Call For Entry: YES! I Am The CHANGE 101-Hour Social Filmmaking Challenge

By Arun Fulara. Posted on September 21, 2016

Yes Foundation's annual social filmmaking challenge is back & now open for registrations. The 101 hour social filmmaking contest, YES! i am the CHANGE (YIAC), which started in 2013 & was usually held around the Independence day, is slated for Oct 1st to 5th this year.

Time-bound filmmaking contests have become a regular fixture & alongside the 48-hour Film Project & India Film Project, the YIAC ranks as one of the biggest & most well known contests that challenge filmmakers to conceive, shoot & edit a film in a tight schedule. By placing a time constraint, an almost impossible 50 or 101 hours, these contests push the filmmakers on every front, from the creative to the financial to the logistical. What sets YIAC apart from the rest is its focus on films that highlight social causes. Precisely why these are great places to test your mettle & get a film done in those 2-4 days, no matter whether you are an amateur, an aspiring professional or a professional.

Not that young filmmakers need any push to participate. According to the Yes Foundation site, last year the contest saw almost 5 lakh individuals from 2500 towns & cities registering for participation. Those are incredible numbers by any stretch of imagination.

YIAC 2015

At the launch of YIAC 2015

And so is the prize money. Total cash prizes worth INR 85 lakh await the various winners in different categories. What's more, this year the winners will also get an opportunity to attend events like IDFA and Docedge Kolkata.

IDFA is a showcase event of the world’s best non-fiction films featuring worldwide premieres of major motion pictures. This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to network with professionals and peers from around the world. 2 winning filmmakers from the Student Challenge Category will win an all-expenses paid trip to IDFA in November 2017.

Docedge is an intensive training cum pitching initiative where filmmakers of Asian region are rigorously mentored on their current creative projects before pitching them to a panel of international broadcasters and foundations. 3 winning filmmakers from the Student Challenge Category will win an all-expenses paid trip to Docedge in March 2017. The winners will get an exclusive chance to be observers at the Pitching Forum where filmmakers will participate in an intense live pitch to international broadcasters and producers.

This year’s YIAC jury includes Ms. Ally Derks (Director, International Film Festivals, Amsterdam), Ms. Sanjna Kapoor (Theatre Actor), Mr. Shivendra Singh Dungarpur (Ad-filmmaker), Ms. Guneet Monga (Film Producer), Mr. Kailash Surendranath (Ad-filmmaker), Mr. Paul Pauwels (Director, European Documentary Network, Denmark), Mr. Pritish Nandy (veteran journalist, poet and film producer), Ms. Rebecca Tavares (Representative, Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives & Sri Lanka, UN Women), Mr. Bharat Patel (Ex- Chairman, P & G) amongst others.

Parallel to the filmmaking challenge is the Social Photostory Challenge, where individuals will narrate stories of change through sets of 5 photographs. All photographs received from participants will make a Guinness World Record attempt for the World's Largest Photography Competition.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Have a look at the details below to know more;

What's the contest about

As the information on the site indicates, 'participants have to make 3-minute short films on social causes which form an open repository of invaluable communication resources for the use of Non-Profits'.

You are free to pick up any cause to make a film around. Like these films below from previous years;

How do you participate:

1. Form a team
2. Register HERE
3. On the first day of the filmmaking challenge, you will receive two topics at 6.00 a.m. via email
4. Select ONE topic to make a film
5. In the next 101 hours, script, shoot, edit and upload your film
6. For queries, write to us at or call the helpline +917533008990 between 10 am & 7 pm (only during the challenge dates)

For more details on the process, please check here.

The last date for registration is 27th Sept. So go on, register now, form your teams & get ready for 101 hours of sleepless filmmaking mania.


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