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Ministry of External Affairs India and YouTube launch short film contest on India

The Public Diplomacy Division of the
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India and YouTube announced the launch of a
short film contest ‘India Is…A Visual Journey’. The contest aims at inspiring
film makers, students and video enthusiasts. It will be open to participants
across the globe. Participants have to create five-minute films on the themes
of ‘India is Incredible’, India is Unforgettable’ and ‘India is wherever you
are’. All the movies will be featured on the contest’s official YouTube
channel.

The Public Diplomacy Division of the
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India and YouTube announced the launch of a
short film contest ‘India Is…A Visual Journey’. The contest aims at inspiring
film makers, students and video enthusiasts. It will be open to participants
across the globe. Participants have to create five-minute films on the themes
of ‘India is Incredible’, India is Unforgettable’ and ‘India is wherever you
are’. All the movies will be featured on the contest’s official YouTube
channel.

As part of the initiative, YouTube has
partnered with renowned director and scriptwriter Anurag Kashyap and his team
of directors to produce five short showcase films under the three themes of the
contest – India Is Incredible, India Is Unforgettable, and India Is Wherever
You Are. These five films will be produced in association with Viacom 18 Motion
Pictures and Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt. Ltd.

Riva Ganguly Das, Joint Secretary, MEA and
Head, Public Diplomacy Division, said, “The first web-based campaign initiated
by the MEA to connect and interact with people from all over the world and made
them think of India. Last year, we received more than 250 video entries on
India from 42 countries. Through this initiative we aim to create a visual
roadmap of India for Indians and foreigners alike with global players like
Google, Taj and Conde Nast Traveller, and Incredible India as Partners. YouTube
is a powerful tool to express and share different opinions that can bring about
a positive change in the society and as an organisation we’re committed to
supporting all such initiatives.”

‘India Is’ received more than 250 video
entries from 42 countries last year. The contest, this year, will be judged by
an eminent panel of judges who will select a total of ten winners.

Nikesh Arora, SVP and Chief Business Officer,
Google said, “We are really happy to partner with India’s Ministry of External
Affairs to launch this exciting initiative to showcase and celebrate India’s
diversity on a global stage. YouTube is a powerful tool to express and share different
opinions that can bring about a positive change in the society and as an
organisation, we are committed to supporting such initiatives.”

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