Invitation to Submit Short Film

07 Jun 2014 2594 Views




 Prasad Labs, Hyderabad - From 2014 August 22 to 24



Hearty Pranamams to the Embodiments of all Divyatmaas

Ours is a sacred land, land of penance and karma.  The sacred rivers have been perennially flowing on this land. It has proud tall mountain ranges. The ancient tradition and culture have been flourishing on this land. This holy land has excellent weather conditions suitable for the best living conditions of human beings. It is endowed with rich and diversified flora and fauna. It is a land of pious people who have dedicated and lived for the welfare of other human beings. This ancient land has evolved the best practices of lifestyle with a great set of principles and discipline, which is widely known as `Dharma'. It is also known as Sanatana Dharma or Haindava Dharma. The temples have played a pivotal role in flourished and propagating this great Sanatana Dharma.

The temples are like `Aatma' for our Hindu Dharma. We can’t think of Hindu religion without the Temples. The temples have been the centers of all spiritual knowledge, centers of devotion and have been regularly visited by many pious and holy people since the ages. The temples are the foundation for our tradition and culture and they have been the gateway for human civilization since many yugas.

The temples have played a key role in uniting the human beings since ages. Whether to settle any dispute or to take up the holy works of any marriage, it used to take place in the precincts of temples in this holy land. The guilty person used to admit his mistake at temples only. Any pious work began from the temples used to reach out to its ideal conclusion. Such kind of great temples have now come down to dilapidated state with less attention from the rulers and masses. The very existence of our cultural heritage of thousands and thousands of years is being challenged to the state of nonexistence. These rich heritage and knowledge centers that served thehuman beings for many many yugas have been struggling for existence and looking for their revival. It is the duty of each one of us to protect these temples. We all have to give the deserving status to the temples in our society. To save the Hindu culture and traditions in this world, to save the trusts, and to protect the funds of Hindu temples and Mathas, several great personalities have come together and worked hard to float this GLOBAL HINDU HERITAGE FOUNDATION (GHHF) & SAVETEMPLES organization.

It has started working on this gigantic task of protecting the temples and Hindu culture and dharma on this earth.

In this mission, the Board of Directors of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation and the brand ambassador and well-known Ghazal singer Dr. Ghazal Srinivas have decided to hold an SaveTemples International Short Film Festival with an aim to protect, preserve and promote the great temples located all over the world.

Why this Film Festival?

This film festival is a small step in the movement initiated to protect the ancient Hindu dharma in all over the world, for revival of all the dilapidated temples,to protect the holy cow, Vedas and Vedangas, and also to encourage those who are learning the Vedas.

How the short films and documentaries to be screened in this film festival?

The short films should reveal the facets of some ancient truths, the traditional heritage to the knowledge of future generations. They should not criticize other religions and life styles. They can tell the richness of ancient dharma, present the moral and dharmic values of Hindu religion and should be intended to explain the great practices of Hindu dharma to all the mankind through this short films and documentaries. The viewers of these movies should be motivated to work for the protection of temples.

The precautions while making the short films and documentaries

The short films and documentaries can be made for duration of 10 to 12 minutes. They can be made in any Indian language, but should have English sub-titles.

How they would be selected?

The entries sent for the competition would be examined by the Jury members and film festival committees and 40 best entries would be short-listed out of them. They would be screened before the renowned personalities at film festivals to be conducted in USA, UK, Canada, Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, etc.

Who are eligible to participate in this event?

Any male or female persons who have completed 18 years and have creative mind to present their ideas are eligible to participate in this event.

What are the suggested topics to make the short films and documentaries?

  1. Protection of Hindu temples.
  2. The ancient Hindu religion
  3. The Vedas and its glory
  4. Protection of Cows
  5. Mass feeding (Annadanam)
  6. Propagation of Hindu Bhakti
  7. The epics, Puranas and other holy scriptures of Hindu religion
  8. The protection of temple lands, ornaments and other assets
  9. The duties of Priests (Archakas)
  10. The Aarti of holy rivers
  11. The Sevadal of temples, etc.

Any issue on temples like the ancient Devanagari script on temples to rich and diversified culture of Hindu culture, which presents the past glory of temples and how temples are integral part of Hindu society, can be topics for short films and documentaries.

When would the first film festival be conducted?

The first SaveTemple International Short and Documentary Film Festival will be conducted at Prasad Labs in Hyderabad from August 22 to 24, 2014. The 40 short films and documentaries short-listed in this film festival would be screened in film festivals to be conducted all over the world.

The Rules and Regulations to take part in this film festival.

The SaveTemples organization holds all the rights over the short film or documentary selected in this competition.

The short films and documentaries not selected in this event would be uploaded into SaveTemples – You Tube channel. NO one should raise any objection for this.

The films prepared after 2010 are only eligible for this event.

Those films, which already got award in any earlier film festival, should not be sent as entries for this film festival.

The Short film made in HD format (1920X1080) and properly edited should only be sent for this film festival.

The duration of short film should not cross more than 10 to 12 minutes.

The Short Films and Documentaries in the period in between 2010 and 2014 should only be sent for the competition. The well-known jury members would select the best films to be given award prizes.

The short film or documentary sent for screening or selected cannot be taken back.

The last day for sending the entries.

Those who are desirous to send their short films and documentaries should reach us by July 24, 2014.

We will shortlist the best 40 documentary films and will intimate the same to the contenders by 10th Aug 2014.

The Methodology for sending the entries

1.Your personal details, the content of your documentary or short film should be explained in an Entry Form and the person who submits the entry should duly sign it.

2.The film should be in MP4 format and two DVDs must be sent to us. The English sub-tiles are compulsory for all the entries. The film should precede with title, name of the director, the duration etc. You should mention that the DVD sent by you is a final cut.

3.The mail cover should be super-scribed as ``ONLY FOR CULTURAL PURPOSE –

4. The Application, DVDs and relevant documents should be sent on the following address.,
Flat No. 44, Symphony Dwellings Apartment, Anand Nagar, Khairatabad,
Hyderabad – 500004, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.

The Film Festival Committee

1. ``Lakshmana Rekha'' Sri N Gopalakrishna, Chairman
2. Sri K Satish Kumar, Director
3. Sri V V Maheshwara Rao, Coordinator.

Awards and Rewards

Those selected in this competition would be presented with awards, rewards, medals and certificates

The Best Film would get a cash award of Rs One Lakh and a Golden Cow

  1. The 2nd Best Film would get Rs Seventy Five thousand cash award and Silver Gomatha
  2. The 3rd Best Film will get Rs Fifty thousand cash award and bronze Gomatha
  3. Five additional consolation cash prizes of Rs.2,500 each will also be given away to selected filmmakers.
The Prizes will be given in following categories

Special awards will be given for the categories of Best Director, Best Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing and Creative Concepts.

NOTE: More details on rules and regulations, the criteria for competition entries can be had through Post. The organizers have final say in this event and will no entertain for any disputes.

The application can be downloaded from our website or can be obtained in person from our office.

Flat No. 44, Symphony Dwellings Apartment, Anand Nagar, Khairatabad,
Hyderabad – 500004, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
Phone: +91 90008 96096

E Mail :

Film festival website: http:/

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GHHF Board of Directors:
Prakasarao Velagapudi PhD, ( cell), ( home); (; ); (); (); (); TulasichandTummala(); (); (); (); (); (); (); (); Murali Alloju MD (703-953-1122); Veeraiah Choudary Perni MD (330-646-8004); Vishnu Kalidindi MD; Srivas Chebrolu MD; Avadesh Agarwal; and Dr. Ghazal Srinivas, Honorary Brand Ambassador.

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