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From Festival Director

30 June 2013

Manoj MathewDear friends,

Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival is a great way to get the documentary, filmmaker and livelihood issues exposure in the society and the film industry. We are delighted to have enthusiastic independent filmmakers and institutions promoting the festival among their network over a decade.

The 10 reasons why we think filmmakers submit their work to this unique non-profit initiative of India’s leading think tank, Centre for Civil Society are:

  1. Competition: Every year over 20 documentaries from all over the world by veteran & new filmmakers are selected to be part of the official screening list.
  2. Open to Student filmmakers: The festival provides aspiring student filmmakers a platform to share their experiences and creativity in front of a captive audience as well as garners their interest in livelihood issues
  3. Awards: Jeevika awards the best feature & best short documentary, best student documentary, creative recognition awards, Jeevika Livelihood Freedom award with the Jeevika Trophy and prize money worth upto USD 5000
  4. Promotes the issue of livelihood: The festival brings to light policies and regulations that limit livelihood freedom of the poor. Watch the official video to understand some of the livelihood issues in Asia
  5. Research & Advocacy: The documentary helps to develop public policy measures to clear the path for free enterprise. Check out our BAMBOO IS NOT A TREE campaign that enabled public and political on its classification in India’s national policy
  6. Independent Evaluation: The documentaries are shortlisted and winners are decided completely by independent teams of celebrated and accomplished jury members. The jury is composed of professional from the film industry, academia, media and non-profit.
  7. Educative Festival: The screening and discussions during the festival strengthen the Freedom Struggle of the Poor and change the attitudes and minds of many towards inclusive and sustainable development. Domain experts present their case for the advocacy of liberalisations at the bottom of the pyramid.
  8. Networking: Beyond the interaction with audience and other filmmakers, it’s a creative meeting point for professionals from media, policymaking and academia.
  9. Beyond the Festival: Organisers screen select shortlisted films as part of the Livelihood Campaign in seminars, various schools, colleges, cultural centers, organisations and at festivals in different parts of the country and the world through the Jeevika on the Road initiative.
  10. Volunteering: The festival is managed by an experienced team along with volunteers who provide professional management of the festival.

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As of today, we have received 80 documentaries for this year’s competition. The good news is that we have extended the late submission deadline to 8 July 2013.

To submit your film for consideration, visit

Finally, I look forward to welcoming you during the festival. So save the dates: 29-31 August, 1 September 2013 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.


Manoj Mathew

Festival Director