Short Film Competition

Bharat Pravah - an Institute for Governance, Policies and Politics, New Delhi’s initiative, in collaboration with the Ministry of Shipping, Ports and Waterways, is organizing a Short Film Competition for the students of Srinivas University to motivate youth of the country towards thinking about rivers and sea's role in India's development and building this great civilization.

Rivers and seas have been the reservoir of our cultural heritage and the lifeline for our prosperity since times immemorial, but the impression of seas, rivers, ports, ships and their role in day-to-day life is underestimated and neglected. This is an effort to revive the lost glory of India's rich socio-cultural tradition inspired by rivers and seas. It intends to highlight forgotten aspects of the river and seas in culture, history, folk arts and any other prevalent form of knowledge.


Bharat Pravah is organizing a short film competition in Mangalore. The competition aims to give an opportunity to the participants to use their creative lens on the following themes:

  1. Shipping in India
  2. India's Maritime Connections
  3. Fishermen Communities
  4. Coastal Architecture
  5. Life in Mangalore
  6. In the Womb of the Sea
  7. Coastal Art and Culture
The duration of the short film should not exceed more than 5 minutes.


Last date of submission: 7th July 2023


Winners will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 25,000 (1st prize), 15,000 (2nd prize) and 10,000 (3rd prize) respectively.

*All registered participants will get an opportunity to visit a commercial and naval vessel at the New Mangalore Port.*


  • There is no entry fee.

  • The duration of the short film should not exceed more than 5 minutes.

  • The film can be in the regional language of Mangalore with English subtitles.

  • The application format has a section for giving the “synopsis” and “treatment” of the proposed film, respectively in about 100 and 300 words, and a section for the credentials and resume of the director applicant. The synopsis should spell out clearly what the film is about, and its category (documentary, short film, animation, narrative film). The treatment should broadly define the content in the form of topics that the film will deal with. It should also indicate broadly the techniques to be used like voice over, music, interviews, candid shots, graphics etc. The treatment should also give a preliminary indication of the form that the film may take such as classical, impressionistic, portrait, documentation, compilation, experimental and so on.

  • Applicants should also tell their expected budget line, language of the film and format.

  • The short film can be shot on any device or camera setup.

  • Bharat Pravah reserves the right to copy or use the material submitted by the participants in any form, online or offline, for promotional and archival purposes.

  • Judging Criteria will be on the relevance to the theme & creativity.

  • Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) is your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified.

  • Ten shortlisted short film ideas will receive funding from Bharat Pravah of Rs. 10,000 each.

For any clarification, please email at with subject line – Mangalore Short Film Competition.

Competition Details

Last date of submission:
7th July 2023
Online Mode
Open to all
1st Prize: 25,000/-
2nd Prize: 15,000/-
3rd Prize: 10,000/-
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