The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai announces the opening of its fourth annual short-film contest on the theme of women’s safety and empowerment. The yearly contest is part of the U.S. consulate’s partnership with local filmmakers, civil society advocates, and others to promote safety, dignity, and equality for Indian women and girls. A jury panel will select winning films from short-listed entries at a gala screening and award ceremony in early December that coincides with the observation of the November 25 to December 10 “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” global campaign. Entries are being accepted from October 1 to November 10, 2017.
Filmmakers, writers, and advocates are invited to submit video entries of up to five minutes in length that offer succinct, creative, and compelling messages. Video entries may be in the form of stories, testimonials, advertisements, public service announcements, or other creative forms of messaging that advance public awareness of women’s safety and empowerment or that offer practical solutions to these pressing challenges. The film contest is open to Indian nationals residing in the U.S. Consulate Mumbai five-state consular district that includes Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. Submissions may be in any of the following languages: Chhattisgarhi, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Konkani, Marathi, and Urdu. Entries not in English should include English subtitles. Each entry must be an original work and produced within the past two years.
Interested participants must read the full contest rules and regulations here. To enter, submit your original work between October 1 and November 10, 2017, by sending your video to [email protected].