India’s Biggest Studio Is Looking For The Next Big Filmmaker! Submit Your Film & Make Your Mark.

By Arun Fulara. Posted on September 15, 2017

Viacom, one of the biggest film studios in India, is back with the 3rd edition of its short film contest, Cineshorts. The contest is now open for submissions and is accepting films across all genres and categories. There are no thematic restrictions and as long as you are above 18 years of age and the duration of the film is between 3-12 minutes, you are eligible for the contest.

Never before has there been so much excitement around short films as a category. Last few years have seen some of the biggest names in the industry explore the medium and use it to express themselves in ways not possible in the longer format. Platforms have sprung up to support and nurture young talent intent on sharing their stories through short films. Today, nothing stops anyone from picking up a camera and shooting his/ her own short film.

That’s the spirit Viacom wants to encourage. Viacom launched Cineshorts with the intention of finding and promoting young filmmaking talent from across the country. It’s an opportunity for you to get noticed on the big stage by the studio that’s produced some of the biggest and most exciting cinema in the country in recent years.


In the first stage of the contest, ten films will be selected from amongst all the films submitted. This shortlist will be decided based on their concept, plot, execution, relatability & overall assessment.

In the second and final stage of the contest, these ten films will be screened in Mumbai at INOX and three final winners will be selected by a jury of eminent filmmakers and personalities from the industry. Not only will the winners get prize money but there’s separate prize money for winners in individual categories like acting, editing, cinematography, writing and direction.

So what are you waiting for? Go on, finish that script, get your team out there and make the film that you’ve been dreaming of. And if you already have a film ready, just read the following details and send your film in.

What is Cineshorts?

A short filmmaking contest run by Viacom, one of the biggest film studios in the country.

Who can apply?

If you are an Indian above the age of 18, you are eligible to apply. The film can be in any language as long as it is subtitled.

When and where?

Submissions are now open and you can submit your film here. The last date of submission is Nov 10th. To submit your film you need to do two things;

  1. Upload your film on Youtube as an unlisted video and enter the URL in the registration form on the link above.
  2. Send a DVD/ Pen drive with the film to Viacom at the address mentioned in the terms and conditions.

Do read the terms and conditions carefully before sending in your film.

What’s on offer?

First place - 1,00,000

Second place- 50,000

Third place- 25,000

Prize money worth 10,000 each for the following categories: director, actor, editor, script, cinematography.

Go on and send in your films. This is your chance to shine.


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