Jamshedpur, Sept. 7: Super Shorts-2013, a two-day festival of short films, kicked off at SNTI Auditorium in the steel city today.
Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur inaugurated the festival organised jointly by The Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence and Media Mantra, an acting and film production institute. Head of Tata Steel’s Centre for Excellence Jenny Shah was present at the inaugural function among others.
As many as 24 short films — both fiction and non-fiction — selected from over 60 entries across the country are being screened. According to organisers, 12 of the 24 films, which are produced by budding filmmakers and students, are from Jharkhand, while the rest are from other states.
The festival opened with the screening of Invention of Cinema, an eight-minute documentary, by local director Gopal Kumar, followed by Saari Raat, a fiction, by Parimal Aloke.
A total of 12 movies were screened today, while the rest will be shown tomorrow, the concluding day.
The longest film Tendua (fiction), directed by Md. Habib and Nityanand, is 29-minute long, while the shortest film Half Murder (fiction) of Jay Mathur is around 3-minute long. Both films were shown today.
Moreover, out of the 24, five are documentaries and 19 are fictions.
“Such film festivals encourage budding filmmakers by providing them a platform to showcase their talent,” said Hari Mittal, a faculty member of Media Mantra.
The best film will get a cash award of Rs 15,000, while Rs 10,000 will be given to the best student’s film. Special jury awards will be given to entries from other states.