In a fillip to short films, MSFF back in India

  • Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 17:55 IST

If the rise in the number of short film screenings in the city is anything to go by, there is a growing demand for the genre among audiences here. Continuing with the trend, the Manhattan Short Film Festival (MSFF) is set to come to India for the fifth successive year. The festival, is held simultaneously across continents over a week. It will be held in the city from October 3 to 5.

"The short film industry is growing. Our opening talk at the festival this year is about the boom of the genre in India. With the advent of technology, and access to film-making tools, everyone has a story to tell. Today, you do not have to wait to tell your story on the big screen. Your short film can be screened at multiple platforms, many of which can also be monetised," says Anil Sadarangani, festival director, MSFF.

The fact that MSFF has no jury members sets it apart from other fests. The audience doubles as the jury; they are handed voting cards during the screenings. At the end of the films, they vote for the one they feel deserves the award. "It's the ultimate award any film-maker can hope for -- the audience award. We believe that movies are made for the viewers, so they must choose the winner," says Sadarangani.

This year, the competitive festival will showcase works from India, Mexico, France, Australia, Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Also, this edition will host a set of workshops focusing on topics like queer shorts, editing of short films, and more.

Top picks
* Shift (Australia): The film is about a genius who invents a sophisticated device that gives him a super power for the perfect heist.
* 97% (Netherlands): The story follows a man who tries to track down a potential love interest on a crowded train using a smartphone app.
* The Bravest, The Boldest (USA): The film shows a mother who tries to avoid two army officers who are ready to deliver to her the worst news of her life.
* Rhino Full Throttle (Germany): This experimental film is about a man who meets a woman, who unlocks his heart.
* Crime (USA): It's a graphic-novel-style documentary about the havoc that crimes create in any city.

The festival will be held from October 3 to 5, at Sitara Studio, Dadar (W), from 2 pm. Entry is free.

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