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DD announces short film contest on Independence theme

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NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has announced a Swatantra Bharat Short Films Contest to mark the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement and 70th anniversary of India's Independence next month.

The aim is to create awareness, education, encouragement and enlightenment about inspiring, real-life stories of ordinary people who have made a difference to the society to rid it of some evil or malpractice, educate and enlighten people about the importance of Independence, freedom struggle, freedom fighters and to instil the feeling of patriotism.

Carrying prizes worth Rs 300,000, the last date for entries is 7 August 2017. The competition will have three categories.Animation films, mobile films and films of any other genre produced with broadcast quality can participate in this contest.

Regional language films are to be supported with English or Hindi transcription. But one person can only submit one film in each category – thus a maximum of three films. A jury comprising communication experts, social entrepreneurs and film makers will judge the 3-minute, 2-minute and 1-minute films separately.

The best three films in each of the three categories will get Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively and a merit certificate.

The films will be first screened on Doordarshan and then released on You Tube. The films will also be used by Doordarshan extensively in their workshops and training programmes.

DD sources said there are thousands of stories that can be told in each of these areas.

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