Jamshedpur, Nov. 23: Protection of wild life, women’s self defense, and mental health, misreading of religion, women empowerment, depression, child discrimination and physical disability are some of the issues of the short films that form the closet of ‘SHORTS 2015’ – 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 first began in Jamshedpur in 2008 and was the first ever short film festival for the steel city. Gradually, it became an annual event thanks to the overwhelming response from the people and the media. This year, the festival is in its 8th edition and it is steadily marching towards a decade.
‘SHORTS 2015’ has a unique blend of films by professionals, budding and student film makers. Altogether 23 films will be screened this year, the duration of each film ranges from just 2 minutes to 30 minutes; languages being Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi and silent films. There is a film in foreign language as well, in Arabic. 15 out of the 23 films are from Jamshedpur.
The purpose of the festival has always been to showcase the creative works of budding as well as 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 filmmakers 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 filmmakers 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 in Kolkata, participating with their student film ‘Through the Prism’ and there is the city’s very own Karim City College of Mass Communication, which will be present with their film ‘U.S.P.’ One of Jamshedpur’s leading schools DBMS English School is also a participant with their film ‘Nobody’s Child.’
‘Jihad’ by Tathagata Bhattacherjee, ‘Mind Matters’ by Abhishek Ganguli, ‘Bondhu’by Debajyoti Batabyal, ‘Hatasha’ by Kiron Mukherjee, ‘Khwaish’ by Md. Nizam and ‘R.I.P. MAGGIE’ by Saurabh Suman Jha are some of the films made by professionals that will be screened at the festival.
‘SHORTS 2015’ will take place on November 28 and 29 from 5.00 p.m. each day at the Centre for Excellence (CFE).