The LA India Film Council recently announced a unique online short film competition to encourage creativity and ideas from film students in India and Los Angeles.
LA – India Connect will provide an opportunity to students to showcase their imagination and storytelling ability by making a short film of ten minutes duration based on the ‘Hollywood – Bollywood’ theme.
The winners of the competition, from India and Los Angeles, will each receive a cash prize of USD$1,000 and an opportunity to gain experience with a leading production company.The short film entries will be made available to view on line and the viewers will be able to vote for their favourite film, and the winning film will receive the “Most Popular Film Award”. Additionally, every participant will get an opportunity to generate revenue from their film through Pocket Films, a short film division of 1takemedia.com, India’s leading aggregator and distributor of alternative content.
The competition will be judged by a jury of high-profile film industry representatives from Los Angeles and India, including Shekhar Kapur, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Mahesh Bhatt,Nagesh Kukunoor, D.J Narain – Director, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Ravi Gupta -Dean, Whistling Woods International (WWI), D. Suresh Babu- President, Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce, Dean Teri Schwartz – UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and Steve Weinstein -President & CEO, MovieLabs.