5th Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam International Socio-Legal Film Making Competition 2021

By | December 8, 2020
5th Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam International Socio-Legal Film Making Competition 2021

5th Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam International Socio-Legal Film Making Competition 2021 is being organised by ProBono India in collaboration with Legal Services Committee Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar sponsored by Kamendu Joshi & Associates Advocates, Corporate Attorneys & Legal Consultants.

Background 5th Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam International Socio-Legal Film Making Competition 2021

There are various issues in society covering various aspects of it. These issues involve different social and legal aspects of it. We come across many literatures i.e. articles, policy papers, commentaries, documentaries, short films etc. touching these issues. Most impactful out of these all is visual representation of an issue. Impact of this lasts for long in our memory compared to other mediums. Looking at this, ProBono India launched a unique competition of making short film on Socio-Legal issues in year 2017. We received very good numbers of entries touching various contemporary issues in the society. Hope to receive wonderful piece of work in 5th edition of the competition.

Submission Guidelines

  • Any person/organization/institutions etc. from India, foreign countries can participate in the competition.
  • Film must cover Social and Legal aspects.
  • Film must not be duration of more than 5 minutes.
  • Film should carry originality i.e. contain on ground work. It should not be compilation of different clips from YouTube or any other sources.
  • Film could be in any language. It must have English sub-title.
  • Film should have not been submitted to anywhere.
  • There should not be any copyright violation. Proper references to be cited at proper places
  • Film to be uploaded on YouTube with proper title and description of the film. Film must not be uploaded anywhere i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. or communicated to anybody until result is announced. Violation of this guideline will lead to disqualification of entry. YouTube link is more convenient than DVD/CD submission as it can be shared easily with judges/panelist across the country.


  • YouTube link to be sent to [email protected] along with filled in registration form.
  • Film to be submitted by February 28, 2021
  • Results will be declared by March 20, 2021

Judging the entries

  • Entries will be judged by panel of judges from Filmmaking, Sociology, Public Policy, Legal Background. 
  • Filmmaking skills will be judged by Chitrapat Communication, Ahmedabad and its associates, group circle, film makers, experts in film making. Social aspects to be judged by experts from Sociology, Public Policy and Legal aspects by law professors, professionals, experts. 
  • Marking Pattern: – Social Aspects 35 Marks, Legal Aspects 35 Marks, Filmmaking Skill 30 Marks. These marks can be divided in further small part as per judges’ convenience


  • Certificates, Cash prizes & Mementos will be given to best three entries. First Rank Rs. 6,000, Second Rank Rs. 4,000 & Third Rank Rs. 3,000. In case of a tie, entry will be sent to experts for further evaluation.
  • All entries will be given an e-certificate of participation for submission.

Outcome of the Competition

  • Competition will result in some thought provoking piece of works.
  • Organizer will compile selected videos in suitable form.
  • Compilation in form of CD will be sent to different institutions including NSD, New Delhi, FTII, Pune, universities, ministries and government departments etc.
  • Compilation also will be uploaded on ProBono YouTube Channel. Link Available here
  • It is complete matter of discretion for the organizer to prepare compilation or not.
  • Compilation will only be possible if good qualities of films are received in sufficient numbers.

Click here to view Brochure


E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]n

Dr. Kalpeshkumar L Gupta (Founder, ProBono India): +91-99248 97691

Dr. Hardik. H. Parikh (Asst. Professor of Law, Faculty Convener, Legal Services Committee, GNLU):  +91-94289 60878

Reported by: Aishwarya Singh

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