Reel Deal is a short film festival held in Washington DC metro area to celebrate cinema.

Reel Deal is an effort to create a warm and welcoming home for independent filmmakers and fans of cinema in Washington DC metro area. Reel Deal is also committed to train the next generation of film makers and has a separate junior category for our budding filmmakers under 17 years of age.

First held as a short film making competition by KAGW in 2013, we have matured into a film festival. KAGW being the parent organization, Reel Deal is committed in nurturing the cultural aspiration of the Indian community.

Film Maker Q/A

Important Dates

Submit your film between June 1st, 2023 and September 25th, 2023 to qualify for Early Bird submission fee rates. Submissions can be made till 11:59 pm on the said date. You will recieve an email confirming your submission. If your film is selected for screening or nominated for an award you will be intimated by email.

Submit your film

General / Junior

Your film must be a short film can be of any genre with a running time of 30 minutes or under (including title credits).

Previous Screenings are perfectly acceptable however preference may be given to premiere films when programming festival screenings.

While we encourage Malayalam films, this festival is NOT dedicated to Malayalam films. The movie may be in any language. However, if not in Malayalam or English language, subtitles in English must be provided.

You may submit more than one film as long as each film meets the eligibility requirements.Each entry must be a separate submission.

KAGW reserves the right to reject or disqualify any entries without a refund.

Insta Reel

Reels for Insta Reel category must be under 60 seconds.

You may submit any number for Reels in the Insta Reel category.

Submission for Insta Reel category is free.


Films must not have any objectional content including but not limited to (nudity, anti social message, propaganda etc).

An entry does not guarantee selection.

Please read the full Rules and termshere

$ 25
Early Bird

$ 50
Late submission

By submitting your film you here by agree to Reel Deal terms and conditions

Frequently Asked Question

The film will qualify as long as the either the producer or the director is under 16. Individual award categorys like Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editor ect will qualify if the nominee is under 16.
As long as 80% of your film dialogues are in malayalam, your film will qualify.
While we want to screen every single submitted films our programming time is limited. The judges will pick 8 - 10 best films to be screened followed by a 7 minutes Q/A with the fimmaker.