The Alpavirama Asian Short and Documentary Film Festival is a five-day film festival organised by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. ‘Alpavirama’ is comma in Sanskrit - a precious pause - a brief stretch of time reclaimed for reflection and repose. The first edition of the festival was held in Ahmedabad, India, in the year 2011. The second edition was held in 2014. The third edition will take place between October 4–8, 2016.
Alpavirama focuses on short films from young filmmakers from the Asian countries. Alpavirama 2011 and 2014 editions were significant steps in that direction, focusing on South Asia. Alpavirama 2016, now pan-Asian, should see it consolidate and celebrate the vibrant Asian spirit; and the diverse yet converging flavours of Asian Cinema in all its short form glory.
The Competition is open to short fiction and documentary films, between 5–30 minutes; produced after 1 August 2014; directed by a young person (under 30 years) who is a citizen of & ordinarily resident in any South Asian country, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Focus on Asia Section is open to short fiction and documentary films, between 5–30 minutes; produced after 1 August 2014; directed by a young person (under 30 years) who is a citizen of and ordinarily resident in any Asian country, other than in South Asia.
From the 2014 edition onwards Alpavirama instituted an award in Late Prof. Satish Bahadur's (long-time Professor of Film Appreciation at FTII, Pune) name, for Lifetime Achievement in Film Teaching in South Asia.