Sunday, July 22, 2012




TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) is proud to announce the addition of a new category to its already existing stable of awards:  the Toto Awards for Short Films.  These awards have been instituted to honour the memory of Dr Sanat Kumar Ghosh. Much loved by family and friends, Dr Ghosh was a doctor of medicine whose varied interests included a deep passion for films.

We invite young film-makers, persons between the ages of 18 and 29, to submit short fiction, non-fiction or animation films or any combination of these. Two winners, to be decided by an eminent panel, will get a cash award of Rs 25,000 each. Entries should reach TFA by 30 September 2012. There will be no extension of the deadline.
Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible for the awards. You can apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1983. No exceptions will be made. Also, since the spirit of the award is to identify promising film-makers, do not apply if you are already well established in your field.

  1. The submissions should comprise a maximum of 3 short films in any language with English subtitles.
  2. The films should not be longer than 30 minutes each.
  3. Only films completed between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011 will qualify.
  4. Please send each film on a separate DVD, three sets of each film.
  5. Only single screen films will qualify.
  6. The award will go to the Director of the film

Entries should be sent by courier or ordinary post  (and NOT by registered or speed post)  to the address below (the phone numbers supplied are for courier purposes only).  

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)
H 301 Adarsh Gardens
8th Block, 47th Cross
Bangalore 560 082
Phone 080 26990549/098896 23357

Entries must be accompanied by a statement, signed by you, confirming your name, date of birth, when the film was made and whether it has been screened (give details), and also affirming that the submitted film is original. Please also give us your postal address, email ID, phone number (landline and mobile) and a short bio.
If you have any further queries please email or  No queries will be answered on phone.
Note: Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. We reserve the right to use excerpts from your submitted films (if necessary) to publicise the awards. Otherwise, the copyright rests with film-maker and your submission will be put to no other use without your express permission. 

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) is a not-for-profit public trust set up in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films.

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