Netflix India has announced Take Ten, a short film workshop and competition that aims to discover and support emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds in India. As a part of this, 10 filmmakers will be given an exciting opportunity to attend workshops by the best in the creative industry and then to make a fully funded short film with a $10,000 grant. The films will be showcased on Netflix’s India YouTube channel.
Take Ten is sponsored by the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, which has dedicated $100 million a year over five years to setting underrepresented communities up for success in the TV and film industries through programs all around the world.
“We’re excited to launch ‘Take Ten’ in India - a short film workshop and competition that will open up the chance for aspiring filmmakers from anywhere in India to tell their stories. Supported by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, ‘Take Ten’ shows that great stories can come from anywhere and it creates new opportunities for filmmakers to receive training from some of the best in the industry,” said Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Head of External Affairs, APAC, Netflix.
“Take Ten is a celebration of storytelling and originality. The workshop and competition aim to be inclusive and showcase the diverse voices behind and in front of the camera in India,” said film critic, author and Film Companion editor, Anupama Chopra, who is leading the program. “I hope Take Ten enables artists across India to find their footing and soar.”
Rules of application for Take Ten:
· Anyone in India can apply
· There are only two criteria to join: Applicants must be a citizen or resident of India and over the age of 18.
· Registrations open on 7th February 2022 at. To enter, applicants are to submit a film of up to two minutes based on the topic ‘My India,’ which should be shot with their phone and represent who they are as a filmmaker. The applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis.
· The shortlisted participants will not only get to bring their short film idea to life but they will also get a chance to learn about writing, direction, production and more from award-winning talent including Abhishek Chaubey, Hansal Mehta, Juhi Chaturvedi, Neeraj Ghaywan and Guneet Monga.
· Inclusion behind the camera leads to inclusion in front of the camera. Take Ten aims to build a more inclusive creative industry, while giving the next generation of storytellers a platform to share their voice and perspectives through their stories.