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Young minds at work

entertainment Updated: Aug 22, 2011 01:28 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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What better way than films to engage young artists in socially relevant issues? A unique festival, which encourages the youth to put some thought into issues of national interest and gives them an opportunity to make a film on it, is being organised in the Capital.

The second two-day International Young Film Makers Festival 2011, which kicks off tomorrow, will organise screening of short films made by young filmmakers on a host of hard-hitting themes such as HIV/AIDS and the challenge of adolescence education, child rights, substance abuse, disability and global warming, among others.

"This time we dedicate this festival to legendary filmmakers Guru Dutt and Satyajit Ray. The festival is for young ignited minds who are willing to present their take on themes which are otherwise considered topics of relevance for the adults," says Dr Jitendra Nagpal, organiser of the festival.

The first day of the festival will be marked by the screening of films shortlisted from more than 35 entries, followed by discussion and comments by the judges. "From writing the script, deciding the graphics to using the camera, the entire film will be the work of the youngsters," says Dr Nagpal.

Day two will host workshops for the participants with experts on the panel discussing the role and use of media. "We have received a lot of queries from the participants on topics such as yellow journalism and sensationalism of news, so we thought what better way than this platform to address these questions," he says.