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Satyajit Ray Foundation International Short Film Competition 2014

The call for submissions is now open | ENTRY DEADLINE Monday 21 April 2014

“Film is an exciting and wonderful medium, and short films have been at the centre of cinema activity since the dawn of the movies. The Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Competition will encourage young film-makers to explore life and put it on the screen, just as Ray himself did in his inspiring work” Mike Leigh (Patron of the Satyajit Ray Foundation Short Film Competition)

• 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 2014.

• Winner: The winning film will be screened at the London Indian Festival's closing night gala in July 2014.


Short Film Competition Winner 2013

Anurag Goswami won the Satyajit Ray Foundation's short film award, held in conjunction with LIFF, for Kaun Kamleshwar? (Who's Kamleshwar?). The jury, comprising Atif Ghani (producer - Ill Manors), Kim Longinotto (director - Salma), Sunny Grewal (BBC London), Meghna Gupta (shorts director, Unravel) and Satwant Gill (LIFF), said: "The Satyajit Ray Foundation's short film award goes to a film which was confident and ambitious in its storytelling, gave us engaging characters and was genuinely cinematic. Using some unforgettable images and off-beat humour the film explores how random decisions have the power to shape our lives."

Anurag Goswami said: "It's an honour and a great feeling that our efforts have been recognised at such a prestigious avenue. Short films are finding an audience like never before, courtesy festivals such as LIFF. It's very encouraging and satisfying that our voices are being heard all over the world. Thank you LIFF!"

Special Jury Mention goes to Vikram Dasgupta for his entertaining, bold and vibrant interweaving of stories in the film Calcutta Taxi.

The London Indian Film Festival Audience Award 2013

Director Pawan Kumar's Kannada-language film Lucia has won the coveted Audience Award at the 4th London Indian Film Festival (LIFF, July 18-25). The inventive crowd-funded film, powered by UK-based online outfit Distrify, delighted sold out audiences across the city.

Pawan Kumar said: "To win this award in the face of such powerful competition is a dream come true for me. I thank the London Indian Film Festival for selecting the film for its world premiere and would also like to thank the London audience and the UK Kannada community for supporting the film."



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