~ Winners will be eligible for Oscar qualification, a theatrical release in Hollywood and a television broadcast deal with ShortsTV ~
The Fifth edition of ShortsTV Best of India Short Film Festival has received an overwhelming response till now with more than 1500 entries till date. The festival aims to recognise and elevate the exceptional works of the most creative short film makers from across India, giving them a global platform to showcase their work and opening new opportunities, including Oscar® consideration. The festival is organised by ShortsTV, world’s first 24×7 linear and OTT HD channel dedicated to short form video entertainment. The last date of submission is 30th April 2022.
The previous editions saw an overwhelming response with 2000+ entries every season with participation from Bollywood’s leading actors & directors including Prakash Jha, Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Radhika Apte, Neena Kulkarni among others. The festival that aims to open new opportunities for filmmakers across the country will shortlist top 5 films from the entries. These selected films will win a theatrical release in Hollywood and will also be qualified for Oscar® consideration. These films are also eligible for a television broadcast deal on ShortsTV. Leading up to the finale week, the festival will also screen top 15 films for 2 days on ShortsTV, the global home of short films and the festival promoter.
The winner of the 2021 edition was ‘Highway Nights featuring Director Prakash Jha as the lead in the film which was directed by Shubham Singh and produced by Akhilesh Choudhary along with Shubham Singh.
To be eligible for the competition, entries need to be “narrative” live action short films with a total running time of 40 minutes or less. It is necessary either the writer, director or producer is from India and the film is presented in High Definition (HD) or DCP format. All films in a regional language (other than English) must include English subtitles.
Key dates for the competition are as follows:
- Last Date for Submission: 30th April 2022
- Notification Date: 1st June 2022
- Winner announcement: July 2021
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