“Dogme 95” was a filmmaking movement started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, who created the “Dogme 95 Manifesto” and the “Vows of Chastity”, which were rules to create films based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology. It was supposedly created as an attempt to “take back power for the directors as artists”, as opposed to the studio. They were later joined by fellow Danish directors Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, forming the Dogme 95 Collective or the Dogme Brethren.
As the festival taking place in India, INDOGMA seemed to be the perfect nomenclature to merge the DOGMA with its Indian origin..
INDOGMA FILM FESTIVAL, an initiative by Mr. Chandan Mehta, Indian Film Producer, Director, and owner of Cinemehta Productions, the organizer of this festival, and Mr. Mukesh Gambhir, Director NGF Radio, Faridabad. The unique objective of this festival is to provide an international platform to the makers of short films in India and the world over, and was started in the year 2018.
Mr. Gambhir realized that a number of film festivals are organized all over the world for full length feature films, yet there is no recognition for short films. These films are made by the makers mostly in their own capacity and are really low budget projects, as well as have financial constraints for publicity of these films. Since these films are not available on most of the public platforms, not much support is available from the sponsors either.On sharing these views with Mr. Chandan Mehta who was already into the field of film production and direction of feature and short films, the concept to host a festival on short films was materialized.
A number of social causes are not picked up by the feature film makers, owing to a fear of the film not being a hit, or inability to maintain the content for a show of three hours or so. However, the short film makers dare to pick up social and community issues to highlight in their projects over an expanse of 10 minutes to 20 minutes, which is not only appreciated by community as a social project but many such projects spread over the world by way of social media. However, the makers still went unnoticed because none of the social media users cared about the names behind the project.
Hence, the need for appreciation for such short film makers was deemed absolutely necessary, giving birth to INDOGMA FILM FESTIVAL, in 2018.
In the first edition of Indogma Film Festival held in 2018 over 180 entries poured in to participate in the event. This number in itself is an evidence of the number of short films being made yet going unnoticed. The overwhelming response from the makers of these short films motivated the Team Indogma to keep the flow going. Adding to this overwhelming response, a number of sponsors came forward for the cause in the very first edition, which proved the acceptability and need of short films being felt by every section of the society.
Indogma Film Festival held in 2019, the second edition saw an even bigger turnout in terms of entries, sponsors, celebrities and audiences. The magnitude of success was a huge boost to the marale of such filmmakers as well as the organizers.
Taking forward the success of the first and second edition of ‘INDOGMA FILM FESTIVAL’ in 2018 and 2019 respectively, the pandemic led to cancellation of the event in 2020-21, owing to inability to function of most businesses including the film making industry.
Now we are ready to bring out the third edition of ‘INDOGMA FILM FESTIVAL 2022’, expected to run from January 27th to February 25th, 2022.We are already in receipt of entries from countries like Canada, China, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Morocco, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Egypt, United States, Italy and so on.
The procedure and link for registration is
The details of Team-Indogma are also available here to find out more about the people behind the concept.
In order to make the registration process easier, the website provides several payment options whichinclude Net banking, payments through debit and credit cards and payment through digital wallet.