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Short films for long haul
- Fest for 5-30 minute cinema

Jamshedpur, June 19: Short takes can have a lingering reel impact.

Proving the point is Jamshedpur’s short film competition-cum-festival, Shorts, which will be back in the city in its fourth edition this July, in a bigger and better avatar.

Organised by Calcutta-based Take 5 Communications, in joint collaboration with Tata Steel’s cultural wing Society for Promotional and Professional Excellence, the two-day fest will be held at the SNTI Auditorium, Bistupur, between July 2 and 3.

The venue has been shifted from Centre for Excellence to accommodate more people.

This year, the entries, between five and 30 minutes each, have gone up. Organisers have received 40 entries in English, Bengali, Hindi and Santhali already, from which a five-member panel at Take 5 Communications is choosing around 20 short films. Among them, 15 are from Jharkhand’s film-making fraternity will be put in the competitive category, while the rest — including an entry from Sydney, Australia, and others from Calcutta — will be for exhibition only.

The battle for the title of “Best film in Jharkhand” will be fought among 15 competitors, to be judged by a three-member jury. The winner will take home a cash prize of Rs 15,000, sponsored by the Tata Steel society.

“The festival’s aim since 2008 has been to create awareness for short films and promote local talent who are experimental in cinematic treatment,” said Thathagata Bhattacharjee, filmmaker and CEO, Take 5 Communications.

Student filmmakers from Bollywood biggie director Imitiaz Ali’s alma mater DBMS English School as well as those from mass communication department at Karim City College have entered the fray, besides senior filmmakers.

“Our panel picks films based on subject and treatment. We don’t focus much on technique, as most entries are by students working on low budgets. This year has themes ranging from corporal punishment to honour killing,” said Bhattacharjee.

“The award inspires budding filmmakers to think about direction as a career,” said Jenny Shah, Tata society secretary.

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