Asia Livelihood Documentary Film Competition and Festival

Asia Finals: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Application Date: June 30, 2009

1st Prize: INR2,00,000 and advocacy grants
Jeevika: Documentary Film Competition and Festival, which began in 2003, aims at capturing the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor and bringing it to the attention of the public, media, judiciary, and most importantly, policy makers. It is part of the ?Law, Liberty and Livelihood Campaign? (L3C) founded on the principle that the quality of life is intrinsically related to the degree of livelihood and economic freedom.
Over the years, Jeevika has been successful in advocating for the cause of numerous small entrepreneurs, self employed, rickshaw pullers, street vendors, sex-workers, child labourers, farmers and forest-dwellers.

The competition is open to all professional filmmakers and students, who are citizens of any nations provided the documentary focuses on the livelihood of the individuals & communities of the following Asian nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand?Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan.

Success Stories

Tales of the Night Fairies? by Shohini Ghosh
1st Prize, 2003 Jeevika Film Festival
?The first prize to Tales of The Night Fairies for looking at the age-old problem of prostitution with a New Age vision. Unlike the stereotypical view, the film refuses to look at the call girls of Kolkata as helpless victims and treats them as just another group of workers struggling to earn a livelihood in a not-so-friendly city. The sheer exuberance of tone and the detailed biographical accounts of the subjects make the film an unconventional documentation of the profession, its perils and its progress with the passage of time. ?.
- The Jury

One Show Less by Nayantara C Kotian (Student Film, Institute:? NID-Ahmedabad)
1st Prize, 2005 Jeevika Film Festival
?One Show Less is a very accomplished film that uses the craft of cinema with finesse. It tells a complex tale in a manner that brought to fore the quirky, funny, engaged and resilient human spirit.? It makes its points with sophistication and avoids the pitfalls of documentary. Most importantly, it takes a human look at an institution that has survived at the edges of polite societies, familiar but unknown: the cinema of the poor?.
- The Jury

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