Monday, June 18, 2018

Toto Awards for Short Film 2019: Call for Applications



TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites applications for the 2019 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.

To mark the fifteenth year of the TOTO Awards, the cash prize for each of the two winners has been increased to Rs 50,000. The winners will be decided by an independent panel of jurors. Entries should reach TFA by 20 August 2018 at the latest.

The awards are meant only for Indian citizens 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 1989. No exceptions will be made.

To apply fill in the Application Form (click here for the form). The form may also be obtained by request from and emailed back 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 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 2019.

You may submit up to a maximum of 3 short films in any language with English subtitles.

They should not be longer than 30 minutes each.

Only films completed between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 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 your film(s) is long-listed, you will need to send us two DVDs of the film(s).

Unless you have won this TOTO Award earlier, you are eligible to apply again.

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.

The TOTO Short Film Awards are supported by O2 Financials,
a wealth management and investment company.

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

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