The two-day Shimla Film Festival-2014, which is slated to begin April 12, has received 94 entries in two categories — ‘Himachal filmmakers’ and ‘open’ (others). Ravinder Makhaik, director of Himachal Media Pvt Ltd, which is organising the event, said, “The response this time has been much better than we had anticipated. Of the entries received by the last date (March 25), 43 are by filmmakers from the state and the rest by others”.
He added in the local filmmakers’ category, six feature films, 15 short films, 12 documentaries, 8 music videos and 2 short spots have been entered in the festival, while there were no entries in the corporate promotional category.
In the music video section for the state filmmakers category, two entries were received from the United States, he added. “In the open category we have received seven feature films, 20 short films, 22 documentaries, one corporate film and one music video, but no spots,” Makhaik said.
In the ‘open’ category, reputed organizations, such as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’ media centre, have submitted entries for the festival, besides those from regional and national cinema and others screened internationally.
“The enthusiastic response has partially fulfilled one of the objectives we had in mind when the event was planned: It has encouraged Himachal filmmakers to participate in a large number. There are many talented filmmakers in the state who need support and appreciation,” Makhaik added.
Two awards in each category will be selected by an independent jury comprising filmmaker Vivek Mohan, journalist Rakesh Lohumi and photographer Sanjay Austa. In the open category, filmmakers will not compete for awards but the best films will get a commendation and be screened during the festival.
Governor Urmila Singh will be the chief guest at the award ceremony on April 13.