Vigyan Prasar (VP) 9th National Science Film Festival and Competition - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Vigyan Prasar (VP) 9th National Science Film Festival and Competition

9 th National Science Film Festival of India 27-31 January 2019, Chandigarh, India

Vigyan Prasar (VP), an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India take pride to announce 9th National Science Film Festival & Competition 2019.
National Science Film Festival & Competition aims to:
 Foster, strengthen and create scientific temper through popular science films.
Recognize the initiative and output of science film makers on the specific aspects of science, technology, environment, health and related issues.
Encourage science film making
 Gives opportunity to: 
Appreciate film based science communication;
Film makers / communicators to showcase their work;
Interact with science film makers / communicators, scientists and others to gain insights on science communication.

 Categories of Films
Documentary, animation, short fiction films on science, technology, innovations, energy, environment, medicine, biographies and emerging sciences are invited from film makers / institutions / students under the following categories:
Category A 
Films sponsored by government and non-government institutions / organisations : upto 60 minutes
Category B
Films made by independent film makers / production houses upto 60 minutes
Category C
Films made by college students upto 15 minutes
Category D
Films made by school students (class 6th to 12th) upto 10 minutes
 Category E

Films from other countries (only for screening) upto 60 minutes
Category F
 On the spot short film (film to be made on-spot) upto 5 minutes

1. General conditions and guidelines for applicants in categories A to D.
a. Films produced ONLY between  1st November 2017 and 31st October 2018  will be entertained.
b. Films submitted in earlier NSFFs will not be accepted.
c. There is no entry fee.
d. Applicant (director / producer) can submit maximum two entries in suitable category. Separate entry form is required for each entry.
e. Films produced in languages other than English must be sub-titled in English.
f. Captions and credits must be clear, legible and must be within the safe areas.
g. Theme for the category E will be announced during the festival.
h. Organiser/s
 will have right to screen the awarded / nominated films as and when required for academic and noncommercial screening or travelling versions of the festival;
 will not be responsible for any damage to DVD / pen-drive submitted by the participants;
 reserve the right to reject any entry if found ineligible;
 can change the category of the film without any explanation if the film is not found suitable for the
category indicated by the applicant.
i. DVD/pen-drive of films submitted for the festival / competition will be retained by the organisers.
j. Producers & Directors of awarded films under the category A & B will have to resubmit copy of the film in Blu Ray / hard disk / pen drive.
k. It is essential to fill all the columns in the entry form, failing which the entry is liable to be rejected.
l. The award money of all the Beaver Awards will be distributed equally between the producer (copy right
holder) and the director. Trophies will be awarded director and certificates to both, the producer and
m. The film should not violate the copyright / intellectual property law. In case such a violation is reported
at a later date the awardee/s will
 be liable for criminal offence.
 have to return the cash prize, trophy and certificate.
 be barred in future from participating in the NSFF competition.
2. How to participate
i. Please read carefully terms & condition of the festival before filling the form.
ii. Fill one entry form for each film.
iii. It is mandatory to send hard copy of completely filled form with the following enclosures to Vigyan
Prasar, Noida (by post/courier/by hand):
a. Pen drive/DVD containing :
 Copy of the film in mp4 format.
 Synopsis of the film in 200 – 250 words (in MS Word doc.file)
 Script of the film (in MS Word doc.file)
 Five still photographs of the film (jpeg format)
 One photograph of the director (jpeg format)
b. Hard Copy of the synopsis of the film in English
c. Certificate from the Principal/Director/HOD (Only for Category C & D )
3. Selection for the festival
a. A Screening Committee will recommend the films for the festival and Jury will select the films for
awards. The decisions of Jury will be final.
b. Shortlisted films for screening in festival will be announced during December 2018.
c. A five-day science film screening and workshop on science films will be organized during the
National Science Film Festival of India 2019  Sunday, 27th January to Thursday, 31st January 2019 at Chandigarh.
d. Two representatives from the crew of each shortlisted film (national categories) and one representative
from non-shortlisted film will be invited to attend the festival. AC III return train fare by the shortest
route, lodging and food will be provided.
e. One representative from the crew of each shortlisted film of International category will be invited to attend the festival. Lodging and food will be provided by the festival organisers.
f. If award is shared by 2 or more persons / organisations, the amount will be equally divided.
g. Organisers reserve the right to modify the rules and conditions including number and amount of
4. Last date for receipt of entries
All online entries should reach Wednesday, 31st October 2018.
Hard copies (separate entry form for each film) should reach by 5 pm on or before 5th November 2018 along with enclosures by hand/speed post/ courier on the following address:
NSFFI 2019
Science Film Festival Division
Vigyan Prasar,
A-50 Institutional Area
Sector-62, NOIDA, UP 201 309

Last Date for submission of entries: 30th November 2017

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