IDPA Award

The premier body of documentary and short film makers in India, the IDPA (Indian Documentary Producers’ Association) is celebrating its 64th year of existence. It’s one of the oldest and most prestigious of film associations having been guided since its birth in 1956 by a galaxy of member filmmakers and producers from Satyajit Ray, Paul Zils, Shyam Benegal, Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Manmohan Shetty, Vijaya Muley, Aruna Raje Patil, Mike Pandey and others, many of whom started their careers with short films & documentaries.

The IDPA is the single largest association of producers of Documentaries, Advertising films, Animation films, Short Fiction Films and TV programmes. In the 64 years of its existence, IDPA has worked in the interest of documentary and short film makers by providing a paltform for the short filmmaking fraternity.

The digital revolution especially smart phones have today liberated filmmaking, opening up exploration of both theme and content in dramatic new ways and spurring tremendous growth which has resulted in exponential increase in the number of film makers.

IDPA’s main concern today is to promote Independent Short & Documentary Film making in the country & provide a platform geared towards achieving that end by recognising and rewarding the talent of the Indian short film maker, whatever maybe the discipline of communication.

An exemplification of the essence of the association is the 13th IDPA Film Awards for Excellence 2020. The Call for Entries is now official. The IDPA Awards for Excellence is the only competition in India where the documentary and short film-making community recognises the work of its peers.

The Awards will be announced and presented at an event on May 23rd 2020 in Mumbai.

Awards shall be given for the Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction, Best Animation Film, Best Commercial/Ad Film, Best Film on Climate Change, Best Public Service Film, Best film on Women’s empowerment, Best Short Film made on a mobile phone, Best film on wildlife, Best International film & Best Student Film amongst other categories. There shall also be Technical Awards for Best Editing, Sound Design, Script, Cinematography & Vfx.

Please click here to submit your excellent films online…..

Schedule of IDPA Award

  • The last date for receipt of entries is 18th April 2020.
  • Late entries will be accepted up to 1st May 2020 only on payment of a late fee as specified in the schedule of entry fees.
  • The results of the 13th IDPA Awards 2020 will be announced and awards conferred at a public function on the 23rd of May 2020 in Mumbai.

Film Categories 

There is a separate fee for every category you tick as per the schedule in the form.

1) Documentary Film

Documentary (up to 30 minutes)

Documentary (over 30 minutes)

2) Short Fiction Film

(up to 60 minutes)

3) Animation Film

(Any length)

4)Shamiana IDPA Award

for Films Made On

Mobile Phones

(up to 5 minutes)

5) Gyalwang Drukpa

Award for Public

Service Film

(up to 5 minutes)

6) The ONGC Award for Films On Climate Change

Theme for 2020 Weather & its unpredictability   (Any length)

7) Films on Wildlife &

Environment

(Any length)

 

8) Corporate Film

(up to 30 minutes)

 

9) Vijaya Mulay Awards

for Films on Women’s

Empowerment

Any Genre (up to 30 minutes)

 

10) AWARD FOR TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE

Documentary Film

Fiction Film Animation Film Advertising & Corporate Film

Camera

Camera

Animator

Camera

Sound

Sound Sound

Sound

Script Script Script

Script

Editing

 Editing

  Editing

  Editing

VFX & CG

VFX & CG VFX & CG

VFX & CG

11) INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES

Documentary Film

Short Fiction Film Animation Film

Documentary

(UPTO 30 minutes)

Short Film

(UPTO 30 minutes)

Animation Film

(UPTO 30 minutes)

Documentary

(OVER 30 minutes)

Short Film

(UPTO 60 minutes)

Animation Film

(UPTO 60 minutes)

12) STUDENT FILMS

Documentary Film

Short Fiction Film

Animation Film

Documentary

(UPTO 30 minutes)

Short Film

(UPTO 30 minutes)

Animation Film

(UPTO 30 minutes)

Documentary

(OVER 30 minutes)

Short Film

(UPTO 60 minutes)

Animation Film

(UPTO 60 minutes)

Schedule of IDPA Award

  • Any film or video produced after 1st April 2016 is eligible for entry. For Student entries, films produced from 1st January 2017 are eligible.
  • The last date for receipt of entries is 18th April 2020. Late entries will be accepted up to 1st MAY 2020 only on payment of a late fee as specified in the schedule of entry fees.
  • Entries to be submitted ONLY via secure preview link.
  • All films, other than those in English, must have English subtitles.
  • Valid ID Cards and a letter from the Institute must be attached as proof of current year of study for all Student categories. Any entry not complying with the same will be disqualified.
  • Every title entered will require a separate entry form.
  • All entry fees should be submitted online through our payment gateway on the IDPA website www.idpaindia.org
  • Any entry with breaks / recap in between will not be accepted. Films must be in running length with no interruptions.
  • Films can be entered ONLY by the Producer / Production House / Academic Institutions. Entries by other technicians will only be for technical awards with due NOC from the producer of the film.
  • The responsibility for completion of the entry form rests with the entrant. Incomplete entry forms will not be entertained. IDPA will accept all details as attested by the entrant as final and true.
  • Films that have won the IDPA Awards in previous years are not eligible for entering the same film again. Falsification of details could lead to the disqualification of the entry.
  • Filmmakers submitting their film/films will have to ensure that copyright /intellectual property rights are with them.
  • No trailers or promos will be accepted as entries in the animation category.

 

Please include the following attachments with the Entry Form in soft copy.

  • 50 & 200-word synopsis of the film
  • Two stills from the film
  • Vertical Format Photograph of Director of the film
  • 50 & 100-word Biography and Filmography of the Director
  • If nominated, the filmmaker shall provide with a high resolution copy of the film labelled clearly and must contain the film title.
  • Minimum 10 sec promo of every film entered is mandatory
  • All pictures / photographs need to be in printable resolution ~ (300 dpi)
  • All entries must be sent online.

 

ANY OF THE ABOVE NOT COMPLIED WITH, CAN LEAD TO DISQUALIFICATION OF THE ENTRY.

The Judgement

Juries appointed by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association will judge each category of the IDPA Awards. The Jury has the right to disqualify any entry not meeting award standards. The decision of each jury shall be final and binding on all entrants.

The organizer may choose to disqualify any entry that fails to meet the terms stated above. Minimum 5 or more entries per category are for jury validation. Insufficient entries in any category will invalidate judging of that category by a jury. The entry fees for such categories will be refunded.

Entry Fees

Regular ENTRY fees Up to 18th April 2020 Professional Student International Entries
Fees per entry Member Non-Member Member Non-Member Regular
First Entry of Title 1000 1500 500 600 $30
Additional Entries of
same Title /Film
700 1000 200 300 $15

 

Late ENTRY fees Up to 1st May 2020 Professional Student International Entries
Fees per entry Member Non-Member Member Non-Member Regular
First Entry of Title 1100 1650 550 650 $40
Additional Entries of
same Title /Film
800 1100 250 350 $20

*(Please make a note that applicable service charges for online payment will be levied on the total fees)