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Echoes, the annual cultural festival of IIM Kozhikode, in association with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur had launched a short film making competition titled “I Love Paani”. We had posted about it here.

The filmmaker has picked his Top 3 favourite shorts, and has tweeted the reasons why he liked them. We are embedding the shorts below each tweet.



I love Paani - PosterWHATEchoes, the annual cultural festival of IIM Kozhikode in association with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has launched a short film making competition titled “I Love Paani”. The event has been conceptualized and will be judged by the filmmaker himself.

CONTEST – This is an online event. Teams of 3 or less will have to create a one minute video on the creative brief given below and then either mail the video or its dropbox link to before 23.59.59 PM, 24th December, 2013. Shekhar Kapur will be judging the entries and will decide on the winners for the event.

Shekhar Kapur’s Creative Brief
From a Drop to an Ocean
What does water mean to you?
And how do you imagine a world which is fast running out of water. Can you put that in a film no longer than one minute? You could shoot and edit it in any way you like. You could shoot it on your smart phone if you like.

This is about your imagination, not your resources. It does not have to be about a large scale event, a drop is as vast as an ocean. It does not have to be the future. There is enough evidence of massive shortages right now. It can be as observational as you want it to be. Or it can be as dramatic as you want it to be.

But even if you say very little, others have to see your point, your story. Of water.
Want to try?

LAST DATE : Before 23.59.59 PM, 24th December, 2013

– This event is open to all.
– A team can have a maximum of 3 members.
– Each team must register for the event at
– One person cannot be part of more than one team.
– The video length is 1 minute. Not more, not less!
– This slide must be included at the end of the movie.
– There is no bar on the language used in the movie. However, Hindi/English subtitles should be used in case of languages other than these two.
– Entries (video files or dropbox link) should be mailed before the final deadline of 23.59.59 PM, 24th December, 2013 to
– Naming convention of the deliverable file should be Paani_<Team_Name>_<Movie_Title>
– The subject of the mail should be of the format Paani_<Team_Name>_<Movie_Title>
– The mail should also contain the following details of the team members:
Email Address
Contact Number

First prize : INR 7500
Second prize : INR 5000
Third prize : INR 2500
Winners also get a chance to meet Shekhar Kapur in person.

Terms & Conditions
– Shekhar Kapur, “I Love Paani” and/or their associates, reserve the right to use and upload all the short film/s in a manner they deem fit on their own or their affiliates websites/platforms for various purposes and the contestants shall not have any claim or objection whatsoever regarding the same.
– Shekhar Kapur will be meeting the winners in Mumbai on a date and time convenient to him. All costs (Travel & Lodging) has to be borne by the winners. Reimbursements from our side will be restricted to INR 2500 only.

mFC Editorial – If you want to get into filmmaking and wondering where to start, here’s a great opportunity. None other than Shekhar Kapur will see your work, and am sure if you can impress him, few more things can come out of it. Generally that’s how it works. So do give it a shot. All the best.

Though we would also like to point out the weird clause put up by the organisers in their “Terms and Condition” section. It’s fine to upload it on various platforms but it’s unfair to use it for commercial purpose without the filmmaker gaining anything out of it. Hope they change it.

Yes! F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! Aur mere aankhon me khushi ke aanson aa gaye! Great for him and good for us becuase we cant take any more flooded timelines with his Paani tweets!

It was offcially announced at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival where Shekhar Kapur is on jury. Click here to read the full report by The Hollywood Reporter or scroll down if you are interested in knowing only the key points that matter.  Plus pic and a video attached.

– Shekhar Kapur will direct “Paani” (Water) and the script is by David Farr.

– The budget of the film is $30 million and is produced by Swarovski Entertainment and Adlabs founder-turned-producer Manmohan Shetty.

– Kapur plans to shoot in November with additional backing from Walk Water in Singapore, Dubai and on large purpose-built sets being designed by John Myrhe.

– The project also marks the first full-length feature backed by Swarovski’s start-up entertainment arm.

– A R Rahman is on board as the music director and has already composed two songs for the project.

– Its a love story set in a mega city in a future where precious H2O has all but run out and corporations go to war over its control. The city is divided into two conflicting halves, in which the upper city hoards all the water and drip feeds the slums of the lower city. A girl from the upper tier meets a water rat boy and falls in love against this backdrop.

– “Blue Covenant” author Maude Barlowe is aboard and hopes Kapur’s film will play a part in taking awareness to a whole new level. Danny Boyle will also get producer’s credit.

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