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 "...if you're able to portray universal feelings, universal relations, emotions, and characters, you can cross certain barriers and reach out to others..." Satyajit Ray
The call for submissions is now open | ENTRY DEADLINE Friday 04 March 2016

FREE Entry: there is no entry fee for this competition.

Film Content: The film, of no more than 20 minutes, running time should express and inform aspects of the experiences of South Asians (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) either within their own countries or the Diaspora. All submissions must have been completed within two years prior to the closing date. Previous submitted entries are ineligible.

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Format: While films may be shot on any standard format (film or digital), all entries for consideration should be submitted via a password-protected VIMEO upload with an invite sent to

Alternatively a DVD sent to the London Indian Film Festival's administrative address found on the downloadable form.


Shortlisted Films: The entries selected and shortlisted will be screened in a special programme during the London Indian Film Festival in July 2016.

Winner: £1000 for the Winning Film - The award will be presented, and the winning film screened, at the London Indian Film Festival’s closing night gala in July 2016.

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Satyajit Ray Short Film Award | KHARGOSH

The festival’s Satyajit Ray Short Film Award in association with the Bagri Foundation was won by Sudarshan Suresh’s film Khargosh (Rabbit), he said:

"I was thrilled to simply be selected to screen in the company of such talented filmmakers and amazing films, but to be recognized with this award is an incredible honour. My heartfelt thanks to the Jury, and the amazing organizers and volunteers that make LIFF what it is. I'm indebted to my writer, my cast and crew and my family for their tireless support. We hope to be back at LIFF again with our future work! Thank you!"



Lebara Play Audience Award | NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival’s Lebara Play Audience Award was won by by sleeper festival super-hit Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Let's Dance to the Rhythm), directed by Bardroy Barretto, a film about Goan Jazz and its impact on Hindi film music. The film was so popular with audiences that additional screenings had to be added at Cineworld cinemas during the festival, to cope with demand. Aditya Thakur, CEO of sponsor Lebara Play, said:

“The Audience Award is unique because it’s voted for by the viewers, so congratulations to Nachom-ia Kumpasar. We’re particularly proud to sponsor this award because our new entertainment service, Lebara Play, is all about meeting the needs of an underserved audience, so they can enjoy thousands of movies they miss and love – including the films of ICON Award winner Mani Ratnam – anytime, anywhere.”



ICON Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema | MANI RATNAM

The festival’s inaugural ICON Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema from Sun Mark Ltd, was won by Tamil director Mani Ratnam, who has revolutionised the face of pan-Indian cinema, with films in multiple languages. Ratnam commented:

“I am honoured and humbled to receive this icon award. I think that Indian cinema is at the threshold of a new era, and The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is a showcase for this next generation. I am sure that future awards will be won by some of the bright young talent that is coming up.”

Sponsoring the ICON Award, Sun Mark Ltd CEO Harmeet 'Sunny' Ahuja stated:

“Sun Mark is delighted to further recognise the talent and achievements in film. Our ICON Award was chosen for the living legend, Mr Mani Ratnam. He is a most recognised and respected director and is known for tackling difficult subjects, which might otherwise be conveniently swept under the carpet. We congratulate him for his incredible contribution to international cinema, which has made him a true icon.”



Pure Heaven Outstanding Young Talent Award | SURAJ SHARMA

Delhi born actor Suraj Sharma, whose lead role in film Umrika helmed the festival, was the recipient of the festival’s Outstanding Young Talent Award, presented by the festival’s major sponsor Pure Heaven. Following on from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, actor Suraj Sharma was lauded by the festival audience for his controlled lead performance in the Sundance winner Umrika. Sharma commented on winning the festival’s award:

"The festival has been so kind, awarding me it’s first outstanding young actor award and opening the festival with our film Umrika! The response for our film has been better than we could ever imagine. My gratitude goes out to the festival for doing such a great job!"



Spirit of Inspiration Award from Sun Mark | MANISHA KOIRALA

For her outstanding work in supporting the earthquake appeal in Nepal, Manisha Koirala was awarded the Sun Mark Ltd Spirit of Inspiration Award. Presented at a glittering gala at Grange Hotels St Paul’s, an event to raise much needed funds to rebuild homes in earthquake torn Nepal. Manisha herself has been in the thick of this, working tirelessly to help, where the critical challenge is to shelter the homeless before the winter. This event raised funds for UK registered charity Indian Ocean Disaster Relief Fund (IODR). Sponsor Sunny Ahuja of Sun Mark stated:

“We admire Manisha’s work in cinema where she was known for taking on difficult roles and her support for social causes and for those who have no voice and whose message needs to be spread.”



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