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Jam packed weekend for Steel city movie buffs

Jamshedpur, Nov 27: Movie lovers of Steel City can have an entertaining weekend with the beginning of the annual short film festival at the Centre for Excellence near Jubilee Park from November 29.

‘SHORTS’ an exhibition of short films is a collaboration of Jamshedpur based SPPE (Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence) and Kolkata based Take5 Communications. The festival which began in 2008 is now in its seventh year.

SHORTS 2014 has a unique blend of films by professionals, budding and student film makers. Twenty films would be screened this year, the duration of each film ranges from 3 min. to 30 min.; languages being Hindi, English, Bengali and some are silent films. Films are from Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Jamshedpur, said Tathagata Bhattacherjee, Acclaimed director and CEO of Take5 Communications.

“Our main motive is to give platform to the local film makers were we showcase interesting and burning issues of the society along with the creative works of budding and student film makers especially from Jharkhand and give them a platform thus enabling them to move forward in film making”, added Tathagata.

Talking about Jamshedpur, director said that city has a lot of talent but the budding filmmakers need platform to showcase their flair. “We received 25 entries for the festival from Steel city and our creative panel shortlisted seven films which will be screened in the two day festival”, director added.

Tathagata went on to say that apart from films by regular film makers what has been encouraging for the festival right from its inception is the participation of Educational Institutions with their student films.

This year one of the leading schools of Kolkata La Martiniere for Boys has participated with its award winning student film SILENT FOOTSTEPS which talks about environment protection and there is the city’s very own Karim City College of Mass Communication which is there with the film SORRY, a film voicing against suicides.

Jenny Shah of Centre For Excellence said that we started the festival from CFE and later screened the movies at SNTI Auditorium for 3 years and again we are back to the same venue. The festival over the years has grown and Tata Steel in particular has many more events lined up in the future.

Goutam Shankar from Take5 Communications said despite lack of infrastructure the festival showcases some of the best movies of the country and can compete with the best in the industry.

“Short films are important for the budding directors who want to make it big in the industry as you have to tell the story in less time and this festival provides ample exposure”, Goutam Shankar signed off.

This time 20 films will be screened including ten from Kolkata, two from Mumbai, one from Bangalore and seven from Jamshedpur while the inaugural film will be Nasserudin Shah starrer Int. Café-Night (Hindi/13 min) directed by Adhiraj Bose.

This film which is on relationship has been screened and awarded at various National and International festivals. NO ENTRY by Tathagata Bhattacherjee will also be screened.

SHORTS 2014 happens on 29 and 30 November 2014 from 5.30 p.m. each day at the Centre for Excellence (CFE) and, as always, promises to be draped with a touch of style and loads of soul.

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