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Student films impress judges

The two-day students’ film festival, organised by the department of mass communication and video production of St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, drew curtains on Thursday.

The fifth edition of Cynosure saw some matured and professional production by college students from across the state.

Seven films and 20 documentary were screened. While Cross Road, a documentary by students of Karim City College, Jamshedpur, bagged the first prize in the competitive section of Cynosure-2014, Aisha: Ek Ummid ki Kiran by host St Xavier’s College won the second prize.

The Life Behind the Bricks, a documentary narrating the life of brick kiln workers, presented by students of Central University of Jharkhand, got the third prize.

In the short fiction films category, 72 Hours from Karim City College, Linkage from Xavier Institute of Communication, Ranchi, and Sleepy Eyes from St Xavier’s College booked the top three slots, respectively.

Students of the host cradle bagged all three top positions in the public service advertisement section. In this category, they had to make brief clips to spread public awareness.

“The students here have talent, but they need to work hard to improve the quality of their production,” said Walter Bhengra, head of mass communication department of St Xavier’s College.

He, however, conceded that teenage filmmakers did face some limitations.

Besides screening of films, the fest also saw a host of other events like photography and poster-making contest.