Maac Saravanampatti proudly presents

Lockdown Short Film Contest

Theme: Life in Lockdown

Date of registration: 20th May 2020

Late date for submission of movie for viewing: 7th June 2020

Contest Results: 22nd June 2020

Registration Form

Do you have a valid bank account?

Rules for Short Film contest


All participants need to register online by visiting ShortFilmRegistration a confirmation mail with the link to upload your work will be received by you.


Only mobile phones are allowed for capturing the short film.

Theme Selection

Film titles to be mentioned within two days from registration. No changes in titles shall be entertained after confirmation.


Anyone can participate. Participants should have a valid postal address, bank account, valid email address and valid mobile number.

Shooting Area

The short film should be made from within the premises of the participant’s residence and the filming of outside environment from within the premises only will be accepted.

Copyright and Trademark Infringement

All content in your film (including story, footage, music, images, properties, etc.) should be your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorized content will be disqualified.

Animated movies are also accepted.

Moral Obligation

Submissions should not hurt any political, religious or regional sentiments.

Involving Animals

While involving characters like animals, birds etc, due exemption should be obtained from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (or any local body dealing with animal welfare) if required.

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee.

Prize Money

First prize: INR. 5000 + 20% discount coupons from MAAC

Second prize: INR. 3000 + 15% coupons from MAAC

Third prize: INR. 2000 + 12% coupons from MAAC

Surprise gifts for all participants

The shortlisted movie will be screened to the participants in our centre or online viewing depending on the covid 19 outcome, the shortlisted movies shall be released on our Facebook & Instagram page.

Winning short film shall be published in our YouTube channel.

Themed Contest

There shall be no deviation from the given contest theme and should be cantered round the topic given.


Content can be disqualified at any stage if it is found to violate any of the rules. Rules are subject to change without prior notice.

Length of a Short Movie

Recommended duration 7 to 10 minutes including title.

Winner Selection

Jury shall be constituted by MAAC and the decision of the jury shall be final. The nominees shall be invited for the award night function and duly honoured.

Prize for winners

The prize money for the winners will be transferred to the bank account of the participant only.

Filming Tips

While filming, make sure that your lighting and sound are good. Make sure that the frame of the camera is up close so that we can see the character clearly.

Dress the part

Use makeup and wardrobe to your advantage. Try to get into the shoes of the character and act the part. Props can be used if needed.

Stand Out

Do the thing that you are best at. If you are good at singing or dancing, make sure to showcase it to the audience. Try to show variations in your voice, pitch and accent if required but do not overdo it.

Set Your Eyeline

Ensure that you maintain a straight eyeline. If the viewers are able to see your eyes, it makes your audience much more engaging.

Video Format

Almost all major video formats are accepted. The following formats are not supported: Apple Intermediate, HDV 720p60, Go2Meeting3 (G2M3), Avid Meridien Uncompressed, Windows Media Audio Lossless, CineForm, SWF.

Video Size

The Video file size shall not exceed 400 MB..


All submissions should be sent on/before the final date, later entries shall not be entertained.

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