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- Three-day film fest at capital’s St Xavier’s

January will surely be a treat for Ranchi movie aficionados.

Students of mass communication and video production department of St Xavier’s College is gearing up for their annual three-day film festival — Cynosure 2013 — scheduled from January 22.

The students and faculty members are planning it big this time. They will invite as many entries (at least 40) as possible from both media and non-media institutes in all three categories — documentary, short films and mobile films.

Last year, the department had received entries from 20 media colleges of Jharkhand and Bihar. But this year, they have decided to bring in budding filmmakers from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. The last date for entry is January 16.

Barely out of their teens, these bunch of students are giving the festival a professional look. They have formed a core committee comprising three members — convener Shashi Shekhar, assistant convener Satish Kumar and secretary Deepika Anshu Bara — who are looking into all the nitty-gritties of the festival. Deepak Kumar and Vikash Kumar are leading the sponsorship committee.

“We will be inviting three students from each college for the festival,” said Satish Kumar. The invited colleges will have to send their head of the department along with the students, the assistant convener told The Telegraph.

The students have also managed to rope in filmmaker Chandraprakash Dwivedi who will grace the occasion as the chief guest. Director and scriptwriter Dwivedi of Chanakya fame will be imparting useful tips on film making to the young film enthusiasts.