Jamshedpur, Nov. 27: 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 annual short film festival of the steel city.
‘SHORTS’ is a collaboration of Jamshedpur based SPPE (Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence) and Kolkata based TAKE 5 COMMUNICATIONS. The festival, now in its 9th year, began in 2008 and was the first ever short film festival in Jamshedpur which became an annual event thanks to the overwhelming response from the People and the Press over the years.
SHORTS 2016 has a unique blend of films by professionals, budding and student film makers. 17 films would be screened this year, the duration of each film ranges from 2 min. to 30 min.; languages being Hindi, English, Bengali, and some are silent films. 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.
The purpose of the festival has always been to showcase 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.
Screening works of professional film makers help the amateur ones to learn and set goals for themselves. Over the years ‘SHORTS’ has transformed many first –timers into professional film makers who are today working in different parts of the country. The success of this festival has nurtured a whole new bunch of very talented film makers here in Jamshedpur and they are experimenting with burning issues in their films.
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. The trend continues this year as well with La Martiniere for Boys, a leading school of Kolkata, 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.
SHORTS 2016 happens on 03 and 04 December 2016 from 5.00 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.