ShortsTV Best of India Short Film Festival has opened up its much-awaited fourth edition dedicated to putting Indian filmmakers on the global entertainment map. The previous edition had an overwhelming response with 2000+ entries that was 50% higher than the 1st edition seeing participation from Bollywood’s leading actresses and directors including Vidya Balan, Soha Ali Khan, Sayani Gupta, Ronnie Screwvala, among others.
The festival is LIVE again and open to new opportunities for filmmakers across the country. The film festival will shortlist top 5 films from the entries that will win a theatrical release in Hollywood that qualifies them for Oscar consideration. The five shortlisted films will also receive prize money totaling $2,500 and eligible for a television broadcast deal on ShortsTV.
Commenting on the launch, Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive, ShortsTV said, “We are overjoyed to inaugurate the fourth edition of the ShortsTV Best of India Short Film Festival. Despite the pandemic, last year saw filmmakers at the height of creativity, with a zeal to produce some of the most invigorating short films we’ve ever seen from India. This year we are looking forward to releasing again some of the year’s fascinating short format stories. Short films are the best movies in showbiz.”
Tarun Sawhney, President – Asia, ShortsTV & Festival Director said, “India has some of the most creative story tellers and we want to take these amazing stories to a global audience. We have also observed a huge surge in submissions of regional language short films in Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, and Telugu apart from Hindi. It highlights the growing affinity for short films among Indian audiences at large, in addition to the mainstream Bollywood. We are excited for the Fourth edition of the ShortsTV Best of India Short Film Festival and look forward to making it an even bigger success this year.”
The competition will be open for submissions till 15th July 2021 while the winner will be announced in October 2021.