SHOOT For Legal Awareness -SFLA -2020 is the third edition of SFLA - India's first and only short film festival on Legal Awareness. SFLA is organized by Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority in technical collaboration with GPR Strategies and Solutions (a Non Profit Organization in India). The festival aims at spreading legal awareness through creative visual story telling. It started with a small experiment in 2016. The very first season saw entries from all across India. Its second season in 2018 received more than 450 entries from 52 countries. Top 30 films were screened in a gala festival, in the presence of more than 6000 people. This year the festival topics are : 1. Human Trafficking, 2. Child Rights - Child Labour & Right to Education, 3. Drug Deaddiction and Rehabilitation of Drug Abuse Victims, 4. Cyber Crime. Date 21-22 MARCH 2020 at Bilaspur, Seat of Hon'ble High Court of Chhattisgarh, Duration : For Short Film Category --5 to 10 minutes, For Super Shorts Category - Upto 45 Seconds . Last Date for submissions - 02-03-2020. Awards of more than Rs.5,00,000 under 22 award categories, Recognition to all submissions, For details call 9111189999., E mail :, Organized by Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority. Visit : Festival Director - Mr. Siddharth Agrawal, Member Secretary CGSLSA , Technical Lead : Mr. Rex Mehta, GPR Strategies and Solutions

Award Certificates and SFLA 2020 Trophies will be given away to the selected entries in following categories.
1. BEST SHORT Film in Hindi, English and Other Indian Languages Rs.100000-1
2. BEST SHORT Film in Chhattisgarhi Rs.100000-1
3. Second BEST SHORT Film in Hindi, English and Other Indian Languages Rs.51000-1
4. Second BEST SHORT Film in Chhhattisgarhi Rs.51000-1
5. BEST SHORT Film submitted by SLSAs and DLSAs No Cash Prize-1
6. Second BEST SHORT FILM submitted by SLSAs and DLSAs No Cash Prize -1.(CGSLSA Bilaspur shall NOT be considered for applicants in this category)
7. BEST SUPER SHORTS -1 Rs. 21000,
8. Super Shorts First Runner Up -1, Rs.11000
9. Super Shorts Second Runner Up – 1, Rs.5100
10. Special Jury Award -5 Films from Competition and Non Competition Categories Rs.20000 each film
11. Special Jury Recognitions 2 Films from No Borders segment for International Entries. SFLA 2020 No Borders Recognitions as BEST SHORT FILM and FIRST RUNNER UP with No Cash Prize.
12. Individual Categories : Artist Male, Artist Female, Child Artist, Script, Dialogue, Direction, Cinematography, Music / BGM, Editing, Legal Input : Recognition and Cash Prize of Rs. 10000 each.

There is no inter connection between the number of thematic areas identified for the festival AND the number of award categories. Award categories are specifically mentioned herein. It implies that no such interpretation be made that each subject shall create first prize in its own category, rather it is clarified here that the decision of awards and positions shall consider all the entries against their merit and relevance to contribution in the area of connected legal awareness.

Please visit and download the Information Brochure and see Section 15 for Rules and Regulations .

