The Hindu, in association with the Chennai International Film Festival, launches a documentary contest around the theme ‘Slice Of Chennai’.

Video specifications

Tell your story in no longer than two minutes, excluding titling and end credits. We recommend that you shoot full-HD videos. This would help if they are considered for screening at the festival. If you must use music, use original content, or royalty-free tracks, duly credited. Do not use copyrighted music. If there are interviews or sound bites in languages other than English, include sub-titles.

Aesthetics and imagination

As a theme, Slice Of Chennai is broad and open to interpretation. Think out-of-the-box and show us a new side of the city, or a new viewpoint to a familiar story. Experiment at the cost of aesthetics will not be encouraged. The documentary must be factual and provide a complete view of whichever aspect of this city you choose to showcase.

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts, comprising actors, directors and technicians. Also among them is a celebrated international documentary filmmaker. Three chosen clips — one winner and two runners-up — will be screened on the closing day of the CIFF. That’s not all. There are exciting prizes to be won.

For registrations, visit Participants will have to upload their videos on YouTube and submit a link at this site. The contest closes on December 13. For details, email

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Eating out

Hotel Deccan Plaza presents Aroma Of South — South Indian Food Festival at its multi-cuisine restaurant Olives. Covering cuisines of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the buffet includes a welcome drink, three starters, 10 main courses, two dals, three flavoured rice, assorted breads, salads and desserts. The menu includes Hyderabadi dum biryani, baghara baigan, vegetable Chettinad, koonu melagu vattichathu, gongura pappu, bendakai pulusu, olan, avial, kosambari, senai varuval, adapradaman, adirasam, paruppu etc.

The buffet is available from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and also from 12.30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturday s and Sundays. The festival is on till December 2. The buffet is priced at Rs. 400 (plus tax) for an adult and Rs. 200 for a child. For details and reservation, call 6677-3333 / 98849-32022.