Guidelines for Submissions


  • Entry Video
    • A title screen (first slide) is required which states the following:
      • Title not to exceed 8 words
      • Surgeon’s name and title
      • Practicing institution and country
    • Second slide declaring any conflict of interest
    • Closing slide summarizing data, outcomes and number of cases discussed in submission
    • Submissions which contain surgeon, institution names or logos throughout may be disqualified (if it looks like a commercial, it will be disqualified)
  • Abstracts
    • A structured abstract not to exceed 250 words as a PDF or WORD document, including:
      • Introduction and objectives
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusions 
    • Title of abstract
      • The title should clearly define the topic and contain no abbreviations
      • Titles must be in sentence case and not bolded, underlined, italicized, or written in all caps or lowercase letters.
      • If title requires more than 8 words, a subtitle can be added in the abstract
    • Graphics and/or tables do not count towards the word limit
    • All abstracts must be in English


  • Preference given to:
    • Data showing improved patient outcomes and/or probability of becoming standard of care 
    • Complex surgical procedures
    • Surgical innovations
    • Use of new technology
    • Case series with well-analyzed outcomes data
    • High-quality animations and graphics to describe the content of submission

Technical Requirements of the Submission

  • Only High-Definition videos will qualify for submission: 1280 X 720 (720p) or 1920 X 1080 (1080p,1080i). Image quality should be suitable for large auditorium screening.
  • Length of submission should be a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of eight minutes. Videos outside this duration will not qualify for submission.
  • Only .mov or .mp4/.m4v formats will be accepted.
  • Voice-overs
    • Narrated in English language only
    • High-quality audio recording (no echoes, low volumes, etc.)
    • No music
    • Computer-generated narrations will not qualify for submission.
  • Visuals and Narration
    • Allow sufficient time for the viewer to recognize anatomy and understand the procedure clearly.
    • Rushed content will not qualify for submission.
    • One or two second shots are not recommended. 
  • As noted above, NO MUSIC is permitted, and will cause entry to be disqualified.

Submission Process

  • The process of submission and assessment by our international jury will happen through the official website: . There is no other official channel of submission from the Vattikuti Foundation.
  • Files must contain the Surgeon’s name and procedure title: “Joe Brown’s RKT procedure.mp4”. Please do not provide a generic name like “KS Award video.mp4”

Judging Procedure

  • Multiple rounds of judging will include subject matter experts, surgeons and faculty both internally and externally of the Vattikuti Foundation.
  • Submissions will be judged in terms of creativity, original procedures, educational content, and technical standards (editing, sound, and picture quality).
  • A period for public screening and voting follows the closure of entries on 15 July 2024. Instructions for voting will be posted on the website and other social media platforms.
  • Award-winning videos will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony to be held in Jaipur, India 15 February 2025.
  • The final decision of award-winning videos lies with the independent international jury.