Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ ‘Cineshorts’: Your Big Break to Bollywood

Lights… Camera… Action… Roll! Do these words transport you to the parallel world of 70 mm? Are you a movie maker waiting to debut on the silver screen? Viacom18 Motion Pictures takes the lead to recognize talent in movies, provides an exclusive opportunity for budding filmmakers to showcase their talent through a visionary initiative – Cineshorts. The contest requires participants to submit a short film of five minutes, based on a theme that resonates with the upcoming film of the studio. Contestants may log on to for more details.

VMP is all set to flag off this engaging enterprise with its upcoming mega release “Mary Kom” on the theme “Against All Odds”, which celebrates the unbreakable and resilient spirit of Mary Kom. An eminent jury comprising of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Omung Kumar along with Ajit Andhare, COO Viacom18 Motion Pictures among others will judge the competition.

Talking about Cineshorts, Ajit Andhare, COO, VMP said; “There is a need to democratize the entertainment space so that anyone with the vision, drive and talent can find an ecosystem of support and nurturing to make a film. Cineshorts is a platform that ventures into empower talent by mentoring and showcasing their promising work. We are certain that this will usher in a new talent pool for the industry.”

Filmmaker, Sanjay Leela Bhansali echoed the sentiment. “It’s a wonderful platform, I mean, when I started off in 1994, with Khamoshi it was a very difficult process. Today’s youth come out with new ways of looking at life. They bring in a new perspective, their whole take on a story; screenplay, edit or shot taking is completely different from mine. So this is an amazing opportunity for me to see what you have to offer.”

Expressing her support of this mega platform, actress Priyanka Chopra said, “When you want to establish yourself in life, you do not always need somebody to aid you but what you need is immense belief and a strong confidence in yourself. So, if I did and so did Mary Kom, why can’t you? So when you have a platform like Cineshorts why don’t you just go out there and show them your talent so the whole world knows about it?”

Marking the winning edge, the top five winning films to be officially premiered on Pepsi MTV Indies, along with winning significant cash prizes. The marquee initiative is expected to become an industry game-changer, paving the way for new talent into the playing field of entertainment.