Menstruation is a natural biological function crucial for human existence. However, as a “not openly talked about” issue, it also silently reinforces the discriminations, superstitions and cultural taboos associated with it. Associating various myths and restrictions with menstruation in a country like India is one of the reasons behind lack of awareness on menstruation. Ignorance of the scientific facts and hygienic health practices lead to unhygienic methods of addressing reproductive health needs that result in adverse health outcomes. It increases the vulnerability for the adolescent girls–increased dropouts, child marriage, early pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health issues, sexual exploitation, and violence etc.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (https://www.unicef.org/child-rights-convention) outlines the basic human rights of every child. Ensuring their Rights is the responsibility of the family, society, community and the country. However, it is often seen that the rights of children are violated in the name of social practice, tradition and their own vulnerability.
Keeping in mind that the visual media has the ability to capture and influence people across generations, UNICEF and Aaina decided to come together to collaborate with the film making community in the state to create awareness on child rights issues through the medium of short films. It has completed six successful years with almost 300 short films of 30,60 & 90 seconds duration on different themes pertaining to the rights of children.
Kallola 2021 focuses on this particular theme of “Periods Talk and Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH)”. It will provide an opportunity for the adolescents to reflect and present the different aspects of the issue and show ways for handling the challenges in their own innovative ways. The following section presents some pointers for the participants’ understanding of the concept as well as the selected issues that are closely related to the concept of MHHM. These interrelated concepts as well as the statistical facts may be of relevance to them and provide them with some food for thought.
All film enthusiasts whether amateur or professional, above 18 years of age are welcome to participate in this festival. The process for participating in Kallola 2021-22 is as follows:
* Film-makers will Register to develop short films that are 30,60 or 90 seconds long.
* Registered filmmakers will receive an invitation to attend the workshop on this year’s theme.
* They will submit their short films by the due date. They must also submit the required documentation as well as adhere to all the guidelines.
* For online submission, the filmmaker has to upload the film via We Transfer along with the entry form and other relevant documents and send it to email@example.com
* For Offline submission, it can be sent to Aaina, 70/3530 Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, 751013.
* Ensuring the film reaches the organization by the due date is the filmmaker’s responsibility.
A select panel of jury will select the best short films for the First, Second and Third place that will be rewarded. Besides that, rewards will be given to the Top 10 best short films, Children’s choice and the Jury’s choice. These films will be showcased during the Global MHM week campaign and other forums.
1. Who can participate?
All film enthusiasts whether amateur or professional, above 18 years of age are welcome to participate in this festival.
2. Can people from outside Odisha participate?
Yes, as long as they qualify the criteria mentioned in FAQ 1.
3. What is the Format of Kallola 2021 for film-makers
a) Film-makers will Register to develop short films that are 30,60 or 90s long.
b) Registered filmmakers will receive an invitation to attend the workshop on this year's theme
c) They will submit their short films in the provided format by the due date.
d) A select panel of jury will select the 10 best short films that will be rewarded. First, Second & Third-placed films, Jury’s choice and Children’s choice short films will be awarded. These films will be showcased during the Global MHM week campaign and other forums.
4. Registration process:
Film-makers can Register on the participation page by 31st January 2022. Visit How to Participate page for more details
5. Is there a Registration / Participation Fee?
For the edition 2021-22, the theme is Period Talks & Menstrual Health Hygiene. To see details visit our theme page
The top 10 best short films will be rewarded. The First, Second and Third-placed & Chair Jury’s choice and Children’s choice short films will be awarded.
8. When are the Workshops / Orientation
The workshops will be held in February. Visit How to Participate page for more details
9. Who can attend workshops/orientation for the theme?
Only registered filmmakers who will receive the invitation can attend the workshop.
10. Are the Workshops Online/Offline?
11. How many films can I submit?
Each person/group/institution/club can submit a maximum of 2 films in any capacity/profile.
12. Can we submit a film that has already participated/won awards in other film contests?
Yes but the following conditions need to be fulfilled:
The copyrights and ownership of the film must solely be with the filmmakers and not shared with the previous organizers/ contest-holders. The filmmakers need to mention this in the specified space in the entry form. Copyright of the entry submitted, music used etc. should be the filmmaker's responsibility. In case, the film gets shortlisted it will not receive any incentive.
13. What are the requirements for Films to be accepted?
a) Films must be in any of the following formats - MP4, MPEG, MOV
b) Language should primarily be Odia/Hindi/English. For the acceptance of the films in any other language, subtitles in English are necessary.
c) Films must adhere to guidelines stated in FAQ 15
d) A Poster of the film
e) Filled Form
f) Consent Form for the child
14. Where will the films be submitted?
a) For online submission, the filmmaker has to upload the film via We Transfer along with the entry form and other relevant documents and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please DO NOT submit them to SuSanA.
b) For Offline submission, it can be sent to Aaina, 70/3530 Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, 751013. Ensuring the film reaches the organization by the due date is the filmmaker’s responsibility.
15. Are there any guidelines for films submission?
a) NCPCR Media Guidelines for Children
b) UNICEF Media Guidelines
These are attached below.
16. What are the mandatory documents needed for the submission of films?
English AV Consent Form (This document needs to be uploaded along with the film)
17. When & where will the short films from the select scripts be screened/aired?
The selected films are going to be screened during the Global MHH week celebration by Aaina & Unicef and Odisha MH Alliance. The films shall also be used in various platforms and training by the organisers and alliance. These are also going to be available in the site of
a) Kallola (link below)
e) OMHH Alliance
18. What is the last date of submitting the films?
All relevant dates can be found on How to Participate page
19. Do the film-makers need to have the prior consent of the people and children whom they are filming?
YES, you need to obtain written consent from all those being filmed as per UNICEF & NCPCR guidelines in order to avoid any future litigation. The original forms have to be attached with the film submission. The format of the consent of the artists/guardian is given below.
20. Can the filmmakers send the films to other events/contests?
Yes, you can participate but a prior approval has to be taken from organizers of Kallola (Aaina & UNICEF). Information like the festival, sponsors, prize money to be awarded need to be provided.
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