One of the better outcomes of the standoff between producers and multiplex owners is that it has given short filmmakers a chance to showcase their work on the big screen at a one-day festival at Fun Republic, Andheri on Wednesday.
Organised by Aarohi Film Society, the festival will showcase not only short films, but also animated and ad films, with awards for the best film in each category.
The jury comprises people from the mainstream industry like director Onir (of My Brother Nikhil), actor Vinay Pathak, film critic Mayank Shekhar as well as from the animation world like C.B. Arun and Kireet Khurana.
Mostly, short films are screened at makeshift venues with limited audience and young filmmakers find it difficult to make the cut.
“Earlier we had screenings at National College, but right now we can actually screen our films on the big screens,” said Gaurav Pandey, marketing head of the film society. “We received around 500 entries, and 40 films have been short listed, which include ad films, short films and animations.”
“Many directors are interested in making short films, they just don’t know where to start from. Though the awareness has increased, we need to do more,” said Cyrus Dastur, founder of Shamiana film club.
Shamiana recently launched a ‘Movie Banao Contest’ to give people a chance to showcase their work — through a three to five minute film — free of cost. “Just the fact that we have got around 1,000 entries shows how popular short filmmaking is,” said Dastur.