Film Making Rules


MTV Indies File Specifications

Final Master

Format : MXF

Codec : XDCAM HD422 1080i 50CBR

Resolution : 1920×1080 (Full Screen without Letterbox)

Audio : Stereo (Please Maintain the audio level between -10 to -12 DB)

FPS (Frame rate) : 25fps

Safety Master

Format: MOV

Codec : Apple Pro ress 422HQ

Resolution : 1920×1080 (Full Screen without Letterbox)

Audio : Stereo (Please Maintain the audio level between -10 to -12 DB)

FPS (Frame rate) : 25fps

A. Timelines: The duration of the Meri Zindagi contest is three weeks. You must complete your video in time to upload it on the website or submit as specified by the Organisers within the deadline. Only submissions that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.

B. Footage: All footage must be shot within the three-week period of the competition.
● No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
● Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the competition period. (Note: Stock footage as part of a special effect in a third party special effects programme is permissible.)
● Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the competition time frame.
● Stop motion technique as a creative representation is allowed.

C. Camera: Your film should be shot in HD resolution only using any of the following: DSLR, point & shoot or mobile phone cameras.

D. Duration: The finished film must be the exact duration of the song i.e. 3 minutes 47 seconds. This does not include credits. (See Rule E)

E. Credits: Credits are allowed only at the end of the film and are limited to a maximum of 20 seconds. The 20 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated in Rule F. (That is, say if a film is 60 seconds long, with an additional 8 seconds of credits, its Total Running Time (TRT) will be 1.8 minutes.)
Opening credits are not allowed. Only the title of the film may appear at the start (See Rule F).

F. Before the finished film begins, the media should have:
● 5 seconds of black
● A title card with: Film title (download templates here)
● Mandatory slate (download animation here)
● Your film title animation (optional 4 seconds)
● 2 seconds of black
● Your film of duration 3:47 seconds starts

G. Film resolution: HD is compulsory
● Full HD : 1920×1080
● Half HD: 1280×720
● Other: 1440×720
● Format – Your film may be in any of the following formats:
MP4, MOV (H.264), AVI or WMV

H. Breakthrough will fully own the exclusive copyrights to the films made for the competition.

I. To be eligible for the competition, entries must be the original work of the Entrant; must not infringe any third-party rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization, community or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant and/or Organisers).

J. Cost of production: Filmmakers will have to bear the entire cost of the production. Organisers would not be providing funding support, shooting equipment, cast, crew or any other support.

K. Film submission procedure: Every filmmaker needs to upload their music video using the procedure specified by the Organisers via email before the competition closure date. Entries received before the closure date only are eligible for jury voting. Late entries will not be eligible for any prize.

L. The Entrant cannot upload the completed music video on any video website or social media platform. Breakthrough would be free to publish the videos any time at their discretion. The Entrant should use only the link provided by Breakthrough to promote their video.

M. The music video must be created for the exact and entire duration of the song (3.47 seconds). Entrants that fall short will be disqualified.

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