SmartFilm 2015.jpgWhat is SmartFilm Competition?
The SmartFilm competition is a cell phone movie-making contest organised by the Department of Mass Communication, Assam Don Bosco University. It is currently open for all the students of the university who have a zest for storytelling or expressing their ideas through the use of an affordable and easily accessible medium of a cellphone and a free open source video editing software.

Theme for 2015: “Roti, Kapda aur Makaan” (Food, Cloth and Shelter)
Last Date of Registration: 20th February, 2015
Last Date of Submission (DVDs): 16th March, 2015, 04:00PM

About the theme for this year:

The films based on the theme Roti Kapda Aur Makaan (Food, Cloth and Shelter) should focus on the means by which people from different walks of life try to cater to the basic necessities of life. The films can depict livelihood issues in socialist India either through a fictional style of storytelling or through a documentary approach.

1. Rules & Regulations:
i) The SmartFilm competition is open to all the students of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU).
ii) All participant(s) will have to register themselves for free by filling up all the details in the Registration Form. Last date of registration is 20/02/2015.
iii) All teams shall consist of a maximum of 4 (four) members.
iv) The film shall be completely shot through the use of any cellphone. There is no limit as to the number of cellphone cameras to be used in the duration of the film.
v) The film shall be completely edited with an Free and Open Source Video Editing Software.
vi) The film shall be a maximum of 5 (five) minutes including all text/titles/credits/logos.
vii) Music/Photos/video clips used by the filmmaker(s) must be original or copyright free. In case of copyrighted material the filmmaker(s) must obtain a written consent from the original artist/owner/producer of the material.
viii) SmartFilm Competition reserves the right to create, revoke, and modify at any time, in any way its entry requirements, rules and regulations at its absolute discretion without prior notice. All participants are deemed to have accepted the rules of the competition, and agree to abide thereby.
ix) ADBU/SmartFilm/Dept. Of Mass Communication will not be liable for any loss, damage to property, or harm that may befall the participants during the production of the video.
x) All video entries shall remain with, and become the property of SmartFilm Competition.
xi) Submissions for SmartFilm Competition will be in finished video format.

2. Submission Details:
i) The completed film can be in any of these formats – ‘.avi’, ‘.mp4’
iii) The completed film must be submitted in a DVD on or by 16/03/2015 (04:00PM) at the Reception Desk of Assam Don Bosco University.
iv) The DVD cover and the DVD should be clearly labelled at the top as “Submission for SmartFilm Competition” along with the Film Title, Production Name/Team Name and Group Members Name.
v) The DVD should contain the following:
A) The completed film in any of the aforementioned format.
B) A copy of the project file to validate the use of free and open source software.
C) At least five low file size “behind the scenes” photographs of the participant(s) filming the video with cellphone(s).

3. Awards and Recognition:
i) A pre-screening will be done by a panelist (comprising faculty members of ADBU) to shortlist the finalists. Selected finalists will be informed by e-mail/phone provided in the registration form.
ii) A total of 3 winners will be selected among the finalists
iii) Criteria for Selection of finalists and winners
A) 50% for adherence to the theme, content, story and screenplay
B) 50% for cinematography, design, sound, and editing.
iv) All the winning films will be uploaded and promoted through social media.


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