An initiative started by the students of The Department of Communication Studies (DCS), Savitribai Phule Pune University, the one day national short film festival saw the screening of 19 short films made by amateur filmmakers across the country.
Over a hundred of entries were received from across the country, which were judged by Mr. Sunil Sukthankar, Umesh Kulkarni and Mr. Mahesh Limaye. The event began with the inauguration session with Mr. Prakaash Magdum as the chief guest. Along with him, the inaugural address was given by Mr. Samar Nakhate, Mr. Vishram Dhole and the head of the department Dr. Madhavi Reddy. As DCS completes 25 years of its establishment in 2015, the morning session focused on expansion of scope of filmmaking as a process for amateurs. Also, Pune being the perfect epicentre, learn and explore the talent of filmmaking. The speakers stressed upon the magic that lies in story telling through audio-visual as a medium.
The event moved forward with its opening documentary “Babai”, made by city-based couple Kavita Datir and Amit Sonawane. It proceeded with the screening of 17 short films falling under the competition section for the day. Two films made by the students of DCS were also screened.
The evening ended with the closing film “Tamash” made by the brother duo Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh applauded globally.
The event was concluded with the prize distribution ceremony where short films were awarded for categories like Screenplay, Direction, Cinematography and Editing. The best film for the evening was ”Cycle”, a story that deals with a father and son relationship and how it takes a turn with an incident that changes their lives. The first runner up was “Udi”, a humorous yet insightful film that tells the viewers a story of a small village boy overcoming his fears. The best cinematography was awarded to the film “Because of Her”, a story that revolves around a young man who is stuck in his past because of two dreadful life changing events. The best editing and special audience choice award was given to “Little Hands”, a silent film made by a student of FTII. It explores the strong friendship between two young school going children.
Thus this year’s Lights, Camera, and Action: DCS National Film Festival, ended with an overwhelming response from both the audiences as well as filmmakers who sent in their films to be showcased on a platform that encourages this stream.