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Delhi to host festival of short films

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 14:20 IST
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Cine buffs in the capital will get to see a selection of 50 short films at a three-day festival, Twilight 07, from Wednesday.

The festival will start with the Indo-Belgian co-production Akhnoor, a film on terrorism by Sudipto Sen, which stars Yashpal Sharma in the main lead. It will be followed by Anurag Kashyap's When God said Cheers featuring Tom Alter and Cyrus Dastur.

The closing film Friday will be Gitanjali Rao's award winning animation film Printed Rainbow. The 15-minute film won the critic's award at Cannes Film Festival in 2006.

Organised by the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication, 50 short films in the festival will be screened under two sections - open and competitive. All the screenings will be held at the India International Centre and Alliance Francaise.

"Twilight is primarily aimed at students and young filmmakers," said Shankhajeet De, festival coordinator and a teacher of filmmaking at the Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication.

"Our endeavour is to encourage young talent by providing a platform for budding filmmakers and filmmaking students across the country to showcase their creativity and tell a story in 30 minutes. The basic idea of the short films is to experiment with a little money and get recognised," Shankhajeet said in a statement.

Some of the films short listed for the open section are: Reflections by Bejoy Nambiar starring Mohan Lal and Juhi Babbar, Printed Rainbow by Gitanjali Rao, Little Terrorist by Ashvin Kumar, Cherry on the Top by Ayesha Sood and Nitya Mehra and Right Here Right Now by Anand Gandhi.

A panel of jury chaired by K. Bikram Singh and comprising Deepa Gahlot, Kunal Jhaveri, Siddhrath Srinivasan and K. Karthikeyan will judge the films in the competitive section for eight categories - best direction (fiction/documentary), script (documentary), screenplay (fiction), animation film, cinematography, videography, audiography, editing and mobile films.

The winners will get a cash award as well as trophies. Twilight has also organised buyers who will offer distribution rights for films of merit.

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