurnani

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Makarand Dambhare



Sriram Raghavan

Director of Johnny Gaddar (2007), Badlapur (2015), and Andhadhun (2018)


Get in Touch

Write to us at firstcut@flame.edu.in
+91 92220 89425/ +91 83348 04439

FLAME University Campus address:
Gat No. 1270, Lavale, Off. Pune Bangalore Highway,
Vadzai, Dist. Pune – 412115, India