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 Ms. Rasika Dugal, Mr. Makarand Dambhare, and Ms. Ayisha Abraham. 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!

Quit Smoking Filmmaking Competition

Nicotex by Cipla is holding a “Quit-smoking” filmmaking competition for all budding filmmakers in the country!

The winning film will receive a cash prize worth 10,000 INR.


Read on to learn more:


  • The objective is to interview at least 10 people who smoke and want to quit smoking and identify their key barriers. Post identifying the key barrier, prepare a film which can tackle that barrier and help the viewers to switch to Nicotex
  • The films will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including story, creativity, identification, tackling of barrier etc. by the Nicotex brand team.
  • The film should be between 1 min – 3 mins and should be either in Hindi or English language only.
  • Team Size: 3-4 students.
  • First Prize is 10,000 INR and the runner-up will receive 5,000 INR.



Terms & Conditions: 

  1. Results will be declared with the sole discretion of Nicotex team.
  2. Once entries are submitted, they will be the proprietary of Nicotex. Nicotex will hold the copyrights of the idea & the entries.
  3. Nicotex holds the right to use these entries on any medium, including social media, and use them for promotional activities.


Submit your film using the link below! Submissions close on 31st March 2019. 



Manish Ruparel


Amalina Sengupta

Co-Head, Registrations

Pratiksha Kumar

Head, Logistics

Siddhi Ashar


Afrah Umapathy

Co-Head, Registrations

Hrishita Sarkar

Head, Finance

Tamanna Rajabali

Co-Head, Public Relations & Marketing

Tanya Toshali

Co-Head, Sponsorship

Rishleen Bajaj

Head, Hospitality

Madhurima Khadilkar

Co-Head, Public Relations & Marketing

Sakshi Venkateswaran

Co-Head, Sponsorship
sautrik (2)

Sautrik Mukherji

Head, Events

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 2019. 

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 2019 are closed!

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 8th, 9th, and 10th March 2019, to attend the 5th 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 2019!
Attending FirstCut 2019 is FREE.

FirstCut This 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)

Our Sponsors

Associate Sponsor
Social Media Partner
Munching Partner
Screening Partner
Coupon Partner
Coupon Partner


Get in Touch

Write to us at firstcut@flame.edu.in
+91 9867788408 / +91 9566288989


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