*******RULES & TERMS************
1. Any number of entries are accepted in ALL the categories.
2. Entries must be sent as per the Registration Process entailed in this Information Brochure as published on
3. Registration Form can be downloaded from Only the entries accompanied by duly filled and signed Registration Form shall be considered for evaluation by the jury. Separate forms shall be required for more than 1 entry.
4. Mere receipt of the entries shall not be assumed to be acceptance for evaluation or screening.
5. Entries passed by the Jury for screening and competition shall be informed through email / phone / sms to the contestants. The same shall also be exhibited on the website
6. Films in ALL COMPETITION Categories must comply the following :
a. Films must be Short Film with minimum duration of 5 minutes and maximum duration of 10 minutes including the credit roll AND in Super Shorts Category the maximum duration is accepted at 45 seconds.
b. They must have been released/produced by Indian Nationals only. Entries sent by Foreign Nationals may be considered for special screening or mention in the official document of SFLA subject to approval by Festival Director.
c. In the case of co-productions, the applying producers/production companies/teams must have the right to sanction the participation of the film in competition in the Festival and authority to receive award, if any is won. Any contradiction to this and violation related thereto will not put any liability on the festival or its organizers or any supporting body.
d. Entries sent for SFLA 2016 and SFLA 2018 shall not be entertained for SFLA 2020.
7. Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by SFLA organisers.
8. The decisions of the jury will be taken in an unbiased way. The organizers and technical collaborators of the festival can attend the deliberations of the jury but shall neither participate nor vote.
9. No person in any way connected with any of the entries whether or not in competition category, will be a member of the jury.
10. Films entered in the contest and festival are subject to automatic consent and approval from the contestants for screening the entries on legal awareness drives, television, cinema halls, web media, OTT platforms with or without conditional access including but not limited to whatsapp and youtube for spreading legal awareness by CGSLSA or any other body approved for the purpose by CGSLSA.
11. SFLA will not reimburse any cost incurred by the contestants in making of the film, storage device including the submitted pen drive, freight and courier , travel to attend the festival or any other head incidental to enter the film in this festival. Transportation and insurance costs of Pen Drives, related documents, photographs and publicity materials shall be borne by the applicant.
12. SFLA or CGSLSA claims no sole screening and exhibition right over the entered films. Contestants are free to send the entries to other platforms or screen them as per their discretion. Any screening or entry of the same film for any other platform including media and broadcasting, if bears reference to SFLA / CGSLSA , must be done with prior consent for the same from CGSLSA Bilaspur (C.G.)
13. Entries sent in all formats shall not be returned to the contestants, even if not screened or selected for competition.
14. Films found not eligible for Competition Category may also be included for Special Jury Award and may be approved for screening discretionarily by Festival Director.
15. Selection of films / videos for SFLA 2020 will be done by a committee whose decision will be final. However, Festival Authorities reserve the right to accept or reject any film that is likely to offend sentiments, feelings or sensibilities of any caste, community, religion and sect or is likely to promote racism or ill will in the society OR is objectionable OR is against public interest. In such cases the decision of CGSLSA will be final and overriding the decision of Jury.
16. Any effort to influence the decision of the Jury shall disqualify the entries and bar the contestants from entering the contest and festival for next 3 years.
17. SFLA 2020 and CGSLSA would be allowed to use all photographs including those taken during the festival, and publicity materials received along with the Entry and the same will not be returned to the entrants.
18. Each entry shall be accompanied by a 90 seconds excerpt video or promo with major credits. The same shall be used for publicity of the festival.
19. Entry Forms with incorrect / inadequate / illegible / ambiguous particulars will not be considered.
20. Pen Drives submitted for selection will be considered as final and no changes will be entertained after submission. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to submit Pen Drives without any physical / quality defects. However in few rare cases, SFLA may request the applicant to re-edit few parts , video or sound enhancement in order to make the entries eligible for contest and/or screening.
21. CGSLSA assumes automatic consent of the producer / authorized rights owner / contestant to re-edit the film for specific purpose and use it later, after the festival. This will also be applied on the entries not selected or screened.
22. At least one of the producer/s or the contestant will have to be present during screening and award ceremony. Contestants of selected entries shall be informed for the same over phone and email.
23. Films not presenting sufficient technical qualities for good public screening can be refused after checking of the prints by the Screening Committee .
24. Once entered, films can not be withdrawn from participation at SFLA 2020 under any circumstances. Pen Drives and other materials submitted will not be returned.
25. By submitting film to SFLA, filmmaker/producer/submitter takes the whole responsibility of copyright issues of music, script and other creative and technical aspects of film. He/she accepts the responsibility for the accuracy of the information supplied and authorizes SFLA to reproduce & use personal/company's contact information as supplied. The applicant/submitter confirms that he / she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer / right holder/concerned authorities to enter, screen, promote and publicize the film in SFLA and make available the print for screening. SFLA is not responsible /answerable to any copyright/legal issues regarding submitted film.
26. CGSLSA and the SFLA organizing body may change the dates of the competition, schedule of screening, venue of screening, date of award ceremony as per convenience OR may cancel the entire activity of organizing the short film festival. In any such conditions SFLA team and CGSLSA shall not be liable for any damage claims from any concerned party for whatsoever reason.
27. Filmmakers/delegates of short listed films will be invited to attend the festival. However, the festival will not arrange or reimburse for travel / stay expenses of the participants attending the festival and/or screening and/or award ceremony.
28. In case of any difference of understanding in Hindi and English versions of the Information Brochure , the version in English shall be referred for final interpretation. However CGSLSA retains the right to modify, amend, change, cancel any or all rules mentioned in the brochure even after the publication of the same without giving any intimation to the connected parties.
29. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations as mentioned from clause 1 to 28 in this segment.