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Shorts 2016 begins today, 17 films to be screened

Jamshedpur, Dec. 2: The annual short film festival Shorts 2016, which has been providing platform to the budding filmmakers of Jharkhand, is back.

This year ‘Shorts’ organized by Jamshedpur-based SPPE (Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence) and Kolkata-based Take 5 Communications will be held on 3 and 4 December at Centre for Excellence (CFE).

Education for women, Mental Health, Tuberculosis awareness, Poverty, Bribery, Cleanliness, Racism and River pollution are some of the issues of short films that form the closet of SHORTS 2016, the two-day annual short film festival of the steel city.

Tathagata Bhattacherjee, CEO of Take 5 Communications, said, this film festival has a unique blend of films by professionals, budding and student film makers.

Altogether 17 films will be screened this year, the duration of each film ranges from just 2 minutes to 30 minutes; languages being Hindi, English, Bengali and silent films. There is a film in foreign language as well, in Arabic. Eight out of the 17 films are from Jamshedpur.

Seven from Kolkata while two films are by budding directors from New Delhi. The short film festival will be inaugurated on Saturday evening where Ashish Mathur, managing director, Jusco will be present as the chief guest. The inaugural event will be anchored by Goutam Shankar, chief coordinator of ‘Shorts’.

Addressing a joint press conference at CFE on Friday, Tathagata Bhattacharjee and Marilyn Anklesaria, chief, CFE, said, there is a huge pool of talented filmmakers in Jharkhand and what they need is a platform to showcase their skills which we have been providing them since the year 2008. The festival, now in its 9th year, is the first ever short film festival in Jamshedpur which became an annual event thanks to the overwhelming response from the People over the years.

Many of these films have been screened in leading film festivals of the country. The select films are all based on issues that need to be addressed, Bhattacherjee said. He went on to say that ‘Shorts’ is not a competition but a festival which helps budding directors to learn a lot from professionals.

La Martiniere for Boys, a leading school of Kolkata, is participating in this festival for the third consecutive year now, with their student film HUE AM I and there is the city’s very own Karim City College of Mass Communication with their films CHOCOLATE and FULL MARKS.

Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi is participating for the first time in this festival with their student film APPLE. MIND MATTERS (by Abhishek Ganguli), AMI BANCHTE CHAI (by Debajyoti Batabyal), ANKUR (by Shatrughan Singh), KAAYANTARAN (by Shiv Kr. Prasad) and YOUNG INDIA (by Saurabh Suman Jha) are some of the films made by professional film makers.

Short film is the way towards commercial big budget films and ‘Shorts’ has provided this to several of the professional film makers who are currently working in Bollywood, Tollywood and TV serials, added Bhattacherjee.

SHORTS 2016 happens on 3 and 4 December 2016 from 5.00 p.m. each day at the Centre for Excellence (CFE).

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