Rahul Bose visits

Bollywood actor Rahul Bose currently starring in the Bollywood comedy Pyaar ke Side Effects visited 24×7 on day 1 of the screenings
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Thunderous Start

The 2006 program got off to a thunderous start.

Amidst rain and thunder the crews left for the shoot.
7 films were made on Day 1
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Note from Dev Benegal to the Participants

The team at 24×7 has loved your ideas and the stories you want to share with the world.
At this point you must be working on your scripts and polishing your stories.

Here are a few things we’d like you to keep in mind;
I’m going to keep this simple.

1. Please SHOW us what happens.
2. Let us SEE how events unfold in the lives of your characters.
3. If they are happy or sad do NOT tell us they are happy or sad.
4. SHOW us a detail or something that happens to them which conveys this to the audience.
5. Write in the active tense. This will help you.

Keep it simple.

The best entries we have received are the ones where the idea is simple.
Don’t worry. The best movies are the ones with simple stories.

That’s it!

So here’s an example I just made up:

Agastya Sen steps onto the platform.
He looks around.
The station is tiny. The sign reads Madna.
He can’t see anyone.
He’s all alone.
In his jeans and t-shirt Agastya is totally out of place.

But don’t write it like a novel:

Agastya Sen was lost on the platform. He wondered if someone was going to come and meet him. He wasn’t sure how he would get to the rest house. These thoughts overwhelmed his mind.

(I’ve made that up as well and it’s not from the novel. Which is my favourite!)


Please send us your story boards. Not the whole movie just the KEY FRAMES.
They should be small jpeg Not larger than 1024×768 or 720×576.
Send us your script as well.
Tell us what visual style you will adopt.
Will you use paint, crayons, chalk, clay, digital or some new style and technique we have never heard of.

Whatever it is TAKE RISKS. Be ORIGINAL. Do something NO ONE is doing!

All the best,
Dev Benegal

The list of participants by 12th August 2006

The response to the Program has been fantastic.
And it is going to take us a bit longer than we had initially anticipated to go through all the entries carefully.
Many of the stories are simply fascinating and selecting one over the other, making a choice, is often very difficult. But we are at it . . .

We should have the list of the 35 selected participants by 12th August 2006 on this page.

Do logon once again.
And thank you all for the tremendous response . . . .

Event Oct 2006

The Event Oct 2006 link will have regular updates of the Event

1. The List of 35 Selected Participants will be put up here on
12th August and not 6th August as earlier announced.

2. The Selected Participants will be required to submit full screenplay by 31st August 2006

3. The Event Schedule will be put up in the
1st week of Sept

4. The Shooting & Editing Schedule of the individual participants will be put up in the 1st week of Sept

5. Any other relevant information will be posted from time to time.

The Ground Event – the Workshops & the Filmmaking Week

6. The workshops with the participants – script and technical – will be held in the last week of Sept.

7. The Filmmaking Week will be in the 1st week of Oct.

The dates for the ?ground event? are subject to change. We will inform the selected participants by individual email of the final dates. The participants can also get the latest updates on this page.

8. Participants please read the Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s before sending your application.
So watch this space regularly

24×7 Making Movies – Free

24×7 invites all aspiring filmmaker above the age of 24 years to make a short feature on the theme of ?Laughter & Terror?.

1. The 1st Edition of the 24x7making Movies Program, 2006, is being held in Mumbai at Fame Malad, Inorbit Mall

2. The last date for submission of entries is 31st July 2006. To apply go to the SUBMISSION Form page. Read the RULES carefully

3. This program is for people over 24 years of age. You have to be born before 1st Jan 1982.

4. Mention in bold letters in the subject column ? Entry – 24×7 FREE?

5. The participants will be selected on the basis of the originality of their concept ? their interpretation of the theme ?Laughter & Terror.’

6. The selected participants will be informed by 4th August 2006. The list of selected participants will also be put up on this website.

7. The selected participants will be required to submit the Script by 25th August 2006

8. Mini DV camera will be provided for the shoot. You may however use your own miniDV camcorder if it is okayed by our technical team.

9. You will have to edit the film at the Apple Final Cut Pro editing workstations set up by us at the Multiplex.

10. Choose your team well. You will need actors, and friends to help you out.

11. The Ground Event ? the Mentoring Workshops and the Filmmaking Week – will take place from end-September to mid-October. It will be held at Fame Multiplex at Inorbit Malad, Mumbai. The participants will be informed the exact dates once the schedule is drawn up for each of the selected participants.

12. Mentoring Workshops will include Script workshops with Dev Benegal and his team and Technical workshops – camera and editing – with the technical team.

13. The 2 best films selected by a panel of eminent jury members, will receive Certificates. There are no prizes for this section. But we will have Instant World Premiers of the best films.

These dates for the ?ground event? are subject to change. We will inform the selected participants by individual email of the final dates. The participants can also get the latest updates on the website.

Laughter & Terror – the theme

Laughter & Terror is the theme of our program this years.

You are free to interpret it in the way you like.
Your story can be based on either or both these emotions.

It can be a story based on ‘laughter’ or ‘terror’ or a combination of both.
Remember, ‘Terror’ is not associated with terrorism alone.

Develop your Concept!! Make sure that your concept is original, unique and world class.

Make us all look at this theme in a way we never have.

Note: Send us the complete story in not more than one page – with a beginning, middle and end.
Don’t send us just a treatment or simply a sketchy interpretation of the concept.


The duration of the film can be anywhere between 24 sec to 24 mins. But do bear in mind that the film has to be made in 24 hours flat.

A neat, crisp film would be more effective than a rambling story which you may not be able to shoot within the given time.

Think BIG but don’t be over-ambitious.

Participants please read the Frequently Asked Questions of FAQ’s

Dev Benegal & Hungama Mobile to make 100 films

Hungama Mobile teams up with leading Indian filmmaker Dev Benegal’s maverick film production program 24x7makingmovies™ to produce 100 films every year.

The 2006 program has been announced, so please send in your entries!

I’m missing 24×7!

We usually don’t quote from emails but this one from Janaki deserves a read from all of you.

hi sopan and your team at tropic films,
i really missed the competition during IFFI 2005. there was no charm in attending the film festival. it wasn’t just me, but so many of my friends who were looking forward to participate in your competition. being in goa here, it’s not an everyday event that a film making competition is held and anybody can participate in it.

There is a lot of potential and talent here in goa , it’s just that there’s no proper exposure nor direction. so there’s really no way the youth interested in film making here can improve their skills .

I want to request you to come to goa again and hold this competition and more events aimed at ‘film making’.
hoping to hear from you soon.

your sincerely

Program for 2006

24×7 Making Movies 2006 takes off.