India Is, an initiative of the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, India kick started in September 2011 as the 'India Is Global Video Challenge 2011'. The Video Challenge successfully highlighted the abundance of 'soft power' prevalent in India. In its successful first year, the Challenge invited individuals to create a short video of under 3 minutes, based on their perspectives and experiences of India, and share it with the world.
This year in the grander scheme of things, India Is back bigger and better, raring to showcase the creativity that world has to offer on India. With bigger partnerships, 5 minutes to tell your story and a whole load of prizes to be won, India Is taking this year's Challenge a notch higher by making sure that essence of the Challenge is highlighted within 3 excitingly defined themes. The themes for the Challenge are:
The India Is Global Video Challenge 2014 is open to everyone above 18 years of age as of January 15, 2014 and is a registered user of YouTube/Google+. The India Is Global Video Challenge is open to citizens of all countries, unless the law in their country prohibits it.
As an independent creative that has experienced India in some way or form, you have a story to tell. The India Is Global Video Challenge encourages people to creatively express their perceptions of India by focusing on the abundance of 'soft-power' that is prevalent through the country.
Don't feel limited by your training or your equipment to tell a story – the Internet today has erased boundaries of communication and allows you to access almost any platform you wish to. So why not?
The videos submitted will be watched by reputed and respected members from the film industry and aspiring creators like you get to do more than just showcase raw talent and creativity. You get the chance to truly showcase your prowess on a global stage.
And if your video wins, you'll be landing up with a beautiful new camera and much more to continually create more brilliant videos and stories.
Videos must be uploaded on and submitted to YouTube on the official India Is YouTube Channel. The film may be shot on any format – Mobile / DV / HD. The recommended aspect ratios are: 16:9 / 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic. The recommended video files formats are VOB, MPG, MPEG4 or AVI. If your video is short listed and entered in to the final round of judging you may be required to submit the high resolution version of the video within 7 days.
Participant will retain ownership in his/her Entry, subject to the version of the YouTube Terms of Service applicable to the Participant's country of residence, and subject to the limited license granted herein. However, by entering the Competition, and to the extent allowed by law, Participants grant the Competition Entities and their respective affiliates the ability to reproduce and exhibit the videos in all media, for promotional or other purposes.
Every submission must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant. Any discrepancy in the entrant's particulars may result in disqualification from the competition, at the sole discretion of the organizer.
Digital video manipulation is allowed, to optimize an image, but adding or removing key elements of the composition is not allowed.
Composite or montage videos, from more than one original image, are not eligible. Entrants of prize-winning videos may be required to produce the original video before the final prize is given.
Videos may not contain defamatory, obscene, provocative, sexually explicit, objectionable or inappropriate content, at the sole discretion of the organizer.
The entrant must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all the material entered. It is the legal responsibility of the entrant, and not the organizers, to ensure that they comply with these ownership and copyright requirements and own the rights to the reproduction of their content.
Entrants discovered to tamper with or abuse any aspect of this Video Challenge, as determined by the organizers, will be disqualified.
The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any entry that it feels was placed due to tampering, abuse or fraud at any point in the competition.
The video does not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party;
It is not libellous, offensive, obscene vulgar, defaming, denigrating women or children, hurting religious sentiments or depicting violence;
It does not violate any applicable local, state, national or international law.