The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India was established on 12 October, 1993. The statute under which it is established is the Protection of Human Rights Act (PHRA), 1993 as amended by the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Act, 2006. The NHRC is an embodiment of India’s concern for the promotion and protection of human rights. The NHRC, India plays an active role in coordinating with other NHRIs of the world to enhance awareness from the perspective of human rights. It has also hosted delegations from UN Bodies and other National Human Rights Commissions as well as members of civil society, lawyers and political and social activists from many countries.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) invites short films for its ‘Short Film Competition – 2021’, which aims at recognizing the creative efforts towards promotion and protection of human rights. The film may be in any technical format. These may be in any Indian language with sub-titles in English or in English. The prize money for the first, second and third best film will be Rs.2 lakh, Rs.1 lakh 50 thousand and 1 lakh respectively. The Commission, in addition to three cash awards, certificates and trophies may also consider giving a Certificate of Special Mention to some films, if so recommended by the jury.
- Theme of the film: Human rights issues*. Each entry should accompany brief theme and synopsis of the film.
- Language of the film: Any Indian language with sub-titles in English or in English.
- Duration of the film: Duration of the short film should not be less than 3 minutes and more than 10 minutes.
- Film format: Short films may be in any form (fiction, documentary, animation etc) shot with any device or camera set-up (in MP4 format, Full HD (1080p) or 1920X1820p). Preferably, the size of the short film being sent for the competition should not be more than 2GB.
- Title & Credits: Each film should depict its title and credits, including the names of the producer, writer and director.
- Jury: A Jury will select the winners.
The themes of short films could be broadly-based on various socioeconomic, cultural and political rights. The film could be a documentary, dramatization of real stories or a work of fiction, in any technical format, including animation, within the ambit of right to life, liberty, equality and dignity and covering issues specific to bonded and child labour, women & children’s rights, rights of elderly persons, disabled rights, manual scavenging, right to healthcare, issues of fundamental freedoms, human trafficking, domestic violence, human rights violation due to police atrocities, custodial violence and torture, socio-economic disparities, rights of indigenous people, prison reforms, right to education, right to clean environment, right to work, right to equality before law, right to food and nutritional security, rights of LGBTI, human rights violation due to displacement on account of either man made or natural calamity, etc
Distribution of Award
The onus will be on the applicant that he/she is the only authorized representative to send the entry for the Award Scheme. In case of the selection of the film for an award, it will be given to the applicant only. The NHRC will, in no way, be responsible for any dispute arising out of it. The NHRC will give the award money through cheque only in the name of the applicant. The award money cheque may be issued in the name of a company or a production house only if it is stated to be so by the applicant in his application form.
Who can Apply?
Any Indian citizen can send his/her entry. There is no bar on the number of films sent by an individual for competing in the NHRC’s Short Film Award Scheme. However, each application should have one film only and films sent once for the NHRC’s competition may not compete again under this scheme of the Commission. The film(s) being sent for this competition should not be on social media platform(s). The applicant should attach his/her identity, such as, Aadhar Card, Voter Identity Card, PAN Card, Driving License or any other valid proof of identity issued by a Government authority.
◆ Entry Fee: There is no entry fee
How to Apply
a) The applicant should have Gmail account with Google drive access.
b) Duly filled-in application form along with requisite documents, Film and its themes and synopsis should be uploaded in the folder of Google drive with title “Short Film Award-2021, ”. The link of the folder of Google drive should be forwarded through Email on NHRC email: – email@example.com (No hard copy of application or DVD/Pen drive is required). The applicant must write his/her complete postal address, telephone and mobile number in the Email.
The entries received after the 15th October, 2021 at 06:00PM, will not be entertained.
For Additional Information
Organizer Information 🇮🇳
National Human Rights Commission, Manav Adhikar Bhawan, Block-C, GPO Complex, INA New Delhi – 110023
- Short Film Competition – 2021 Programme Organized by National Human Rights Commission
- Human rights issues*. Each entry should accompany brief theme and synopsis of the film.
- Short Film Competition – 2021 Programme for Any Indian citizen can send his/her entry