Alpavirama is comma in Sanskrit - a precious pause - a brief stretch of time reclaimed for reflection and repose.

There is something intrinsically special about short films. Short films are like life itself, with multiple colours and nuances, each transient yet for ever. With the advent of low-cost, hi-tech,user-friendly digital video technology and internet ecosystems, filmmaking has become much more accessible. It is now possible for anyone interested (especially the young) to make their own short films, based on community ideas and local production but for a potentially global audience.

At the Film & Video Communication department in the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, we have been promoting short filmmaking for over quarter of a century. Our alumni/alumnae occupy important creative positions in the moving image industry, in India and abroad. Thus it’s natural that we play an active role in establishing a credible exhibition platform for short films – especially those given life by the under-30 youth, in these disparate yet uniquely alike lands of Asia. Alpavirama 2011, 2014 and 2016 editions were significant steps in that direction, focusing on Asia. Alpavirama 2018, the fourth edition, should see us further consolidate and celebrate the vibrant Asian spirit, and the diverse yet converging flavours of Asian Cinema in all its short form glory.

Four major (The Golden & Silver Commas, Fiction and The Golden & Silver Commas, Documentary) awards will be given out at the end of the Asian Competition, carrying a cash component as well as a trophy. Special Mention Certificates may also be given, at the sole discretion of the Jury. All films selected for the Asian Competition will get a Certificate of Participation.

Short fiction and documentary films, not-less-than 5 minutes and not-more-than 30 minutes long (original production length - no modified versions will be entertained), will be eligible to participate in the Alpavirama 2018 Asian Competition Section. The film(s) should have been produced on or after 1st August, 2016 and should have been directed by a young person (under 30 years, at the time of making his/her film), who is a citizen of and ordinarily resident in any of the Asian countries. The subject matter of the film should also broadly deal with Asia, the land and its people, and their lives. Films made in languages other than English should have subtitles in English.

Animation films are not eligible to participate in Alpavirama 2018.

Submission Date: Last date for receiving the completed entry form, along with the preview material (DVDs/online download link) is 2nd July, 2018 (Monday). In case of the preview copy of the submitted short fiction/documentary being available online for download and/or viewing, the filled and signed entry form can also be scanned and emailed to, along with digital copies of film & director stills, by 2nd July, 2018 (Monday). In all such cases no physical material needs to be additionally couriered / posted.

Selected Films: Each film selected for the Asian Competition will be screened at least once during the festival. The Asian Competition Jury would comprise of eminent individuals selected from the fields of cinema, arts, culture and academics, from India and Asia.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for having me, Alpavirama 2018!

    November 2018
  • Morteza Abbasian

    Every thing was great. I'm gonna miss those lovely people a lot.

    November 2018
  • Soroush Helali

    An unforgettable experience, another level of hospitality and ofcourse a very professional environment!

    November 2018
  • Gopikrishnan H

    A simple, beautiful and enriching experience, especially for a beginner in film making...

    November 2018
  • Aram Gharibyan

    Pretty good. Thank you very much Alpavirama!

    November 2018