FirstCut is the Annual Intercollegiate Film Festival organized by FLAME University, a prestigious academic institution in Pune.

FirstCut recognizes the filmmaker in everyone. This is a short film competition where it doesn’t matter if a DSLR or a mobile camera is used. There are no restrictions on the theme one can choose. All that matters is the way the story is told. And the best get works win money, trophies and certificates!

Thousands of short films are made each year by filmmaking enthusiasts who wish to have their films screened to audiences. However, a lot of these film makers are disqualified usually for failing to adhere to technical specifications. A film not shot on DSLR is automatically at a risk of disqualification. Films shot on mobile are considered a no-no.

Many of these disqualified entries submitted to short film competitions are competent works by film school and non-film school students that end up getting unfairly ignored. How does this give freedom to students when their filmmaking efforts are overlooked by short film festivals in India? FirstCut gives filmmakers a carte blanche in making films of their choice, and helps them reach out to a large audience of cinema-lovers.

Over 150 films participated in the first annual FirstCut 2016 last year. And this time, we are holding Firstcut 2017 on 18th and 19th February. Send in your shorts, be it fiction or documentary, be its ad films, or spoofs, by 7th February, 2017.

FirstCut 2017… Lights… Camera… Freedom!

FisrtCut is a new FLAME initiative organized primarily by the students themselves

Do feel free to contact any member of the Core Team:


Swathy Sasikumar


Param Vyas


Anahita Sachdev


Prawin Sugumaran


Garima Kar


Nihaal Shah


Siddharth Bhatia


Hriday Thakkar

About FLAME University

FirstCut is organized by FLAME University, a prestigious academic institute offering programs anchored in the concept of ‘Liberal Education’ on its 53-acre campus near Pune. FLAME University currently consists of six schools – FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication, FLAME School of Fine & Performing Arts, FLAME School of Entrepreneurship and FLAME School of Investing. Through these schools, FLAME University delivers undergraduate (B.A., B.Sc., BBA), postgraduate (M.A., MBA, M.Sc.) and doctoral programs (Ph.D.). FLAME School of Liberal Education offers intensive undergraduate (B.A., B.Sc.), postgraduate (M.A., M.Sc.) and doctoral programs (Ph.D.) in humanities, social sciences, economics and physical and natural sciences. FLAME School of Communications offers a 2 year full-time MBA in Advertising & Branding, Film & TV and Digital Communication Management; minor in Journalism are offered as well. FLAME school of Business offers two-year full time MBA with Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Operations as specializations.

For more details, please visit www.flame.edu.in.