Storytelling Challenge at India Film Project
Storytelling Challenge at India Film Project for Poets and Spoken Words

Move hearts and change minds with your tales and thoughts through words.

India Film Project along with Kommune brings to you the Spoken word challenge. We have realized the fast-growing community of storytellers and slam poets and have brought to you a platform where you can submit your piece of work and get a chance to perform in front of the best-spoken word artists in the country.

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Theme – Not-so-Super Hero

Theme Description – Heroes exist in real life, not just on the big screen. They are not larger-than-life. It is their simplicity, strong morals, ability to look at a greater good and stand up for what they believe in that make them heroes in real life. These heroes could be anyone – someone you know closely or even have heard of remotely, who did something that made them a hero in your eyes. Tell us your story about such a hero, who is not “super” but is nonetheless a hero by their deeds.

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Winning entries were presented at the festival on Oct 12-13, 2019 at Mumbai


Yahya is a Spoken word artist, Poet and internet sensation. He started his writing career by sharing his poetry across Instagram. In 2017 his work Shayad Wo Pyaar Nahi went viral on social media and he has performed spectacular spoken word poetry across the country since. He went on to star in Sheher Ya Tum which was named Best Short at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival in 2018.

Yahya Bootwala

Amandeep is a full time storyteller and writer and a person who has much more in his bags than just dream and documents. He loves to dabble with public drama and debate. He has also performed for different festivals across the country including Spoken Fest, Jash-e-rekhta and colleges like, IIT Bombay, Delhi University, BITS Hyderabad, LPU and many others.

Amandeep Singh

Jidnya Sujata jury for Storytelling Challenge

Jidnya Sujata

What’s in it for the winners

Express what you feel and win all hearts through your words as the top 10 participants get to perform live at IFP season 9 and the winning entries will be produced by IFP into videos.

  • The Top 10 participants will get a chance to perform at the festival.
  • The top 3 winning pieces will be uploaded on Kommune‘s YouTube Channel.
  • The Top 10 performed pieces will be re-recorded and uploaded on Storytel app as ‘Lyric Poetry’.


  1. The theme of the challenge is ‘Not so Superhero
  2. It is a competitive category.
  3. The submitted spoken word should be original and unpublished.
  4. A voice note of a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes has to be submitted. The participants can have 10 seconds of a buffer. It should be an MP3 file of 5MB only.
  5. The participants also have to submit the written form of the voice note. It should be typed in Courier font and in the font size 12.
  6. The submitted piece can be in Hindi or English – (FAQ – the written document should be typed in English language only.)
  7. Entries are open from across the globe.
  8. The entries for the challenge will close on September 15, 2019.
  9. The submitted piece will be strictly restricted to the jury of the challenge.
  10. The spoken word cannot be released until the results are announced at the festival.
  11. Stand-up Comedy, any disrespect to a particular person, over – sexual in it’s nature or targeting any particular community or obscene content will not be qualified in the challenge.
  12. India Film Project and Project parties, in their sole discretion, disqualify the piece deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.


Spoken Word is an oral art form, consisting of performance of poetry and storytelling.

There is no compulsion for the spoken word to rhyme. The piece has to be vivid, creative and a pleasure to the listeners while catering the theme.

Spoken word is all about expressing oneself both through writing and speech. The top 10 finalists will be called upon the stage for a live performance.

Yes, there is a registration fee of Rs. 500. Which has to be submitted through online transactions to confirm your registration. You will receive a Creator ID once the registration is confirmed.

After completing the registrations, the participant can go to the registration page itself and login. Once logged in they can edit their registration form and upload the PDF file and the audio file.

No, even if the spoken word piece is in Hindi it should be typed in English language only.

The jury of the challenge, consisting of eminent spoken word artists will judge the entries.