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Short films long on creative thought
- Organisers back with second edition of contest in which 30 minutes are enough to screen your big idea

As Indian cinema turns a young-at-heart 100, it’s no wonder that school and college students across the country are taking interest in expressing themselves on celluloid.

In Jamshedpur, The Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence and city-based acting and film production organisation Media Mantra will organise a two-day short film festival on September 7 and 8 for youngsters in schools and colleges.

Super Shorts will be held at SNTI Auditorium, Bistupur. Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur will be the chief guest during the inauguration.

The contest seeks to make the visual medium accessible to students by inviting them to make snappy films of maximum 30 minutes each.

“Thanks to technology, making short films is no more a complicated procedure,” said Hari Mittal, a faculty member of Media Mantra.

“A short film, like a short story in literature, tests your ability to tell a story or project an idea visually. The maximum time limit of the film will be 30 minutes. We’re giving a platform to youngsters to promote their talent and passion for the craft,” he added.

The best film will bag a cash prize of Rs 15,000. There will be trophies for best director, scriptwriter, editor and cinematographer.

As of now, organisers have received 40 entries. They will be whittled down to 25 for the screening.

Six films have come from budding directors in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. But the competition category has been restricted to Jharkhand filmmakers only.

The jury panel will select films for weekend screening at SNTI Auditorium.

“We are open to any kind of language or dialect in film-making. But the films need to have English subtitles for reaching out to a cosmopolitan audience,” Mittal said.

This is the second time that the Society and Media Mantra have teamed up for such a festival to promote short film in Jamshedpur.

The Society also organises another short film festival in association with Calcutta’s Take 5 Communications.

“The short film festival received immense response last year. That’s why we got motivated to continue with it,” Mittal signed off.

Recently, Bollywood had embarked upon an experimental offering — Bombay Talkies — which paid a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema by stringing together four short films by four eminent directors Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap.

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