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May 2: Packages of short films from France and Spain will be the attraction of the three-day second Guwahati International Short Film Festival which will be kicked off at District Library auditorium on Friday.
Acclaimed short films from the UK, the Netherlands, US, Australia, Argentina, Iran and different parts of India will be screened during the festival under sections World Kaleidoscope, Indian Kaleidoscope, special reels, FTII golden jubilee package, horror package, Spotlight and Country Focus.
A special attraction of the festival will be the Northeast premiere screening of Onir’s national award-winning I Am in the presence of the director. The film, produced by Anticlock Films, won the national awards for the best Hindi feature film and best lyrics.
Organised by Creovaent Productions, the festival will be inaugurated by Naach Ganesh (Dance of Ganesha) made by Bikash Ranjan Misra and Butterfly Circus by Joshua Weigel from the US.
Naach Ganesh was world premiered at 16th Busan International Film Festival. Butterfly Circus has won numerous awards, including Clint Eastwood Award at Carmel Film Festival.
Keeping up with the effort to provide a platform to filmmakers from the region, the competitive Northeast Short Section will screen 11 films shortlisted by the selection jury.
The “competition” films had been selected from a large number of entries received from all over the Northeast by a preview jury comprising noted theatre and film personality Nayan Prasad as its chairman.
The film festival will also showcase 15 most acclaimed Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)’s short films made by students who later became renowned filmmakers in India. The 15 short films comprise a special package marking FTII’s golden jubilee celebrations.
Among the 15 short films are those made by renowned filmmakers, including Girish Kasaravalli, Kumar Shahani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sriram Raghavan and Vibhu Puri.
The festival will also celebrate a special horror short film package by Shamiana, a popular short film club from Mumbai, to give cine lovers a feel never experienced before.
“The 2nd GISFF is bringing to lovers of cinema, particularly those of short fiction films, a highly interesting mix of works by a diverse bunch of filmmakers from different parts of the world. We have a great collection of films this time ranging from world cinema to Indian short films. There will be a special Golden Jubilee Package from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. There will be a never-seen-before package of horror short films. I hope film lovers, especially young people interested in this medium will make the most of this festival. They will see how short films are evolving across the world,” Utpal Borpujari, festival director of GISFF.