Vigyan Prasar (VP) and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) have planned to hold an on-line science Film Festival to commemorate the momentous occasion of 75th year of India’s independence from colonial rule. Called “Swatantrata ka Vigyan Filmotsav”, the programme is part of a series of events being organised by the Government as `Swatantrata ka Amrit Mahotsav’, to mark the land mark occasion for the country.
The entries can be in the form of documentaries, docu-dramas, animations and short videos with duration of up to 60 minutes. But, they should have been made in the last 10 years, from 1st August 2011 to 31st July 2021
The entries can be on three broad Themes: `role of scientists in India’s freedom movement’; `India’s premier science institutions in India’s freedom movement’; and `science and technology in India during 1947 or pre-independence era’. Any Indian citizen can participate in the festival. There is no age bar and no registration fee.
Awards will be given for the best entries. The first prize will carry Rs.1,50,000/- in cash with trophy & certificate; second prize Rs.1,00,000/- with trophy & certificate and the third prize Rs.75,000/- with trophy & certificate.
The last date to submit the entries will be 31st July 2021. An individual can submit up to two entries. However, separate entry form is required for each entry. The films can be submitted in any Indian language. Films produced in languages other than Hindi or English must be sub-titled in Hindi or English. The festival is tentatively fixed to be held from August 13 to 15 this year.
As per the guidelines the organisers will have non-exclusive rights to screen the film entries as and when required for non-commercial screening or travelling / online versions of the festival; and to participate in other national and international festivals in non-competitive categories. They will also have the liberty to use up to 45 seconds of the film footage for promotional purpose.
The award money will be distributed equally between the producer (copy right holder) and the director. Trophy will be awarded to the director and the certificates will be awarded to both, the producer and the director.
Further information and detailed terms and conditions can be found at www.vigyanprasar.gov.in .