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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



FIPRESCI-India calls for Entries for the Chidananda Dasgupta Memorial Award for Best Film Criticism

FIPRESCI-India calls for Entries for the Chidananda Dasgupta Memorial Award for Best Film Criticism

To commemorate the Birth Centenary of their Founder President, Chidananada Dasgupta (Born: 20 Nov 1921), FIPRESCI India calls for the competition on film criticism, 2021.

֍ Organised by: FIPRESCI-India (India Chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics: FIPRESCI)

֍ Cash Value for the Best Awards: Best= Rs.6,000/- and 2nd Best= Rs.4,000/-

֍ Certificate of Merit: Besides the award-winning entries, 'Certificate of Merit' will be conferred to a maximum 05 (five) outstanding entries, as per jury evaluation.   

֍ Incentive: Entries winning the Awards and Certificates of Merit will be published in 'E-CineIndia' (ISSN: 2582-2500), with due credit.    

֍ Entry Fee: NIL 

֍ Deadline for Submission: 30 September 2021. 

֍ Eligibility: Any Citizen of India (Except Members of FIPRESCI).

֍ Limitation: One Contestant can submit only One Entry.

֍ Deliverable: Critical analysis of any Indian feature film made in any language (preferably highly acclaimed and/or very popular, with its full technical details like: Title, Year, Language, Director, etc.)

֍ Language of the write up: English.

֍ Word Limit: Maximum 2,000 Words.

֍ Format: PDF (only soft copy).

֍ Self Declaration: At the bottom of the write-up, there must be a self-declaration, confirming that the article is written by the Contestant, it is an original one, free from plagiarism and never published anywhere.

֍ Mandatory Information: Below the self-declaration, Full Name, Gender, Age, Address, e-mail ID and Mobile/WhatsApp No. of the Contestant should be written.

֍ Legal Responsibility: Contestants will be liable for any legal responsibility like plagiarism.

֍ Judgment: FIPRESCI-India will set up a Jury and their evaluation/decision will be final.

֍ How to Submit your entries: Soft Copy of the PDF file, with all information and declaration, should be mailed to <>, before 30 Sept 2021.


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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