Announcing the K Viswanath Memorial Short Film Contest

We are thrilled to announce the K Viswanath Memorial Short Film Contest, in honor of the legendary filmmaker who has inspired generations with his masterful storytelling and artistic vision. Sri K Viswanath garu passed away on February 2nd earlier this year at the age of 92.

K Viswanath Memorial Short Film Contest is a tribute to one of India's most celebrated film directors. Known for his masterful direction in a range of genres, from family dramas to social issues, Sri Kasinadhuni Viswanath garu is particularly famous for his ability to capture the essence of Indian culture and tradition in his films, often featuring richly textured characters and exploring complex emotional themes. He directed classics such as Sankarabharanam, Swathi Muthyam, Sagara Sangamam, Sirivennela, and Subhalekha. He also directed several hit films in Hindi such as Kaamchor, Sargam, Eeshwar, and Shubh Kaamna. These films have garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, including several National Film Awards.

Films by K Viswanath garu are known for their exceptional musical scores and choreography, often featuring prominent playback singers and dancers. His attention to detail and commitment to the authentic representation of Indian traditions make his films a must-see for cinephiles and fans of Indian cinema alike. In 2017, he was conferred the prestigious Dhadha Saheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in the field of cinema.

The contest invites entries from all aspiring and established filmmakers including film school students who share a passion for cinema and a desire to showcase their talent on a global stage.

The submissions will be judged by a panel of distinguished experts from the film industry, who will evaluate the films based on their originality, creativity, technical excellence, and emotional impact. In short, they will look to be reminded they are watching a K Viswanath film. The top three winners of the contest will be awarded cash prizes of Rs 5,00,000 each, along with the opportunity to showcase their films at various film festivals and events around the world. Besides cash prizes, 3 additional films will be chosen by the audience for Audience Choice Recognition Awards.

We encourage filmmakers from all backgrounds and experience levels to participate in this unique opportunity to celebrate the art of cinema and pay tribute to the legacy of Sri K Viswanath garu.

The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2023, and winners will be announced in November 2023 at a grand event that will include screenings of final selections to a live audience in Hyderabad, India. For more information on the contest guidelines and a link to the registration form, please visit our website