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The London Indian Film Festival Short Film Competition 2015


"...if you're able to portray universal feelings, universal relations, emotions, and characters, you can cross certain barriers and reach out to others..." Satyajit Ray


The call for submissions is now open | ENTRY DEADLINE Monday 6 April 2015

• FREE Entry: there is no entry fee for this competition.

• Film Content: The film, of no more than 20 minutes, running time should express and inform aspects of the experiences of South Asians (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) either within their own countries or the Diaspora. All submissions must have been completed within two years prior to the closing date. Previous submitted entries are ineligible.

• Format: While films may be shot on any standard format (film or digital), all entries for consideration should be submitted via a password-protected VIMEO upload with an invite sent to or a DVD sent to the London Indian Film Festival's administrative address below.

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• Shortlisted Films: The entries selected and shortlisted will be screened in a special programme during the London Indian Film Festival in July 2015.

• Winner: The winning film will be screened at the London Indian Festival's closing night gala in July 2015.




KUSH | Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition

The festival's popular Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition was won by Shubhashish Bhutiani's Kush. The award carries a cash prize of £1000. Kush previously won short film kudos at Venice and was long-listed for the live action short film Oscar. Ananya Kasaravalli's Devil in the Black Stone (Kappu Kallina Saitana) won a Special Mention.

Shubhashish Bhutiani said, "Thank you so much to the London Indian Film Festival Jury and the Satyajit Ray Foundation for this amazing honour. His dealing with children and the way he told truthful and complex stories in such a simple way are some of the things I've learnt from Satyajit Ray. I heard the story for this film in a classroom many years ago, and felt compelled to share it after it resonated with me for all that time. With an incredibly supportive cast and crew, we made the film with the little resources we have, and for it today, to be recognized by our own community in such a culturally diverse part of the world, means a lot to me."



SOLD | The Pure Heaven Audience Award

Oscar winning director Jeffrey D Brown's hard-hitting child trafficking drama Sold, executive produced by Emma Thompson and starring Gillian Anderson, which opened the 5th edition of the London Indian Film Festival, has won the festival's Pure Heaven Audience Award.

Jeffrey D Brown said, "It's really amazing. I hadn't really anticipated this at all. I'm really grateful, humbled and speechless. I really hope this galvanises more people to see the film so that we can help the kids who've been through this ordeal and we can end this travesty around the globe." Brown and producer Jane Charles are in advanced discussions with distributors with a view to securing a global release for Sold in early 2015.

The runner up for the audience award was Samruddhi Porey's Hemalkasa, the festival's closing night film starring Indian cinema icon Nana Patekar. The film is a biopic about a doctor couple that dedicated their lives towards improving the lot of tribal people in Western India with little or no help from the government.


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