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PRAKRITI: International Documentary Film Festival
Prakriti is a prestigious Documentary Film Festival being organized by the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC), New Delhi, since 1997. It was a non-competitive event organized every year at a different location for film-makers. The festival has travelled to many places like Hyderabad, Pune, Bhopal, Goa, Pondicherry, Jodhpur, Tripura, Mysore, Calicut, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mysore (2021) and Maduraiin the past. Last time it was organized at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in October, 2023.During the festival, documentaries,selected by a panel of Jury, are screened and directors/producers/representatives of selected documentaries are invited to interact with the audience on the issues raised in their documentary(ies). The festival is an attempt to spread awareness about issues like Environment, Development, Human Rights &Swachh Bharat (Clean India Campaign) to sensitize the masses.

The Prakriti Film Festival has expanded its wings to provide a larger canvas to paint the footprints on the educational aspects of equity, ethics and ecology. In the year 2018, the Prakriti Festival was made Competitive and its jurisdiction was expanded beyond India to South East Asia Region for wider publicity and spreading awareness on the issues.

The documentary(ies) received will be screened by a panel of eminent Jury which will go through all the entries and select the documentaries in each category for screening during the Festival. The Jury will also select one best documentary, in each category, which will be awarded with a cash prize during the Festival. Details of Awards are given below:

(i) Best Documentary in Environment Rs.50,000/- + Trophy + Certificate
(ii) Best Documentary in Development Rs.50,000/- + Trophy + Certificate
(iii) Best Documentary in Human Rights Rs.50,000/- + Trophy + Certificate
(iv) Best Documentary in Swachh Bharat Rs.50,000/- + Trophy + Certificate
(v) Prize money will be divided equally in the event of joint winners.
(vi) The documentaries selected for screening will get only a Certificate of Screening.

THE ORGANIZER: Consortium for Educational Communication
Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC) [], is an Inter-University Centre of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi. It has 21 Educational Multimedia Research Centers spread across India in various academic institutions. CEC is engaged in production of educational video programs and development of courseware for tertiary education using multimedia. These contentsare disseminated through various platforms like DTH Channels (SwayamPrabha), YouTube, Internet, etc. benefitting millions of students, teachers, researchers and general public across the country. CEC is also engaged in building ICT environment and promoting the use of ICT in pedagogical practices. CEC is also an active partner of Ministry of Education, Govt. of India initiative for development and delivery of MOOCs.

Entries are invited for documentary film(s) in prescribed format from individuals, media houses, mass communication institutions, & media institutions for Prakriti International Documentary Film Festival. Entries are invited in the four (04) categories, namely (i) Environment, (ii) Development, (iii) Human Rights & (iv) Swachh Bharat (Clean India Campaign). The Documentary(ies) should have been produced either in Hindi or English and in case it being in other language it should be subtitled in English. Please note that only one entry is permissible in each category.

The entries should accompany filled in prescribed Entry Form and a DVD / Pen Drive of Documentary. Name of the documentary, Producer(s) / Director(s) & category should be written on the DVD. Entries may either be sent through post/courier/in person or soft copy may be shared on the festival mail id through Google drive to the following address. In case of post, the envelope should be inscribed in bold “Entry for 16th Prakriti International Documentary Film Festival” and the title of Category of the documentary(ies):

Dr. Sunil Mehru
Joint Director (Software)
Consortium for Educational Communication
IUAC Campus, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg,
New Delhi-110067, (INDIA)

e-mail: prakritifest18[at]gmail[dot]com

Last date for receiving entries: 10th June, 2024
Declaration of jury result: First Week of July, 2024 (List of Awarded/selected entries shall be uploaded on CEC’s website, ( and conveyed to all the participants and winners through email.

Later on, if the documentary is selected for screening by the Jury, Master copy(ies) thereof is required to be submitted in professional / broadcast medium. A master should be in .MOV or .AVI format with a resolution of 720 x 576 (Standard Definition [SD]) or 1920 x 1080 (High Definition [HD]). Master copy(ies) may be sent either through post / courier / in person or link may be sent to festival email id, through Google Drive.

Clarification, if any, may be sought from:
Dr. Sunil Mehru
Joint Director (Software)

Ph. 011-24126418 / 24126419 and 24126426 (Direct)
e-mail: prakritifest18[at]gmail[dot]com
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