The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has introduced ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’. The segment is an annual platform at the International Film Festival of India held in Goa, to identify, encourage and nurture young creative talents from across various aspects of filmmaking.

A brainchild of Hon. Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, the initiative aims to encourage and nurture young creative talents from various trades of filmmaking. The initiative is in its third year, having been launched in 2021 to mark the 75th year of India’s independence as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. The 75 creative minds will be shortlisted and selected on the basis of their submissions by an eminent jury, under the aegis of the National Film Development Corporation ahead of the 54th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

The selected 75 participants will be invited to the upcoming IFFI, where they will attend the Opening Ceremony of the festival, interact with Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Honourable I&B Minister, network with the members of the global film fraternity present at IFFI, and witness the trade of Cinema at the Film Bazaar. The candidates will be honoured with a certificate of participation. As part of a specially curated activity, the 75 participants will be divided into 5 teams for the 'Film Challenge', to make a short film each, all in 48 hours. The challenge is organized in collaboration with Shorts TV UK, which has the world’s largest catalogue of high-quality short movies and series available on TV, on mobile, online, and in theatres. It also produces original short film content for broadcasters and brands. During the festival event in Goa, the selected ’75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ will also attend workshops and sessions especially curated by the masters of cinema.  For this edition of the Creative Minds of Tomorrow, applications are invited under the following categories:

  • Direction
  • Scriptwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Playback Singing
  • Music Composition (including Sound Design)
  • Acting
  • Costume & Make-Up
  • Animation, VFX, AR/VR
  • Art Design

Application Form

Please exercise great care in filling this form. Details entered against each column in the application would be deemed to be final for the purpose of determination of selection. Kindly check the Eligibility Criteria and Parameters available at and at the bottom of the form before applying.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be an Indian Citizen.
  • Applicant must be born on or after July 1, 1988.
  • The total running time of the film/ showreel/ audio track to be submitted should not be more than 10 minutes.
  • The Entry accredited to the applicant should be completed after June 30, 2022.
  • Regional films to be submitted in the categories of acting, script writing and, direction must be subtitled in English.
  • Participants selected in the earlier edition of the ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ are not eligible to apply in the current edition of the programme.

Parameters for Applying

  • Each applicant can apply for ONLY ONE of the above-mentioned categories which best represents their core competencies and/ or expertise.
  • The same short film can be submitted across multiple categories provided it is submitted by different applicants within the same category or different categories.
  • In the event the submitted short film is produced by a production house, it must not have been sponsored by a renowned production house and/or a production house other than one's own.
  • The decision of the Jury will be final and binding and no appeal or correspondence regarding their decisions shall be entertained.


I hereby declare that:

I own the rights of the short film or have written consent from the rightful owner of the film to participate, which can be produced to the organizers, if required.

I have obtained all the necessary permissions for this film and the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party. This includes use of music and literary material.

M/o I&B/ NFDC/ IFFI reserves the right to use and/or reproduce materials received or their parts for non-commercial publicity of the programme/ event in case of selection.

The information furnished above is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that in the event of my information being found false or incorrect at any stage, my application shall be liable to rejection/disqualification.

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