Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Toto Short Film Awards 2015: Call for Entries

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites applications for its Toto Awards for Short Films from persons between the ages of 18 and 29. 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 filmmakers 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 30,000 each. The last date for entries has been extended to 21 October, 2014.

Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible for the awards. Also, since the spirit of the awards is to identify promising young filmmakers, you can apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1985.  No exceptions will be made.

The submission should comprise between 1 and 3 short films in any language with English subtitles.  Please send each film on a separate DVD, three sets of each film.
The films should be submitted in MP4 format and should be single-screen films.
They should not be longer than 30 minutes each.
Only films completed between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 will qualify.
The award will go to the Director of the film. 

Entries should be sent by courier or ordinary post only (and NOT by speedpost or registered 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/+91-98806 23357

Please state the category for which you are applying on the envelope, e.g. Short Films (documentary), Short Films ((Fiction), etc.

Each entry must be accompanied by a statement, signed by you, confirming your name, date of birth, when the film was completed, whether it has been screened (give details), and affirming that the submitted work is original. Please also give us your postal address, email ID, phone numbers (landline and mobile) and a short bio. A small paragraph on each of the films submitted is essential. 

If you have any further questions please email sarita.tfaawards@gmail.com.  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 either on our website or in any in-house materials such as a newsletter. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the filmmaker 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.

Dr Sanat Kumar Ghosh was a doctor of medicine whose varied interests included a deep passion for films.

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