Friday, May 29, 2015

Toto Awards for Short Films 2016: Call for Entries



TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites applications for its fourth annual Toto Awards for Short Films from persons between the ages of 18 and 29. Young filmmakers can 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. Entries should reach TFA no later than 18 August 2015

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 1986.  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 filmsThey should not be longer than 30 minutes each. Only films completed between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 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,
47th Cross, 8th Block
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) or won any awards (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  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.

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