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.

The Covid-19 virus pandemic has created an unprecedented situation in the world. The various lock-downs have limited our field of vision to the window, and an eerie silence has taken over the soundscape around us. People have been ill and/or have died, and others who have survived relatively unscathed, are coping with anxieties about their education, profession, and life.

In these difficult times, the internet and the mobile phone have kept us connected, and have facilitated our work, learning, entertainment, and experience sharing online. At the same time they have also highlighted the digital divide between the haves and have-nots in our societies.

In any case, we all have had our own unique experience in the times of the Virus and the Lockdown. Hence, as the World slowly opens up, and regains its foothold on the new normal, it’s time to share these beautiful/ugly/scary/funny/tragic/life-affirming lock-down stories with the rest of the world, as a very short film.

Alpavirama 2020 Online (the fifth edition of a much loved offline biennial short film fest, being held at NID, Ahmedabad, India since 2011, will screen a selected/curated bunch of very short films through a streaming platform, between 6-10 October, 2020.

Certificates of Appreciation will be given to all the selected entries.

Live action/animation/mixed media very short films of minimum 2 minutes running time and not more than 5 minutes long (original production length - no modified/shortened versions) will be eligible to participate in Alpavirama 2020 Online very short film festival.

The subject matter of the very short films should be Covid-19 virus related lock-downs and their human consequences and repercussions.

The very short film(s) produced on or after 1st February 2020 are eligible to apply.

The very short films should have been directed by a young person (under 30 years, at the time of making his/her film).

The director should be is a citizen of and ordinarily resident in any of the Global South countries (excluding Europe, North America and Australia).

The genre of the very short film could be fiction, non-fiction, experimental, music video, etc.

All music used in the very short movies should be either original or rights free.

Films made in languages other than English should have subtitles in English.

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