Amateur filmmakers showcase short films

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 21:36 IST

With the increasing influence of movies on the masses, many young amateur art lovers have evinced more interest in film making. Supported and guided by a Mumbai-based Institute of Moving Images (IMI), four amateurs and students screened their shortfilms at the Chandigarh Press Club on Wednesday.

The audience was in appreciation for films like 'Kastoori' by Renu Khanna, a city-based architect; "Shareing" by Sagai, an HR professional from Citibank, whose movie has been nominated in the competitive section of National Student Film Award 2014 organised by the ministry of information and broadcasting at SRFTI, Kolkata. "Mind-Life Dream" by Vishrut Singh, an engineering student, and "Truth or Dare" by Nirnimesh Dubey, a Supreme Court lawyer, whose film was selected for the best screenplay awards at the recently held International Film festival, were also screened.

These films were made during the 12 sessions of IMI's Filmmaking Foundation Workshop held at various locations across India. Present at the screening were Nirnimesh Dubey and the lead actress of 'Kastoori' - Ritika and executives of IMI, the institute grooming amateur film makers.

Later, IMI director Gargi Nandi, also a known TV producer actress, said,"There is a growing demand for trained film professionals in different sectors of the economy like ad agencies, film industry, TV industry, news channels, etc.

The problem is that there is a dearth of professionally-managed institutes that can train this kind of manpower. IMI has therefore launched a two-month weekend film making foundation certificate workshop for film enthusiasts and students of tricity in association with the Alliance Francaise (AF) an Indo-French Cultural Centre in Chandigarh, which will start at the AF on October 12."

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