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Xavier’s film festival

Barely out of their teens and a bunch of students are already calling ‘cut’. Filmmaking is no cakewalk, but in the times of digitisation and technological revolution, impossible is nothing.

The Xaverian Film Academy’s second edition of The Looking Glass film festival screened 15 movies made by the students of the mass communication and videography department of St. Xavier’s College, over the weekend, at Nandan 2.

Inaugurated by filmmaker Sudhir Mishra on September 15, the first day of the fest was attended by Tolly filmmakers like Srijit Mukherji, Parambrata Chattopadhyay and Sudeshna Roy along with Ravi Sharma of Shree Venkatesh Films. The films covered a range of subjects from an ambitious young man’s wishes before the world comes to an end to women’s empowerment and the effects of a sudden jackpot.

Anik Datta, director of Bhooter Bhobishyot, and composer Debajyoti Mishra were the guests on Sunday and started the day with a pep talk for the students.

“I am extremely envious of the students. When I was young and studying economics at St. Xavier’s, we didn’t have a course like mass communication. I never really got the opportunity to work or assist anyone either until much later in life,” said Datta. He was soon bombarded with questions ranging from challenges that he faced to his experience of making Bhooter Bhobishyot.

Both filmmaker and composer agreed on one major tip for the students — “Be yourself, be original! See movies, but not so much that you end up following someone else.”

“I think this film fest is a great idea. It gives the students a platform to make films, not necessarily to become filmmakers later on, but for their own sake,” said Debajyoti.

“Being students, we don’t really get a platform like this where we can put up the fruits of our hard work. The college and the Xaverian Film Academy headed by professor Ananya Chakraborti, the president, has been a real motivation for us,” said final-year student Shilika Roy.

Sreyoshi Dey

Pictures by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya