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SikhNet Youth Online Film Festival



The 2016 Film Festival Theme

Mata Dharat (Mother Earth)

The Environment And The Future Of Our Planet

$3,500 in Cash Prizes to be Awarded!

97% of scientists agree that carbon pollution is causing man-made global climate change. The population is getting larger and our current practices of using fossil fuels are literally suffocating us.

Some of the issues that affect Sikhs in Punjab right now are: smog, the decreasing water table, the farming crisis, pesticides, energy use, lack of mass transit, overpopulation, burning of garbage and many more.

Here's your chance to shine a light on these issues and on the work being done to help save our planet.

Did you know that Patna (birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh ji) is the 6th most polluted city in the world? Amritsar is the 14th most polluted city!

We feel that this problem is getting so big that as Sikhs we must pay attention to it now.


What Your Film Can Be About


  • Real or fictional dramas about how the environment is impacting us personally
  • Punjab - education and solutions
  • How to decrease the smog in Punjab/India
  • Guru Har Rai Ji's role as a conservator, healer and lover of nature
  • Films about people making a difference with the environment - real or fictional
  • Sci-fi enacting how good/bad the environment will be in the future
  • Nature according to Gurbani
  • How your Gurdwara/Community/Family/Friends and yourself can help the environment
  • Research/Documentary about environmental issues
  • Research/Documentary about environmental solutions
  • How each of us individually impacts the environment & things we can do about it
  • Activism - making real change
  • The use of disposables (especially styrofoam) for Langars and Nagar Kirtans
  • Organic foods and Langars

Just because this topic is science-based doesn't mean you are limited to making a documentary. A good film needs a story. The environmental issues provide a problem that any character can struggle with, and that is the foundation for a good dramatic film. Make a film that brings awareness or inspires action. Most importantly it has to make the viewer feel something.

Good luck.

Deadline: August 31, 2016


Intermediate (age 18-28)
- THREE winners will receive $1,000 each

Junior (age 11-17)
- TOP FILM will receive $500

Seniors (29+) 
- Certificate of Achievement

We are proud to announce that EcoSikh is partnering with SikhNet with this year's Film Festival. They have gladly joined us in getting the word out about this theme, and sharing ideas. A member from EcoSikh will also serve as a judge for the prize competition. 

Thank you EcoSikh!
Here are some great YouTube Videos to help you get started right away.
How to Make a Movie
How to Write a Screenplay

For more filming tips click here

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