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VISION – ’22: A decade of growing romance with short film mastercraft

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Ghatshila, Dec 6: The 10th edition of VISION, the Annual Short Film Festival in Ghatsila, ended successfully with the audience wanting for more. Held at Bibhuti Mancha on the 3rd and 4th of December, VISION 2022 screened fifteen films in Hindi, Bengali and English languages with a few silent category presentations in a span of two days. The films in this year’s VISION gift basket were crafted by professional and upcoming filmmakers from Mumbai, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and one three minute student film from London Film Academy.

As per the format of the Film Festival, the first day was exclusively for students wherein five films were screened before select students from different schools of Ghatsila. The films screened were BUCKET LIST (Hindi) by Mini Pandey, HELP (English) by Aishwarya Das, OUR DUTY FOR NATURE – FUTURE (Silent) by Utpal Chakraborty, ART ‘N BEYOND (Hindi) by Nikhil Sharda and FAIR (Hindi-English) by Shyam Kumar. After the screenings there was an interactive session with the students which was the highlight of the show. The students expressed their opinions on the themes and how they were dealt with by the filmmakers. The students’ reactions were heartening as they reflected the growing interest among them in films and filmmaking.

 The second and concluding day of VISION – ’22 was open to general masses, movie buffs and serious film critics of the township and nearby localities including prominent theatre and film  actors Siddhartha Sen and Dipika Banerjee and of course, critically acclaimed young actor, writer and director Vivek Upadhyay whose celluloid creations have been hailed by the general movie lovers and connoisseurs with one example of his creative concept, ‘Pravasi’ that ignited the fire of excitement among the audience. The response on both days of full house audiences made things comfortably warmer amidst the winter chill outside.

Among the films screened were PRAVASI (in Hindi by Vivek Upadhyay), LOCKED (in Bengali by Abhishek Ganguly), BHETKI (in Bengali by Dona Roy), LET’S PLAY THE GAME (in English by Meet Vasudevan), JOBA (in Bengali) by Rik Chatterjee), GOOD GIRL (Hindi by Prasenjit Mahato), THE STEPS (Silent by Mridul Pal), JONMODIN (in Bengali by Sudip Chatterjee), JUDDHO – THE WAR (in Bengali by Sourav Pal) and HAPPINESS (Silent by Jit Dutta).

Debraj Mukherjee of CREATIVE ART DIVISION, Ghatshila and Tathagata Bhattacherjee of TAKE5 COMMUNICATIONS, Kolkata, sounded upbeat as the Event Organizers because the Film Festival has been able to complete a decade with a firm commitment towards excellence at all times.

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