Carnival Cinemas and 8secondz to Launch One of the India’s Biggest Short Film Festival in a Bid to Discover the Nation’s Next Movie Stars


The hunt is on for India’s emerging short filmmakers, directors and actors

Films can be 8, 16 and 32 seconds long and need to address the themes of love or discrimination

The winning films will be screened nationally through Carnival Cinemas 470 screens

Carnival Cinemas is launching the 8secondz Short Film Festival in a bid to discover India’s next great filmmakers, directors and actors and showcase their talents to the nation.

8secondz – One of the Worlds Biggest Short Film Festival

In what is dubbed India’s biggest short film festival, films have to be either 8 seconds, 16 seconds or 32 seconds in duration and deal with one of two themes: love or discrimination.

If you’re a budding filmmaker, this is the chance of a lifetime to be discovered! Simply download the 8secondz app, create or upload your film to the festival and you’ll be in the running to win,” says 8secondz Global CEO Tom Godfrey.

We have chosen love and discrimination as the two themes we want filmmakers to tackle this year. After years of dealing with the pandemic, we felt encouraging people to showcase love and working to put an end to discrimination will help inspire the nation.”

Filmmakers will have until March to enter their film through the 8secondz app, before the jury which includes Anuraj Manohar, A C Balaji, Sarath Raj, Shikthan Madathil and Santhosh Puthan, will decide winners in the following categories:

Best 8 second film

Best 16 second film

Best 32 second film

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Best Director

Best Original Soundtrack

Best Film (People’s Choice) – decided by most votes in the app

Entries are welcome across a range of movie genres including Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, Sandalwood and Mollywood. The winning films will be screened nationally through Carnival Cinemas 470 screens.

Whether you want to be the next Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh or Priyanka Chopra, we want to help you showcase your talent and be discovered,” Godfrey says.

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