Rules & Regulations:

Maitreya Organization is organizing “I exist short film contest 2016-2016” for which entries are open to all International, national and regional films. The entry of the contest will be divided into the following categories:

  • Student Shorts
  • Professional Shorts
  • Feature Films

Duration and Sub-categories of films for Student shorts & Professional Shorts categories:

S.No. Film Type Duration
1 Short Film Duration should be maximum 45 minutes or less
2 Animation Short Duration should be maximum 45 minutes or less.
3 Documentary Duration should be maximum 45 minutes or less.
4 Social Awareness Duration should be maximum 45 minutes or less.
5 Duration and Sub Categories for Feature Films category.
6 Fiction Duration should be maximum 45 minutes or less.
7 Feature Documentary Duration should be maximum 45 minutes or less.


Various Cash Awards and Trophies will be delivered to the finalized participants by the jury panel, in Respective categories. All the winners must claim the awards within one month after the completion of the successful event.


Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in a language other than English must have subtitles in English. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are required, shall not be screened at the Festival. All films should be without any watermark and advertisement.

Deadlines for submission of films are as follows :

Early bird Till 20th may 2016
Regular 1st April – 1st June 2016
Late Deadline 20th June 2016

No submission will be considered complete until the non-refundable entry fee has been paid:

Entry Fee per Film Category:

1). Student Shorts Category:

Early bird Rs 800/- OR US$ 15
Regular Rs 900/- OR US$ 17
Late Deadline Rs 1000/- OR US$ 20

2). Professional Shorts Category:

Early bird Rs 2000/- OR US$ 35
Regular Rs 2200/- OR US$ 37
Late Deadline Rs 2400/- OR US$ 40

3). Feature Film Category:

Early bird Rs 3500/- OR US$ 57
Regular Rs 3700/- OR US$ 60
Late Deadline Rs 4000/- OR US$ 62
Payment Method for Entry fees Submission:

a). Participant can pay through any of below options

  • Pay Through PayPal:- For participants not paying In Indian rupee & not using Indian credit/debit card.You can directly pay using your credit/debit card (You don’t need to create any PayPal account if you do not have one)
  • Pay Through Payumoney (Secured Payment Gateway):- For participants paying In Indian rupee & using Indian credit/debit card.You can create payumoney account and pay in few seconds by going to the “I exist short film contest 2016” payment link given during submission steps while you are finally submitting your film at  “submit film now” tab.

b) Participant can make payment through Cheque / Demand Draft:

  • Participant can make payment through Cheque / Demand Draft in favor of “Maitreya “payable at Jaipur. The Cheque/D.D can be sent through courier along with film DVD & press kit or can be deposited locally to the bank account number given in Section (c) below.

c) Participant can send payments through Net banking / Electronic Transfer to:
Bank Details:

    A/c. No. : 4079000100040032
    Account Name : MAITREYA
    IFSC Code : PUN0407900



The Film Contest is being organized by the Maitreya Organization. The purpose of this film Contest is to promote new movie makers, exchange of knowledge, information, ideas & culture between India & other nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos. Maitreya Organization also promotes friendship and co-operation among people of the world through the medium of films & documentaries.

Though the film festivals have become a regular affair in most countries yet most of them cater only to selected audience as well as entertain the commercially successful filmmakers and related personalities. However, Maitreya Organization intends to organize a contest that connects the film fans &movie goers with the world, especially the serious filmmaker & their associates so as to bring about a greater understanding of the art of film making.

Please write on the courier / post : “For selection/cultural purposes only, no commercial value”. Maitreya Organization will not bear freight or any other charges for unsolicited films, Videos, DVD sent to it if these are not selected for screening at the Festival.Participants can send multiple entries. However, please submit a separate submission form and entry fee for each film.Once the film is shortlisted for festival screening/competition entry,We will ask you to send publicity material by Courier Services or through agents in India, the concerned Courier Service/agent should be instructed to deliver the material directly to the office of the Festival Directorate in Jaipur. The Festival Director shall not be responsible for any material that is diverted to some other city in India. Send us the screening copy.We will send you the detailed instructions regarding screening format.

Once entered, films may not be withdrawn from participation at “I exist short film contest 2016” under any circumstances.DVDs and other materials submitted will not be returned.

By submitting the film to “I exist short film contest 2016”, filmmaker/producer/submitter  takes the complete responsibility of copyright issues of music, script and other creative and specialized areas of the film. He/she accepts the responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of the info provided and authorizes “I exist short film contest 2016”, to replicate & use personal/company’s contact information as provided. The applicant/submitter confirms that he/she has the essential power or has obtained the requisite authority from the  producer / right holder/concerned authorities to get into,  screen and publicize the film in “I exist short film contest 2016”  and make available the print for screening. “I exist short film contest 2016” is not responsible /answerable to any copyright/legal issues regarding submitted film.

Notification of selected films will be announced on website/social media platforms as per schedule (tentative date- 30th JULY 2016) . However, the festival committee reserves the right to change the dates, accept or refuse any film without assigning any reason whatsoever.

Filmmakers/delegates of shortlisted films will be asked to attend the event. However,the festival won’t arrange or reimburse for travel / stay expenses of the participants attending the festival.

Festival Organizers, programmers and jury panel shall determine selections and award winners at their sole discretion. The decision of the “I exist short film contest 2016” festival authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned previously will be final and can’t be challenged.

Though we are doing our best efforts & management to screen chosen films with topmost commercial quality through the event, we cannot assure a commercial cinema hall display or effects, as screening may be organized within an auditorium (which is, of course, suitable for world class events).

 Shipping and delivery and Insurance: All costs in accordance with the delivery of the film, publicity, promotional and photographic material to and from the  “I exist short film contest 2016” will be at the expense of the individuals.

Participants/Production Companies may contact “Maitreya organization” for the promotion of the film, their brands/Logo etc. during the festival event or online promotions. Please send an email to “contact@maitreyaorganization” with subject line as “promotion of our film, Brand/Logo” to get more information and schemes about this.

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