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Take Ten: Seeking India’s Next Generation of Storytellers

Take Ten: Seeking India’s Next Generation of Storytellers

With its diversity, history and culture, India abounds in incredible stories and we want to find these stories and their storytellers. 

Enter Take Ten, a short film workshop and competition that aims to discover and support emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds in India. Ten filmmakers will be given an exciting opportunity to attend workshops by the best in the creative industry and then to make a fully funded short film with a $10,000 grant. The films will be showcased on Netflix’s India YouTube channel.

“Take Ten is a celebration of storytelling and originality. The workshop and competition aim to be inclusive and showcase the diverse voices behind and in front of the camera in India,” says film critic, author and Film Companion editor, Anupama Chopra, who is leading the program. “I hope Take Ten enables artists across India to find their footing and soar.”

Take Ten is sponsored by the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity, which has dedicated $100 million a year over five years to setting underrepresented communities up for success in the TV and film industries through programs all around the world.

Anyone in India can apply 

There are only two criteria to join: Applicants must be a citizen or resident of India and over the age of 18. 

Registrations open on 7th February 2022 at To enter, applicants are to submit a film of up to two minutes based on the topic ‘My India,’ which should be shot with their phone and represent who they are as a filmmaker. The applications will be reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The shortlisted participants will not only get to bring their short film idea to life but they will also get a chance to learn about writing, direction, production and more from award-winning talent including Abhishek Chaubey, Hansal Mehta, Juhi Chaturvedi, Neeraj Ghaywan and Guneet Monga.

Inclusion behind the camera leads to inclusion in front of the camera. Take Ten aims to build a more inclusive creative industry, while giving the next generation of storytellers a platform to share their voice and perspectives through their stories. 

Karuna Gulyani