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College to host students’ film fest

Fiction to politics to economics — youngsters these days have a lot to say. Not all of them are heard however.

Jamshedpur-based Karim City College on Friday said they would organise a national level film festival in the city that will showcase movies made by students from across the country on an assortment of subjects.

The three-day festival-cum-competition, which will target student filmmakers from eastern India, is scheduled to kick off on January 28. The organisers claimed that given the struggles of the glamour industry these days, there was no easy way, especially for budding filmmakers, to get a decent. Hence, a national level film festival would help them grab the required eyeballs.

“We keep having film and cultural festivals. But this is the first time that a festival will be exclusively dedicated to students. Our main aim was to give exposure to students of film studies. We are particularly focusing on states like Bihar, Odisha and Bengal with a couple of invites also having been sent out to institutes in New Delhi and Mumbai,” Neha Tiwari, head of the mass communication and video production course of the college.

Karim City, incidentally, was the first college in Kolhan region to have introduced a degree and postgraduation mass communication and video production course in 1999.

Though Jamshedpur Women’s College followed suit a couple of years ago by introducing the course at the undergraduate level, they are yet to have a video production facility.

Tiwari said the festival would be held on the Rajendra Vidyalaya premises, with the college in talks with veteran actress and director Nandita Das to try and rope her in as the chief guest. A number of celebrities from Calcutta are also expected to grace the event.

The theme for the event will be short fiction films with focus on documentaries. Since all participants will be rookies, the format had been kept simple, Tiwary claimed.

“So far the students have restricted to uploading their documentaries on social networking sites. However, this festival will give them feedback directly from the audience,” Tiwary said.

Syed Sajid Perwez, a faculty member of the college, echoed Tiwary and said the festival would provide the young filmmakers with a dedicated audience.