India Film Project pioneered the World’s Largest Filmmaking challenge, and it is safe to say that it’s 10th Edition raised the filmmaking bar to new heights. In 50-Hours, the participants of the Filmmaking Challenge race against time and 1720 other films, towards an unparalleled culmination.
With 1721 films, 18 countries, and 122 cities, the challenge was global, exciting, and fiery. At the helm of this challenge, India Film Project managed the show with effortless ease, keeping intact the notion of; “No Matter What, The Show Must Go On.”
Asia’s largest Content Festival, India Film Project, boasts of an interactive platform for content creators across cinema, literature, music, and storytelling. In the flagship 50-Hour Filmmaking Challenge: the participants create, shoot, edit, and compile a short film based on the disclosed theme in the stipulated time.
An award-winning jury hand-picks the best of the movies, and in a state-of-the-art virtual awards ceremony, disclosed the winners of the challenge.
The award ceremony was virtual and vibrant, with over 18,300 people attending from the comfort of their homes. The IFPX Festival that happened between 22-25 October was a multi-staged content festival that happened across four days and three stages with more than 180+ Prominent creative stalwarts.
With a specialized virtual stage and the three categories, i.e, mobile, amateur, and professional ready to set fire to everyone’s screens, the 4-hour long award ceremony included detailed analyses of the winning entries by the esteemed jury; Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Raj, and DK, and Shubhashish Bhutiani.
The three jury members navigated their way through the mobile, amateur, and professional categories; to curate the top 5 winners in each category.
In the mobile category, the only directives are that films should be shot on mobile phones with cameras that have a minimum resolution of 1080p. The Top 5 winners of the Mobile Category are:
The Platinum Film of the Year: One and a Half Foot Man
The simple yet life-changing story of a handicapped man who tries to hold onto his online job in spite of poor internet connectivity in the village.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/e8FZjQBqSAk
The Gold Winner Film of the Year: Road To Thumba
Does reality inspire life or does life inspire reality?
Road to Thumba sees two men of opposing beliefs, trying to make the other see their perspective.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/qy8b34ajPGY
The Silver Film of the Year: The Audition
How far does an aspiring actress who stops at nothing to pursue her dream go, all the while tackling problems and her unsupportive father trying to stop her?
Check this out: https://youtu.be/POM-8Bda71k
The Bronze Film of the Year: Picture Abhi Baaki Hai
This story follows a determined participant of a filmmaking competition, who gets ditched by his teammates at the last moment. He refuses to give up and believes life must stop at nothing.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/CBI-scfJ3vI
Number 5 Film of the Year: Anjali’s Kitchen
A chef embarks on a journey to make a tutorial video, and the exhibilarting ride is a thrill worth devouring.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/cB8H9GTxYo0
Shot on One Plus Award: Master Ji
A hearty toast to determination and good old hard work, that helped a newbie teacher conquer lockdown woes is a visual and aesthetic journey like no other!
Check this out: https://youtu.be/iBPsymQ4nko
In the Amateur category, the only limitation is that Team Leaders should have made none or less than three films. The winners of the Amateur Category were:
The Platinum Film of the Year: Dr. Pashupal
A comedy of errors follows a doctor who moves to a new village and tries to trick his way to fame.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/5vyRq8uTe5k
The Gold Winner Film of the Year: WOH
This is a heart wrenching story of two different individuals who encountered each other during the lockdown, making one famous and the other one almost famous in the most significant way.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/wLeF3sJHJv0
The Silver Film of the Year: Zipped
A cautionary tale follows this beautiful story: face your inhibitions, else you will be left: almost famous
Check this out: https://youtu.be/E2fflNx0bU0
The Bronze Film of the Year: Ramesh
22-year-old Ramesh is a naive guy with a dream to become famous and eventually that’s how destiny favours him.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/pGcJkTEam-w
Number 5 Film of the Year: Bhavai
What does a folk artist whose art is now not recognised by people due to time differences do in stressful times?
Check this out: https://youtu.be/h9Wv-tBVIEg
In the professional category, the pros ensured that we had no cons!
Team Leaders who have made Three or more films in the past are eligible under this category. The Top 5 in this category were:
The Platinum Film of the Year: Seven Feet
Years after a pandemic, a young woman refuses to believe that the terrible period is over and insists on living in isolation. What follows is a delightful visual journey.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/IIADyrxa314
The Gold Winner Film of the Year: OFFLINE
A spark could lead to a fire. But in today’s time, all sparks fire up. How safe are we while we are just trying to be ourselves? Offline answers pertinent questions.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/GnoFiiOQeco
The Silver Film of the Year: Chalte Rahiye Janaab
A mind blowing conversation between an outspoken salesperson and a rather frigid auto rickshaw driver brings out cloaked revelations about their lives.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/2t7DD1kh7c0
The Bronze Film of the Year: The Code
Film Experiments with the Social life we are living and using or is it using us? This film resolves questions, as it asks even more!
Check this out: https://youtu.be/SoueOVv7Kjg
Number 5 Film of the Year: Meraki
A tale of how artists were coping emotionally through the current circumstances of the world and struggling internally to try and restore their belief in their art and themselves. A much-needed tonic in a state of global disarray.
Check this out: https://youtu.be/ToC4X08LEgg
With the top 5 films of each category, the flagship 50 hour filmmaking challenge ended with a bang! The conclusion doesn’t always have to be sad, and like with the culmination of the 50-Hour Challenge and the IFPX Festival, the team at IFP proved that virtual can be as vibrant, if not more than offline.
With that, we pronounce the filmmaking challenge done and dusted!
Our award-winning films have made it through our hearts and to the big screens!
Every Sunday on MTV at 9 PM, you can relive the magic of IFP Season X with IFP Shorts and watch as the short films take go big or go home to the next level!