YouTube is working with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to launch the ministry’s second global short film contest titled “India Is a…Visual Journey”. The contest is open to aspiring and established filmmakers worldwide.
It encourages filmmakers to “showcase the creativity the world has to offer on India” and how India influences the rest of the world. No travel to India is necessary in entering this contest.
The first place winner will receive a round-trip ticket to India, a Canon 5D Mark II camera with 18-35mm lens, a weekend trip to Taj Exotica resort and many more goodies. There are also prizes for second place, third place and “Most Popular Video.” The first place winner will also help Indian director Anurag Kashyrap direct a sequence for one of his upcoming films.
Judges will select finalists from three themes: “India is incredible,” “India is where you are” and “India is unforgettable.” Winners will be chosen based on the film’s relevance to the overall theme, its production value and his or her visual storytelling abilities. YouTube viewers will also select from the Top 45 videos chosen by the judges and vote for the “Most Popular Video.”
Qualifying films must be less than five minutes long and promotes positive aspects of India and its culture. There is no limit to how many videos you can submit in any of the three categories mentioned in the contest. You can submit your short films through the contest’s YouTube channel, and remember, all entries must be received by February 9, 2013. For more detailed rules, click here for the FAQs.
Check out the winning film from the 2011 contest, “That Indian Blaze In My Dream,” by filmmaker Umang Khanna below: