celebrating GIRLS for

A joint campaign in honour of the Girl Child
Short Film First Prize - Rs.25,000

Last Date: October 4th, 2020

October 11 has been celebrated as the International Day of the Girl every year since 2012, to highlight the challenges that girls face and strengthen the efforts to empower girls. This year, several organizations that work across India to empower the girl child are joining hands to launch a month-long campaign:

celebrating GIRLS for
 LIFE (Love, Inheritance, Freedom & Equality)


Every girl has the right to be born into the world and be loved and cherished just as sons are. Daughters are no less than sons, and they deserve acceptance, care and respect.


India’s Child Sex Ratio continues to drop because girls are considered an economic burden. Their right to inheritance and an equal share in family resources is imperative for their empowerment and financial independence.


In a patriarchal society like ours, most of the decision-making is done by men. Girls are suppressed and stereotypical gender roles are prescribed. Their individuality and interests must be encouraged without the threat of violence and discrimination.


The gender-bias against girls has resulted in unequal access to resources and opportunities for them. We must recognize that girls and boys are equally deserving of respect and opportunities in families and in society.

This multi pronged campaign for the girl child will see the different partnering organizations lead workshops, awareness programs and webinars under different focus areas, supported by the other partnering organizations.

The campaign will culminate with a special online event on Saturday, October 10, on the eve of the International Day of the Girl 2020.


5pm - 6pm

Arise & Restore: Combating trafficking of girls


My Girl, My Pride: Prevention of Sexual Abuse


Faith leaders can exercise their influence to protect the life and liberty of the girl child. 

5pm - 6pm

Unconscious Bias: Girls Speaking for Themselves

4pm - 5pm

Pre-Birth Discrimination Against Girls

6pm - 7pm

Celebrating GIRLS for LIFE : International Day of the Girl Child 2020

Celebrating Girls for LIFE

A Short Film Competition

Rs.5000/- for seven

In honour of the International Day of the Girl 2020, several organizations that work across India to empower the girl child are joining hands to launch a month-long campaign: Celebrating Girls for LIFE (Love, Inheritance, Freedom & Equality).

As part of the campaign, we invite everyone to participate in a Short Film Competition and bring awareness to the cause of the Girl Child.

General Guidelines

1. Submit short films that powerfully convey the theme of the campaign (about girls below 18 years of age and in the Indian context). It can include challenges they face at birth and life, at home and in society, their strengths, achievements, and contributions. The films can also focus on exposing false narratives about girls (and boys) or expose the prevalent social evils against girls.

2. Indians of all ages – girls, boys, men, and women, can participate in this contest.

3. Duration: The films should not exceed 5 minutes (including the credits)

4. Language: English or any Indian language. If not in English, must have English subtitles.

5. Genre: No restriction - Can be a documentary/ narrative/ fiction/ non-fiction/ animation.

6. Content: Films must be suitable for viewing by persons of all ages. Films with vulgar and violent language and graphic content will be disqualified.

7. Must include a disclaimer: “No religion, faith, caste, creed, person living, or dead has been harmed.” Credits of the cast and the crew in the film should be provided.

8. Format: The films may be shot and submitted in MPEG4 or AVI format. The recommended ratios are- 16:9 / 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic in DV/HDV. The film can be taken using any camera medium, including a phone camera. Watermarks are unacceptable.

9. Submission: The video must be uploaded on Google Drive or YouTube and should be unlisted or private viewing only, before sharing the URL on the submission form.

10. Participants must agree to all Terms and Conditions (T&C) of the competition.

Terms & conditions

1. Contestants represent and warrant that:
        1. The short- film is original, taken by the entrant and they own the rights to their work;
        2. The film does not violate the rights of any third party;
        3. The film does not convey a false or misleading impression;
        4. Any additional information they submit about the short-film is accurate.

2. The film does not contain any copyrighted material – video or audio, music belonging to third parties. All content in the film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) are original. Entries containing any unauthorized, and previously submitted content will be disqualified.

3. By submitting their short film to ADF India and its partner organizations for this Contest, all entrants agree to assign the copyright of the film(s) submitted to ADF India and its partner organizations, which includes the right to use the film(s) in any manner and media, including without limitation, the right to publish, adapt, distribute, copy, display or translate in printed or electronic media, even if they are not the winning entries.

4. ADF India reserves the right to grant licenses to its partner organisations (licensee) to use the film(s) submitted during the contest as per terms and conditions mutually agreed upon by ADF India and the licensee.

5. Any film from this contest used by ADF India and its partner organizations shall carry the videographer’s credit line in a format at their sole discretion.

6. Any usage of the film will solely be for the purpose of bringing awareness to the cause of the girl child. In the unlikely event that the film is used for profit, a certain percentage of the profit shall be given to the Contestant which shall be mutually decided between ADF India and the Contestant.

7. By entering the Contest, the Contestant agrees that it is his or her sole responsibility to have obtained all necessary permissions for the grant of the rights contained in Clause 1 above of the Terms and Conditions.

8. By entering the contest, the Contestant releases and holds harmless ADF India and it's campaign partners, from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, cost, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the contest or delivery, non-delivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional).

9. By entering the Contest, the Contestant fully and unconditionally agrees to be bound by these rules and the decisions of the joint organizers of the Campaign, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.

Short Film Competition Winners

The Winged Girl - 1st place

Directed and written by Kailas Jadhav, this short film is inspired by a true story and was produced to bring awareness to end child marriages in India.

Nihatha - 2nd place

This film was submitted by Joel Mathew Thomas on behalf of the Social Action Forum of the Marthoma Yuvajana Sakhyam, Ranni Nilackal Diocese, Social Action Forum. The film highlights the dangers of Child Sex Abuse.

And Then There Were None - 3rd place

Submitted by Johanna Durairaj from Life For All organisation, the short film depicts a scenario that reflects the tragic reality for many of India’s girls and women today.

The Real Girl Story - Commendation Winner

Submitted by Mandar Phirke, this short film highlights the problems faced by the Girl Child through a letter written by a girl to her mentor.



Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal is the Director of Rubaru Roshni and Co-Creator of Satyamev Jayate. As the co-director and head of field research for television show Satyamev Jayate produced by Aamir Khan Productions, she investigated the subject of female foeticide...

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...and shot a documentary as part of the core research activity for the foundation of the show.

Svati has been a communications professional for over 25 years. As a Brand Ideation consultant, she worked with a varied range of corporate brands and some product and service brands. Her publishing experience includes heading the creation of a hundred illustrated children’s titles in English, Hindi, and Kannada for UNICEF.


Sharon Angel is a TV show host, business owner, humanitarian and speaker. Her heart is for the suppressed women and children, and in her talks around the world, she fights to give the isolated, underprivileged and untouchable a voice. Sharon’s talk shows, “Random Thoughts” and “Vaanga Sinthikalam"...

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... are filmed in India and America to bring different thoughts and perspectives to one platform where people can see the untold side of a story. Her shows in English and Tamil transcend cultures to bring resolution and middle ground to generational issues by making a social impact. Sharon, through her video production business, “A North Production” works with business leaders and social impact organizations to share the message of truth through commercials, documentaries and short films.


Vipasha Kiran, is an entrepreneur, independent film-maker, story-teller and dreamer. Having 8+ years of experience in the media industry, and has an impeccable knowledge of the field. Blending her technical knowledge with a knack for telling stories, she started...

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...her Entrepreneur journey in 2018 with Fotilo Films Pvt Ltd.

Having won national and international awards for our creative video production, she doesn't just believe in aesthetics but in making use of aesthetics to solve complex real-world problems for organizations, educational institutes, corporates, startups, and just about anyone else who would benefit from our services.


Pearl Ganta is an Independent filmmaker by profession and a change catalyst by passion and a Rotarian. She has been in the field of Media and Filmmaking for over 20 years. Pearl believes in the power of media, in the power of story to change lives. She is the co-founder and director for...

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...Ur Vision Communications, a media production company and Apnao Foundation, a non-profit company established to serve the needs of vulnerable children.
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