Documentary Film Festival

March 25th – 27th 2022

18:00 – 20:00 Hrs

Kalanjali Art Space

CG 65 , Sector 2 , Salt Lake City , Kolkata 91



It is PVB’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

About Us

While You Were Sleeping… Documentary Film Festival is the Annual Documentary Film Festival of Prayasam Visual Basics.

Prayasam Visual Basics is a grassroot visual storytelling studio where community youth develop short films, videos, photo-stories, on the real life cross cutting social issues. It is a platform to engage and empower youth to become positive Community Contributors, using the medium of films as an advocacy tool for slum development.

The purpose is to provide a platform for self- expression of marginalized youth and engage, experiment and explore in diverse forms of communication media. This not only nurtures their creativity, passion and original ideas but also give vent to their powerful views, perceptions and probable solutions to pressing issues and problems affecting their daily lives.

Prayasam Visual Basics is a two-layered project— on one hand it involves developing powerful films which mirror the challenges as well as positive stories of communities; on the other hand it brings the community together so that the visual media can impact their attitude and mindset for collective action.

Thus, creating awareness and shifting attitudes from the community level to the macro level. It served as a catalyst for these invisible and voiceless players to gain visibility, acceptance and a voice. Above youth from the slum communities are being recognized as positive contributors in the development process.


Get involved in WYWS  2022 as a support, volunteer, vendor, or sponsor.

If you are interested in being involved in the festival, please contact us at [email protected]

Submit your films





Rules & Regulations

Accept short films in the documentary category between 1 to 45 minutes in length.

We also accept feature films in the documentary category between 46 minutes and 3 hours in length.

In case the language of speech is not English, it must be subtitled in English.

Any natural or legal person of any nationality can participate.

The number of movies that each artist can present to the festival is unlimited.

Shipping method: Will only be accepted via On-line, through the associated platforms. If the link is not public, you must enter the password. If not, the movie will be automatically disqualified.



The reception of works will be from November 19, 2021 until February 20th, 2022.



Though we encourage budding film makers to make films we are not charging any fees


The selected works will be published on February 24, 2022, at the festival sites page (

In the same way, they will be informed to those responsible for each short by email.



The selected works will be live screening, during the festival in March 2022, according to the program of the 1st edition of the Festival, published well in advance.


Once the selection of a film by the Festival has been made for any of the Sections, it can not be withdrawn. The inscription of a film to competition in the Festival assumes the full acceptance and fulfillment of the present Bases of Participation and of its possible annexes.
The projection copy must be sent on line with sufficient time.


During the celebration of the contest, the organization reserves the right to exhibit the selected films in as many public sessions as it deems appropriate.