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Indywood Film Market is a cinema professional’s paradise, connecting delegates with service providers, filmmakers, producers, exhibitors, distributors and other stakeholders of the global film industry.

The coming 5th edition of IFM-2019 is opening a pathway to the young talents of the Film Industry for their freshness and creativity in filmmaking. Here we begin our first of its kind “IFM SHORT FILM MAKING COMPETITION�?

IFM Short Film Making Competition will be conducted to bring out focus onto the budding talents in the film industry by awarding the Best Short Film in 1st , 2nd & 3rd prizes. Also awards for other categories like Best Cinematographer, Editor, Sound/Audio technical related categories are included in our awards.

A. Rules to be noted

  1. Participants can register from June 30th 2019 to September 30 th , 2019 by submitting a link of maximum 3 short films previously done by the team (URL). The submitted short films will be considered for Eligibility.
  2. The competition will be done based on an Open theme.
  3. Participants need to submit their short film via mail to ifmsubmissions@indywood.co.in after completing the registration procedure.
  4. Submitted short film can be of any language but English subtitles are mandatory
  5. Each team must submit the details of all the team members before submitting the film (team members will also be eligible to win credits awards)
  6. The submitted film must be a minimum of 1 min to 25 mins, including the credits section
  7. The submitted film must be released within the period of 1st Jan,2018 to 30th Sept,2019. Films made before this period are not acceptable for the competition.
  8. The final video must be uploaded in MP4/MOVE/MPEG-4 format. Upload video should be strictly below 750mb. The file name should be your unique ID. For e.g.: - if your unique ID is IFM1234, your file name should be IFM1234.mp4
  9. Team Leader should go through the agreements, terms and conditions and discuss it with the team before registration.
  10. Top short-listed teams will be announced on October 15 th .
  11. Short Films without English subtitles will be disqualified.
  12. Teams are encouraged to work with local composer and musicians to write and record music and films/ It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however, the team must have rights to any music used in the film .
  13. IFM parties may, in the sole discretion, disqualify films deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.
  14. Teams cannot use stock footage or footage created earlier.
  15. Photographs can be used in the film, only if the team has the rights to use them.
  16. Only films submitted before the deadline will be officially part of the competition.
  17. IFM team may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the filmmaking period, without informing the participants
  18. Team can use a DSLR, professional film camera, mobile camera for video capturing for the film. To assure noiseless sound quality, an external microphone should be used

B. For being eligible for the Project

  1. Films must be the original work of the team and must not infringe third-party’s rights.
  2. Must be suitable for publication and not contain obscene or indecent material.
  3. Must not contain pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity.
  4. Must not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity.
  5. Must not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements not owned by the team.
  6. Films containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the IFM, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified.

C. Important Tasks.

  1. Scripting
  2. Casting
  3. Location and Art Design
  4. Shooting
  5. Editing
  6. Dubbing and Background Music
  7. Colour Correction and Rendering
  8. Compressing below 750 MB
  9. Uploading via link sent on registered e-mail ID.
  10. Organizing Crew
  11. Organizing Cast
  12. Securing Equipment’s
  13. Scouting/Securing Locations

Few points that can help you make a winning film!


The IFM National Short Film Making Competition is a lot about collaborating with right people. People who bring enthusiasm and excellence in all fields, be it technical, production.


Since the theme of the competition is open, make the script in a way that clearly explains your chosen theme.


Try to cast actors with some experience of acting or facing camera in the past. It is very important for an actor to look apt for their character and more important to convincingly perform. Costumes and makeup are other things to be taken care of and should not be taken for granted.


Find apt locations that uplift the scenes. Well-lit and neat locations always help in adding to visual appeal. Make sure no hindrance appears in your background while you roll the camera.


Shoot a film that is visually appealing for jury to watch. In case you do not have advanced equipment’s, use basic ones such as tripods, lights, reflectors, external microphones to maintain quality. Avoid low-light shots and handheld shots until you have right equipment’s. Visual appeal transcends beyond great cinematic shots.


Edit the film to keeping only what is relevant. It is not necessary to tell a story in a linear manner.Avoid much use of text for transitions.


In case you aren’t accessible to dubbing studio, dub your film with actors/voice artists in a noiseless environment on a high-quality microphone. A film with unwanted background noise does not impress jury.


Background music is a key element to your film. Some of the previous IFM winners have used music very effectively as a part of storytelling. We encourage teams to collaborate with composers in your city to create music for your film. In case you are unable to find a local music composer, please use royalty free music or purchased music for commercial use only. Avoid using random music from internet since the film will be disqualified.


Make sure to colour correct your film once you are done with your editing. Right tuning of colours plays a role in storytelling and can elevate the movie viewing experience of audience.


Render your film without losing on quality.


Registration & Submission Closing Date : October 15th 2019

Registration Fee : 500

Theme : Open Theme

Final Screening & Result Announcement : November 20th, 2019


Cash Prizes for Best 3 Short Films and also other credit awards worth

Cash Prize - INR 5,00,000