Vivekananda Short Film Contest 2019

Commemorating globally the 125th Anniversary of the Chicago Addresses of Swami Vivekananda

Dear Youth, One hundred and twenty five years ago on 11 September 1893, Swami Vivekananda delivered his first address at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago. The speech electrified the audience and drew the attention of the entire world towards India. In fact, it was only after this glorious speech that Indians and Indian culture came to be respected all over the world. His lectures, letters, and conversations have guided and inspired people across the world for the past 125 years.

Even today there are several original things that we can learn from the life and literature of Swami Vivekananda. We invite you all to produce short film based on Vivekananda’s message on one or more of the following six themes and win prizes.

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Swami Vivekananda: “We want that energy, that love of independence, that spirit of self-reliance, that immovable fortitude, that dexterity in action, that bond of unity of purpose, that thirst for improvement.”



Swami Vivekananda: “Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great: 1. Conviction of the powers of goodness, 2. Absence of jealously and suspicion, 3. Helping all who are trying to be and do good.”



Swami Vivekananda: “With five hundred men, the conquest of India might take fifty years: with as many women, not more than a few weeks.”



Swami Vivekananda: “Upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: “Help and not Fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”



Swami Vivekananda: “The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. Each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.”



Swami Vivekananda: Our ancient wisdom propagated environmental protection and sustenance. Today we see the reverse happening in every sphere of life. It’s time for us to heed Swami Vivekananda’s clarion call to “take responsibilities on our shoulders” by scripting the wisdom of our country to make this planet sustainable for future generations.


1st Prize

₹ 1,00,000/-

2nd Prize

₹ 75,000/-

3rd Prize

₹ 60,000/-

15 Encouraging prizes each ₹ 10,000/-

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  • Registration fee: Rs.100/- to be paid online
  • Participants' age group: No Age Limit
  • Duration: 3 to 8 minutes
  • Quality: 2K (1080P) (or) 4K (2160P) with Higher Bit Rate
  • File size: Up to 20 GB
  • Language: Any Indian Language/English/Silent
  • Subtitles: For films in Indian languages, subtitles must be attached as .srt files

Note: If you have not registered, your video will not be accepted for the contest. Please Register now


  •  All film entries should be original & creative
  •  Multiple submissions per person allowed with a single registration
  •  Film can be a combination of live action (or) animation in their creation
  •  The video/audio should not have any Copyright or IP violations
  •  The film should have not been submitted, accepted (or) published elsewhere prior to this competition
  •  Once a film is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the contest
  •  All short films must be in digital format. No DVDs, VHS tapes or any physical format will be accepted
  •  After a short film is entered, no corrected version of the videos can be made by the Entrant
  •  All films should adhere to the below guidelines as prescribed by Central Film Certification Body
  •  The decision of the selection committee is final

Terms & Conditions

  •   The Films/entries submitted by Participants must constitute original work and not be an infringement any other copyrighted work/s and further do not infringe the Intellectual Property Rights including the moral rights, privacy and publicity rights of any third party. None of the Intellectual Property Rights associated with the Films including those in literary, musical and artistic works should have been assigned/licensed to any person, firm or corporation.


  •   Participants/Producers of the films alone shall be liable for any claims, actions, damages etc. arising out of films including literary work, artistic and musical work associated therewith, to the extent these assert a claim for slander, defamation, infringement or misuse of any proprietary rights, piracy, plagiarism, idea misappropriation or invasion of rights of privacy or publicity and that the organizers shall not be liable in any manner for any such claims, actions, liability, damage, suits, costs and expenses whatsoever arising out of such films. Producers/Participants agree to indemnify the Organizers in the event of any third party claims in this regard.

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  • Inspiration


    It was only after 11, September 1893, when Swami Vivekananda proclaimed at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, India’s spiritual, cultural and intellectual greatness at the World Parliment of Religions that…..

    • We started believing in our own strength;
    • The world began to give us due respect;
    • We woke up from foreign slavery & fancies;
    • We started our way to freedom, and
    • The world began to admire our country.


    All these great feats were accomplished by that opening line of Swamiji’s address: ‘Sisters and Brothers of America.’ On hearing these words, the audience, gave a standing ovation for two minutes. 125 years have passed since Swamiji delivered that message at Chicago. Nevertheless, it was a call to all of us to unite together into a mighty force to save our spiritual and cultural traditions. Hence, dear youth, it is your responsibility to find solutions to problems plaguing not only our society and nation but the entire world as well.

  • Swami Vivekananda's Chicago lecture


    The important message from Swami Vivekananda’s Lecture on 11 Sep. 1893

    Sisters and Brothers of America,

    • I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.
    • We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth.
    • l Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilisation and sent whole nations to despair.
    • l Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time has come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

    Swamiji’s Lecture 3 on 27 September 1893

    l The seed is put in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth; or the air, or the water? No. It becomes a plant, it develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant.

    Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.

    If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character.

    In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: “Help and not Fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension.”

Organized by Ramakrishna Math Chennai

Last Date of Submission: 31 March 2019

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