| A still from The Road Home |
March 1: City residents will get a club to enjoy short films regularly every month.
Asia’s largest short film club, Shamiana, will launch a club at Terra Mayaa restaurant at ABC Bus Stop on March 9.
The club will be launched under initiative of Creovaent Productions, a production house set up with the aim of bringing in product of creativity by using innovation for the purpose of entertainment.
The term “Creovaent” has been coined by combining three words — creativity (for creo), innovation (for ova) and entertainment (for ent).
“The inauguration function of the club will be at held at 4pm. On the opening day, we will screen two Oscar-nominated short films, along with three other award-winning short films from India,” Prithish Chakraborty, filmmaker and co-owner of Creovaent Productions, said.
The films which will be screened on the inaugural day include the 2010 Oscar nominee Kinematograph by Tomasz Bagi’ski from Poland and 2011 live action short Oscar nominee The Road Home by Rahul Gandotra from London.
Three other films How to Mess up in Love, My Last Photograph and Where Are The Tears from India will also be screened.
Kinematograph, an animation film, tells the story of Francis, an inventor, while The Road Home tells the story of Pico, a 10-year-old boy who tries to run away from his Himalayan boarding school when he’s victimised by bullies.
Chakraborty is the also the founder of Guwahati International Short Film Festival, which organised short film festivals for the past two years along with Shamiana to promote them in the region, especially in Guwahati.
“We felt that in a growing city like Guwahati a yearly festival will not justify the understanding and urge of short films among film lovers. So we thought of starting something that will not only create a buzz and develop understanding among people about short films, but also provide an alternative form of entertainment,” Chakraborty said.
Shamiana holds the monthly screening of short films in all major cities of the country like Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, New Delhi, Calcutta and Ahmedabad and also in Australia and Hong Kong.
“We feel that this is the right time to bring the growing trend to our region with the monthly screening of short films from across the globe, where people can come every month, enjoy good cinema and discuss anything about films they like,” Chakraborty said.
“After the launch we would like to screen short films from different genres like horror, thriller, romance and comedy every month. We hope to reach out to people in a positive note and to encourage young people to understand the art of filmmaking. In the near future, we would also like to take Shamiana to other states of the Northeast,” Chakraborty said.