| Karmakar interacts with the audience during the film festival on Sunday. Picture by UB photos |
Dec. 9: The ADDA short film festival that concluded here today is eagerly awaited by aspiring filmmakers here for an opportunity to showcase their creations.
Documentaries, short fiction as well as animation films of 20 filmmakers from different parts of Northeast, New Delhi, Pune, Calcutta and Bangalore have been screened in the two-day festival that began at the District Library Auditorium yesterday.
The festival was organised by ADDA, a socio-cultural organisation. There were entries from Calcutta-based Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute and Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India.
“ADDA is one film festival which has immensely helped budding filmmakers of the region to present their work. In fact, my first short film, Assam: The Land of the Red River was first screened at this festival in 2007. It was appreciated by critics and later screened at other film festivals. My fourth short film, Belir Hatot Dhori was screened today. It is a 24-minute film about a teenage boy who commits a mistake and is repentant about it later,” said Antara G.G. Choudhury, a filmmaker in the city.
“All my life I nurtured a dream to make films, but could never muster the courage to do so. Then I got in touch with ADDA, the members of which encouraged me to make a film. Many filmmakers like me had started giving shape to their dreams through this platform. The main problem here is we do not get a chance to present our work before the public. Appreciation not only boosts an artiste’s confidence but also inspires him to put across his creativity,” said Choudhury.
While the first day of the festival began with the screening of Raharhyar Bitchaku by Altaf Mazid, the second day unfolded with the screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Many Stories of Love and Hate by filmmaker Shyamal Kumar Karmakar, who also heads the department of editing at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. Karmakar has also directed a Bengali film, Chokher Pani that is based on the Nandigram anti-land acquisition movement in West Bengal in 2007. Speaking on the art of good filmmaking, Karmakar said, “Filmmaking is like a language through which a filmmaker expresses his ideas and it requires perseverance and constant improvement to be able to make a really good film. Glamour and fame are only secondary and one really does not require huge money to make an outstanding film. The main thing is that a filmmaker should always strive to be original in his work and keep away from aping the works of others, because when this is done the final product loses its originality and it becomes apparent for the audience.”
“It is very encouraging to see so many new filmmakers coming forward to make short films in Assam. But they should try and not be influenced by the Bollywood films and instead try to capture the local feel and bring alive the local cultural components through the medium of celluloid,” said Karmakar.