Monday, July 18, 2016

Toto Short Films Awards 2017: Call for Entries



TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites applications for its fifth annual Toto Awards for Short Films from persons between the ages of 18 and 29. Filmmakers can submit short fiction, non-fiction, animation or mixed-genre films.  Advertising films, Public Service films and Promotional films will not be accepted. 

Two winners, to be decided by an eminent panel, will get a cash award of Rs 30,000 each. Entries should reach TFA by 15 September 2016 at the latest.


The deadline has been extended to 7 October, 2016.

The awards are meant only for Indian nationals resident in India. (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.) And, since the spirit of the awards is to identify promising young filmmakers, you can apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1987.  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 or .MOV format and should be single-screen films.

They should not be longer than 30 minutes each

Only films completed between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 will qualify. 

The award will go to the Director of the film. If a film has more than one director, please mention the name of the director to whom the award should go if the film wins it.

Entries should be sent by courier or ordinary post only (and NOT by speed post or registered post) to the address below.

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)
H 301 Adarsh Gardens
47th Cross, 8th Block
Bangalore 560 082
Phone 080 26990549, 09880623357

The phone numbers supplied are for courier purposes only. PLEASE DO NOT CALL. You can clear your doubts by emailing us at

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 has won any awards, 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.

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 blog or in any other 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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