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Ghatshila: Vision 2020 goes virtual but the zest remains enthusiastic

Mail News Service

Kolkata/Ghatshila, Dec 23: The COVID- 19 pandemic has ushered in a new format of Film Festivals in 2020. The regular process of organizing such events physically has given way to virtual versions. All over the world, famous Film Festival Organizers this year have done them virtually. And many of the smaller and lesser known ones have called off their shows owing to lack of confidence on the viability of the virtual medium.

Ghatshila, a small industrial town in Jharkhand, however, has adapted the need-of-the-hour technology and is going ahead with a virtual version of VISION, the town’s annual short film festival. A joint initiative of Ghatshila based Creative Art Division and Kolkata’s TAKE5 Communications, the Short Film Festival began in 2013 and is now in its 8th year. Over the years, VISION has showcased creative works of several professional and budding film makers from across the country and particularly from Jharkhand. Special creative sessions with students from leading schools of Ghatshila have also been a part of this exercise.

VISION 2020 happens on December 26 from 6 pm to 7 pm and a repeat show on December 27 from 4 pm to 8 pm; through a customized link created on YouTube.

This year the Festival Closet will open with a tribute film to legendary Bengal actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay who passed away recently. The film has been directed by Abhishek Ganguli. Other films to follow include ‘HOPE’ by Partho Sarathi Manna, ‘AAR NA’ by Debajyoti Batabyal, ‘CALL TIME’ by Kiron Mukherjee, ‘EXPIRED’ by Rajat Ghosh and the closing film will be JIHAD by Tathagata Bhattacherjee. The select films have been a part of various film festivals across the globe and address relevant social issues.

Debraj Mukherjee of Creative Art Division and Tathagata Bhattacherjee of Take5 Communications are hopeful that the virtual edition of the film festival would set an example for small towns like Ghatshila to wake up to positive changes in technology and move forward.    

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