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About Zee Reel

Zee Tamil proudly presents the first-ever Short Film Competition - ZEE REEL. This is an opportunity to showcase the work of film aspirants from Singapore & Malaysia on a global television platform.

Top 8 shortlisted short films will be showcased on Zee Tamil APAC channel. This talent hunt aims to provide an International platform for filmmakers to showcase their talent and be recognised.

Our reputable panel of jury will conduct an online mentorship session for these filmmakers prior to competition. They will select the top eight entries in consensus.

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Highlights of Zee Reel

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Short film workshop conducted by renowned filmmaker and International Panel of Jury

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Airing on Zee Tamil

Top 8 short films will be aired on Zee Tamil APAC channel.

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Internship with Directors

The top 3 winners will be given an opportunity to intern with the International Directors.


Short Film Entry Requirement:

  • All participants must be 15 years +
  • Duration: 5 - 10 minutes
  • Language : Tamil
  • The competition is open to residents of Singapore & Malaysia only
  • The short film submitted must be in full HD resolution
  • Proof of production (Videos and images of BTS) and trailer (30 secs) of the short film must be submitted
  • Top 8 finalists will be required to submit their short film in high resolution .mov format
  • All registrants will receive an email upon successful entry
  • In case of any discrepancies with the video links shared, the registrant will receive an intimation to re-register

Important Criteria for submission:

  • Short film must be produced after 31st Dec 2017.
  • At least 90% of the language in the short film must be Tamil. Non-Tamil content, if used, must be subtitled in English.
  • The short film must not have won any awards before, and must not have been aired on any other channels previously.
  • The makers will have to produce the copyright for all the music and footage used by them in their movie. The channel will not be held liable for the usage of any third-party material not acquired by the filmmaker.
  • The short film must adhere to the language and genre restrictions. The channel will not accept any short film with adult (A-rated) language/content.


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A. L. Vijay, is an Indian film director who works in the Tamil film industry. He debuted as director with “Kireedam” and went on to make the critically acclaimed “Madrasapattinam”. He later directed big budget films such as “Deiva Thirumagal” and “Thaandavam”, both of which starred Vikram and received many accolades. He has worked extensively with top Kollywood heroes and has directed scripts that have made an everlasting impression in the minds of the audience. His movie “Deiva Thirumagal” won Best Picture Award in the Grand Prix and was nominated for FilmFare Awards.



Tamil Dasan is the programming head of Zee Tamil & Deputy Business head of Zee Thirai. With Tamil Dasan at the helm, Zee Tamil has reached an all-time high of 700+ grp from 70 grps. History was rewritten when Zee Tamil fiction gained leadership in prime-time fiction beating all channels in Tamil Nadu. He has successfully created extravagant events like “Zee Tamil Kudumbam Viruthugal”. He also launched the first “Zee Cine Awards” in Tamil.


DIRECTOR | Malaysia

Vimala Perumal, PhD, PTech is a Malaysian director who has worked on several independent short films and feature films, some of which were screened at International Film Festivals. Her film, “Vedigundu Pasangge”, won the Best Film Award in the Norway Tamil Film Festival. The movie also bagged 41 awards, inclusive of 9 International awards and 32 National level awards, with more than 50 nominations. It has also been nominated in six major categories and won the Special Jury Award in the nation’s most prestigious award event, the 30th Malaysian Film Festival 2019.



As a filmmaker, Rajagopal has won the Singapore International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize for 3 consecutive years. “I Can’t Sleep Tonight” (1995), “The Glare” (1996) and “Absence” (1997) have been featured at International festivals around the world. His short film “Timeless” (2010) won Best Cinematography and Best Editing at the Singapore Short Film Awards 2011. His short film was also part of the SG50 MDA commissioned omnibus film “7 Letters” (2015) which had its Asian premier at the Busan Film Festival. His first feature film, “Yellow Bird” premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2016.



Yahssir M is a multiple award winning filmmaker and the founder/CEO of Millenia Motion Pictures Pte Ltd. He has won four awards for his entry, “Checkmate” in the Panasonic Digital Fiesta 2010. He also went on to win the first prize in the 2010 OKTO’s Project PDA which enabled him to do a stint in Hollywood. His movie “Ninaivugal” was awarded the finalist winner at the New York Festival World’s Best TV & Films and the winner of the National Award at the Asian Academy Award.

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Participants must adhere to the eligibility criteria.

All the mandatory details are to be provided and the terms and conditions carefully checked.

Upload your short film video link as either a YouTube link, WeTransfer link or Drop box link.

Click on the “Register Now” button on the Home Page to register.

You will receive an email once your registration is through. Last date for registration- 20th Dec 2020

Upload your short film as either a YouTube link, WeTransfer link or a Dropbox link.

The last date for registration is 20th December. Kindly check the website for any further details.

There is no restriction on the number of members in a team.

Any genre can be submitted. Please mention the genre you wish to submit in the registration form. The short film must strictly adhere to the terms and conditions mentioned. No form of vulgar content will be accepted by the channel.

Yes, there can be more than one entry from a participant.

Top 8 shortlisted entries will be telecasted on Zee Tamil and top 3 winners will be selected to intern (Check disclaimer) with the International Jury.

No fee is required to participate in the competition.

Entering the contest is a one-time process, with both registration and submission combined in the same form. Once you register, you will be required to submit your entry as the next step. Only after both are complete will the submission be considered valid.

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