SIMC’s TESS – Short film festival for college students

Posted: September 11, 2012 by moifightclub in cinema, Film Festival, News, short film
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WHAT : The East Side Story (TESS) is a short film festival organized by the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC-UG). A two-day long event, TESS is one of the few Undergraduate fests looking to recognize raw talent in filmmaking.

WHOM : It is for all student film-makers of India – any student with a valid college ID can participate in any of the categories.

DATES : The festival is on the 14th and 15th of September. The first day is an exhibition where eminent short films will be screened. The directors / crew members of these films will be present to have a discussion with the crowd. The 15th of September is the day of the competition.

FILMS & PRIZESThere are two main categories – ad films and live action. The category of live action has sub-categories.

– Category: Ad films

a. Best Ad Film

1st prize: Rs. 30,000

2nd prize: Rs. 20,000

3rd prize: Rs. 10,000

– Category: Live Action

a. Best Short Film

Rs. 30,000

b. Best Director

An opportunity to be a part of the crew making the next short film for Grey Oak Pictures. The winner will get a chance to work with professional film equipment and interact with well-known actors as well as technicians. The budget of the film will be around Rs. 30,000 and its story will be based on a short story published by Grey Oak Publications.

c. Best Editor

Rs. 10,000

d. Best Cinematographer

Rs. 10,000

e. Best Screenplay

A special gift hamper from Penguin Books India which will contain books related to film-making and screenwriting. These books are all a part of the publication house’s coveted collection of books. Apart from this, a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 will also be given.

– All the winning entries will also be screened at Shamiana’s short film club meetings around India. ().

Pocket Films will take the responsibility of distributing these films around the country and the profits of the same will be shared with the film-makers.


1. Anjum Rajabali (Screenwriter The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Raajneeti, Aarakshan)

2. Piyush Jha (Novelist/Director – Mumbaistan (novel),  Sikandar, King of Bollywood, Chalo America)

3. Prashant Naik (EditorI am Kalam, Climate’s First Orphans (short film), HOD, Editing Department, Whistling Woods International)

4. Cyrus Dastur (Founder, SHAMIANA – The Short Film Club)

5. Ramanuj Shastry (Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi and Saatchi (India)

CONTACT : For more information, log onto or can mail to

VENUE :  Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG), Survey no. 231, Viman Nagar, Pune – 411014

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