Oman-India Short Film Festival in August

MUSCAT: Embassy of India, Muscat, in association with Oman Film Society and Kalamandalam, Muscat, will be organising an Oman-India Short Film Festival 2018 on August 8-10, as part of year-long celebration of 70 years of India’s Independence, which commenced on August 15, 2017 and concludes on August 15. This is for the first time that an Indo-Oman Short Film Festival is being organised in Oman, with participation of Indian and Omani film-makers. It is hoped that such a festival will become an important milestone in cultural relations between the two countries and will strengthen the bonds of friendship between the people of India and Oman.
The festival is open to short films produced in English, Arabic or in any other Indian language. However, non-English short films must have English subtitles. The aim of this festival is also to motivate and encourage short film-makers in Oman. It is, therefore, required that most scenes of the short film should have been cinematographed in Oman, except a few unavoidable scenes. Short films should have been directed by an Indian expatriate residing in Oman, or an Omani national. The length of films must be from 5 minutes to 15 minutes (including titles).
The film should have been produced or completed after December 31, 2015. Last date of submission of entries is July 15.
The Indian Embassy in Muscat has been organising a series of cultural, economic and community events as part of celebration of 70 years of India’s Independence, including dance and music performances, essay and quiz competitions, exhibition of paintings, seminars and workshops with a view to highlight the journey of India as a nation since its Independence in 1947. Indians have also resolved to build, by August 2022, when India will celebrate 75 years of Independence, a New India, which will be clean and free of corruption, poverty, terrorism, communalism, and casteism.
A five-member Indo-Omani jury, comprising three renowned jurists based in Oman and two celebrity jurists from India, will judge the films. Pre-screening of entries will be held on August 8-9 at Oman Film Society Theatre.
Cash award, certificate and memento will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Short Film RO 500, Best Child Short Film (Under-19 category) RO 300, Best Director, Best Actor Male, Best Actor Female, Best Cinematographer and Best Screenplay RO 250 each, Best Child Director, Best Child Actor Male, Best Child Actor Female, Best Child Cinematographer, and Best Child Screenplay RO 150 each. The award ceremony will be held on August 10, Friday, at the Indian Embassy Auditorium, which will also comprise performances by Indian and Omani artists.