A poster of a short film screened in Jamshedpur auditoriums last year
Every budding filmmaker dreams of becoming a Yash Chopra or a Prakash Jha. And, GeNext wants to achieve the feat faster.
But, instead of running from pillar to post in Mumbai studios for a break, creative minds from the steel city have found out a short cut to success and recognition.
Nowadays, aspiring filmmakers, both students and professionals, are apparently taking to short films to showcase their creativity and carve a niche for themselves.
While shoestring budget and lack of resources are the reasons for many film enthusiasts to go for abridged version of movies, the Internet and host of national and international festivals have opened a new horizon for budding directors and producers.
“Today recognition is not restricted to only feature films made in Mumbai or Calcutta. The Internet and a range of short film festivals provide newcomers a platform to showcase their talent. People in foreign countries spend a lot of money in making a 20-minute film. The trend is growing fast in India too,” said Chandan Banerjee who has already made eight short films.
He added that the scope was immense in the field. “If you can strike the right chord with your creativity, even big companies can pick you for making ad films.”
As the popularity of short films — both fictions and non-fictions — has been increasing rapidly, many organisations have come up with different events to cater to the growing demand over the last few years.
Take 5 Communications and Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence, a Calcutta-based organisation, has been organising an annual short film festival, Shorts, for the past five years.
For this year, panellists have already started shortlisting good entries for the festival to be held between November 23 and 24.
“Short film is a way of learning. One can project his or her thoughts on a particular subject very precisely and clearly. Short film festivals are drawing big audience. Last year, we did not have space to let people even stand at the SNTI Auditorium,” said Tathagata Bhattacharjee, CEO of Take 5 Communications.
Jamshedpur is not lagging behind either. A city-based organisation has started a short film festival, Super Shorts.
Ajay Kumar, an alumnus of Karim City College, won the award for the best school film and bagged a cash prize of Rs 10,000 in the festival held last month. His 16-minute film Crossroads depicted the life of underprivileged children in the steel city.