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St Xavier’s film festival goes national

- 12 colleges from across the country to participate in three-day event

St Xavier’s College will be the “Cynosure” of Ranchi’s eyes from Tuesday.

The prestigious autonomous college on Monday announced that it would organise a unique three-day film festival, Cynosure-2013, that allows students to showcase documentaries made by them at its auditorium from Tuesday.

The fourth-edition of the eagerly waited event, organisers said, is expected to draw a crowd of around 5,000 this year, with invites having been sent out to a number of prestigious colleges of the country, most of who had confirmed their participation.

The film festival, which will also be an inter-state competition, is scheduled to be organised by the mass communication and video production department of the autonomous cradle.

Addressing newsmen in the capital on Monday, Walter Bhengra, the head of the college’s mass communication and video production department said Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the director of national award winning film Pinjar, will grace the event as its chief guest.

Renowned scriptwriter Saiwal, who has to his credit films like Damul and Das Capital, will be the guest of honour.

“The response to the film festival so far has been overwhelming. For the last three years it was mainly an intra-state event. But this year we have decided to make it national and invited several colleges from outside the state,” Bhengra said.

He added that renowned documentary filmmakers Meghnath and Biju Toppo were also likely to be a part of the festival. According to him 12 colleges from across the country — including Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai; St Xavier’s College, Calcutta; Christ College, Bangalore; Patna Women’s College; Magadh University, Bodh Gaya; Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe (Ranchi); Karim City College, Jamshedpdur; Swami Mangaldas Pranami College, Ranchi and Ranchi University — had already sent in their entries.

“We will screen as many as 26 documentaries made by students on an assortment of subjects,” Bhengra said. Day One of the festival will see films like Age Mate, Rickshaw Puller- Life on Wheels, Face-it, Soldier-Life of Police, Ek Chautahi, Mera Kya Kasoor and Bandini being screened during it.

The organisers also claimed that in order to smoothly conduct the festival, they had put together eight teams who would take care of public relationship, sponsorship, layout, publicity, technicalities, hospitality, administration and cultural aspects of the event.

“We are expecting a huge crowd. It is an opportunity for the students to showcase their filmmaking talents on the national stage. Our mass communication department will be screening five documentaries based on various social themes during the event,” said Deepika Anshu Bara, the secretary of the fest.


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