Thursday, June 15, 2017




TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites applications for its sixth annual TOTO Awards for Short Film 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 18 August 2017 at the latest.

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 1988.  No exceptions will be made.

To apply fill in the ApplicationForm, which may be copied from or obtained by request from,
and email it to us at the same address (

A link and password to the preview copy of the film must be included in the application form. The preview copy can be made available for streaming on any site offering you free access to password protected uploads. The link and password should be available to us until after the Awards ceremony in January 2018.

The submission should comprise between 1 and 3 short films in any language with English subtitles.
They should not be longer than 30 minutes each.
Only films completed between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 will qualify.
The award will go to the Director of the film. Films with more than one Director will not be accepted.  Only individuals can apply.
Institutions can ONLY submit a film on behalf of the individual director of the film.
If you are long listed you will need to send us a DVD, three sets of each film.

You can clear your doubts by emailing us at

The Fine Print: 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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