Many young filmmakers dream of having a big platform to flaunt their skills and explore their creativity though their films. For this, The Department of Communication Studies (DCS), Savitribai Phule Pune University, is organising the 4th National Short Film Festival, which is all set to kick-start in the city on February 19, 2015.
The idea for the DCS Short Film Festival grew out of a need to nurture students, film enthusiasts and young filmmakers by enabling them to practice their craft within a public and professional domain. The Annual DCS Short Film Festival intends to bridge the gap between the industry and filmmakers, giving opportunities for them to showcase their work.
Established in 1990, DCS hits an important milestone this year; 2015 is the Silver Jubilee Year for the Department. DCS is proving to be a hub for bringing together filmmakers, students, producers, critics and experts from the industry. As an institution, DCS aims to create a platform for unexplored and young talent, thus creating a niche in the arena of short film festivals all across the country.
The film festival will open with a documentary ‘Babai’ made by city-based couple Kavita Datir and Amit Sonawane. Babai has won the Best Short Documentary Award at the recent International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. A Kashmiri short film titled ‘Tamaash’ directed by Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh will be the closing film of the festival. The film has won awards at different film festivals around the world and also has received a National Award.
The panel of judges include renowned directors- Umesh Kulkarni, Sumitra Bhave and Mahesh Limaye. Along with screening the films, the filmmakers will also have interactive sessions with the jury members.
The eligibility criteria for participation require the filmmaker to be in the age group of 15 – 35 years and the film should not exceed beyond 30 minutes in length. The film can be of any genre, but the entry of the film can be fiction or nonfiction. All non-English films must have English sub-titles for festival presentation. The short film must have been completed post 1 January 2014.
Participants will receive awards in the categories of Direction, Screenplay Writing, Cinematography, Editing and Audience Choice Awards. Cash prizes will be given out to the best film showcased at the festival. Participants can send in their entries on or before 12th February 2015.
For registration, you can log on to – www.unipune.ac.in./dcsfilmfestival or contact Suraj Jagdale – 9049575988