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Short film fest to hone local talent

- 2-day event to screen 16 works including 6 by city directors at SNTI

Jamshedpur will host the fifth edition of short film festival Shorts-2012 for two days from Saturday.

Calcutta based Take 5 Communications and steel city-based Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence (SPPE) is jointly organising the film festival at the SNTI Auditorium. Though it usually takes place in July, this year the festival is making an appearance in December.

“This is the fifth year that the event will showcase short films and I want the city to benefit from the two-day festival,” said CEO of Take 5 Communications Tathagata Bhattacharjee.

The festival will screen 16 films made by both professionals and amateurs in English, Hindi and Bengali.

Of the 16 films, six are by Jamshedpur-based filmmakers. The other entries are from Calcutta, Mumbai and New York. Last year, there were 21 entries.

A few of the works to be screened have already travelled to various national and international festivals. The topics covered by the films range from ragging, female foeticide and trafficking to water crisis, breast cancer and child psychology. The duration of the films varies between two minutes and 30 minutes.

Janani, a film on female foeticide by Shiv Kumar Prasad, Mahua, a film on trafficking by Nichita Roy, Chandan Banerjee’s Mullayan which speaks of generation gap, Saurabh Suman Jha’s Bitiya on discrimination against the girl child, Agemet by Sunny Kumar, which is on child psychology and Instinct by Indraneel Hazra, which portrays multiple facets of human behaviour are the films made by steel city directors.

“The fest which we started five years ago is very popular. Since we have always promoted art, painting and performing arts, short films too is a medium that would help many to get connected to the world of cinema,” said Jenny Shah, secretary of SPPE.

The festival was conceptualised to provide a platform for young filmmakers and also to screen good short films. The idea was to convey the message that films does not always need to be feature films and stories could be conveyed through short takes too.

Bhattacharjee said he wanted students and amateurs to get involved in filmmaking in the state. “The festival is to promote local talent. Be it local artistes, local producers and directors. People here at least try to come up with new ideas and understand the art form. The festival aims to make people understand cinema and motivate more to take up filmmaking,” he said.


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