Steven Spielberg’s Amblin’ or Martin Scorsese’s The Big Shave. Lynne Ramsay’s Gasman or Barry Jenkins’ My Josephine. Neeraj Ghaywan’s Juice and Karthik Subbaraj’s Kaatchipizhai. Today, with democratized media and a growing demand for crisper content on personal devices, short films are both a rage and stepping stone.

The Critics’ Choice Short Film Awards are one of a kind. India’s most credible film critics in partnership with the Motion Content Group to laud the inventiveness of this growing medium. With a transparent process to identify worthy winners, these awards aim to recognize the immense creativity of this industry. The awards will be held in Mumbai in December 2018.


The short film format is unique and allows new voices and new stories to emerge. We hope that through the Critics Choice Short Film Awards, we can help to nurture a new generation of filmmakers.

- Anupama Chopra

Credibility in unity. And unity in diversity. All of this is at its strongest when the cream of pan-India critics gather under the Film Critics Guild umbrella– where integrity is the password.

- Bharathi Pradhan

Short film is an affordable and effective medium of expression for young as well as experienced filmmakers. The brilliant work and evolved sensibility being showcased in this genre deserves to be supported and awarded.

- Ajay Bramhatmaj

With the increasing popularity of digital consumption of content, independent filmmakers now have platforms to hone and present their craft while staying within their financial restrictions.

- Sucharita Tyagi

The Film Critics Guild is a unique platform for critics from around the country to come together and put their knowledge and creative minds together to come with with something fruitful.

- Sachin Chatte


The Critics’ Choice Short Film Awards is open ONLY to citizens of India and eligible participants. In cases where multiple parties (residing within and outside of India) are stakeholders in the Short film, either the director or producer must be a citizen and a current resident of India.

A Short Film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of minimum 3 minutes and maximum 30 minutes, including all credits.

The age of the Participant(s) must be minimum 18 years old.

Short Films that have been uploaded to public digital platforms/ OTT and Television platforms or screened/premiered at a film festival during the twelve months preceding the ‘call for entries’ shall alone be considered for the Awards (i.e. Calendar year of October 1st 2017 – October 15th 2018)

All Short Films that are submitted must be shared in their original language with English subtitles. The cost of inclusion of subtitles is the sole responsibility of the Participant(s).

A Short Film excludes from consideration such works as:

  1. Previews and advertising films.
  2. Sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences
  3. Unaired/single episodes of established web and TV series
  4. Unsold Web and TV series pilots
  5. Public Service Announcements, and
  6. Pornography.