The Best of India Festival has been established by ShortsTV to honor and recognize exceptional work of the Indian (India) filmmaker. It is the goal to raise the artistic awareness of these filmmakers to the Hollywood film community and open doors for possible television deals and other opportunities to benefit the short filmmaker including qualification for Academy Award consideration.

ShortsTV, The Short Movie Channel will award prizes totaling $2,500 to the top five short films chosen in this year’s Best of India festival. The five top films will also receive a screening in Los Angeles, CA for seven days and gain Academy Award Qualification status. Every film entered will be considered for a television broadcast deal (filmmakers do not have to accept).

Entries shall only include “narrative” live action short films with a Total Running Time of 40 minutes or less where either the writer, director or producer is from India and the film’s *final form is in High Definition (HD) or DCP.
** Tech Specs for High Definition Source Profile
If the short film originally shot on film, please deliver one HD master file in the following format:
■ Apple ProRes 422 HQ or Uncompressed. (NOT ACCEPTED: Apple Pro Res H264).
■ VBR expected at ≥220 Mbps
■ 1920 x 1080square pixel aspect ratio material.
■ Native frame rate of original source:
❏ 24 or 25 progressive frames per second
❏ 23.976 progressive frames for inverse telecine sourced from film
❏ Telecine materials will not be accepted
■ HD source may be delivered matted: letterbox or pillar box.