Twilight Film Festival Awards

JURY EXHILIRATED WITH STANDARD OF STUDENT FILMS

 A Report by BB Nagpal

 

 

 

New Delhi, 16 December: Even as no film was found suitable for the Best Short Film Award in the Professional Category of the Twilight 2008 Competitive Festival of Short Films, every member of the two juries lead by renowned filmmakers Mani Kaul and Reena Mohan agreed that the Students’ category had left them pleasantly surprised.

In the Professional’s category, the best Screenplay (Fiction) award was given to Jugal Kishore Tayal who made his film ‘Best Friend’s Promise’ with a handycam. The film has been produced by Dark Wizard. The Screenplay award for Animation went to ‘H2O’ by Nilesh Nevgi for SCNN Production. ‘Sujan Bandhu – a Day with a Boatman’ by Viplab Majumdar received the best script award for a documentary. In the professional awards, there was special mention of a biographical film on ‘Lenin’ by Arunava Ganguly.

The Professional category awards were given away by eminent filmmaker Shyam Benegal while the Students’ awards were presented by senior script-writer and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in the presence of veteran film critic Aruna Vasudev who was the Chief Guest and jury members who included Madan Gopal Singh, Gargi Sen, Namrata Joshi and Amit Sengupta.

The best student film award went to ‘Tran Eka Tran’ by Ashtha Gohil while Murli Manohar got the best director award for ‘Karan Motcham’. ‘Antaral’ by Ujjwal Utkarsh received a Special mention.

‘The Last Act’ by Madhavi Tangella of SRFTI (Kolkata) got the screenplay award while ‘The Last Board’ by N Sundar received special mention in the screenplay category. ‘Trip’ by Emannuel Quindo Palo of FTII, Pune, received the Best Script award. ‘In Transit’ by Arunima Sharma from FTII, Pune, received a special mention for script and also the best camera and sound award.

Priyanka Chhabra of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad won two awards. Her film ‘The Furnished Room’ got the editing award while ‘Say no to Plastics’ got a special mention in the animation category. ‘Printing Mistake’ by M Kannan of FTII, Chennai, getting a special mention for editing and ‘Solo’ by Anjali Nayar of NID, Ahmedabad, was adjudged the best animation film.

The Competitive Festival organized by the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication was held as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival, the signature festival of Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Aruna Vasudev said the short film genre had received a lot of recognition all over the world. Shyam Benegal said it was not a very popular genre in India but was fast catching on with newer technologies. Funding and exhibition continued to be stumbling blocks. Anurag Kashyap said the short film allowed the filmmaker ‘to do his own thing’. But he agreed that this format needed a platform. DIAF Director Pratibha Prahlad said the Festival with 35 segments in 24 days had become a major platform for the youth. Ms Daljeet Wadhwa of the Centre said the Festival had proved that young people were ready to experiment with all techniques.

Mani Kaul expressed dissatisfaction with the professionals’ category but said the students held out a lot of promise. Reena Mohan wanted the students to pay greater attention to original soundtracks.

Earlier during the discussions held between 11 and 15 December, young filmmakers said Festivals not only help them to exhibit their film, but also share experiences and enter into co-production ventures with filmmakers from other parts of the country. Many participants said the experience had enriched them and encouraged them to make more films in the same genre.

Twilight was held at the India Islamic Cultural Centre and the Alliance Francaise, showcasing around sixty shorts made by students and budding filmmakers from India competing for awards for cinematic excellence in two separate competitions.

In addition, a new activity had been introduced for panel discussions every afternoon during the Festival. “Aestheshorts” included debates and discussions about aesthetics, form, technology and marketing of short film genre. This was done by taking up different aspects of this genre such as content, form, technology (digital format) and marketing.

 

CONVEYING EFFECTIVE MESSAGES IN SHORT SUCCINCT FORMS 

New Delhi, 13 December: The Short film is a comparatively new genre in India. With newer technologies and shorter attention spans, it has become necessary for filmmakers to convey their messages in short succinct ways that are convincing and realistic and not fanciful. Young filmmakers today are changing the paradigm of feature length cinema narrative to short, quick films where a story has to be told in as less as 10 to 20 minutes.

Twilight, organized by the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, is a film festival exclusively meant for short films in India. Being held in Alliance Francaise and the India Islamic Cultural Centre from 11th to 15th December 2008, it is showcasing around sixty shorts made by students and budding film makers from India who compete for awards for their cinematic excellence.

Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication promotes individual growth with emphasis on deeper understanding of creative expressions and mass media. It is aimed at equipping students to join the industry with confidence, innovative thinking and ample technical skills. The Centre conducts one - year professional programmes in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Television Production, Film Production and Creative Photography. The curriculum is a blend of theory and workshops conducted in arrangement with reputed academicians and leading professionals from the industry.

The Competitive Festival is being held as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival, the signature festival of Delhi. The festival was inaugurated in a simple function attended among others by renowned filmmaker Mani Kaul, veteran film critic Aruna Vasudev, and the Sri Aurobindo Society (Delhi) Chairperson Ranjit Puri.

In this year’s edition of Twilight, there are two separate competition sections for student filmmakers with 36 films and professional filmmakers with 20 films. These are short features of up to 20 minutes duration or non-features of up to 30 minutes duration. Awards comprising cash and trophies will be given in different categories.

The jury for the professional filmmakers is headed by the eminent filmmaker Mani Kaul with Madan Gopal Singh and Gargi Sen as members while the students jury has Namrata Joshi, Reena Mohan, and Amit Sengupta.

In addition, a new activity has been introduced for panel discussions every afternoon during the Festival. “Aestheshorts” includes debates and discussions about aesthetics, form, technology and marketing of short film genre. This is being done by taking up different aspects of this genre such as content, form, technology (digital format) and marketing. For more details, visit www.saimc.com/twilight08.

The opening film was ‘Setu’ by Shyamal Karmakar about the effect of modernization of human spaces, while the closing film ‘Purana Virama’ by Ujjwal Utkarsh shows the rhythmic disembowelment of a minibus.

While the films in the professional competition show the brevity with which some of the filmmakers have told their tales, those in the students competition is an eye-opener showing how students are concerned with contemporary domestic and world issues and the means they find to express their feelings.

The professionals’ films include ‘Distant Rumblings’ by Bani Prakash Das about discoveries made in the jungles of Nagaland of armaments of World War II vintage, ‘Children of the River: The Xihus of Assam’ produced by Sanjay Hazarika, ‘The Choice’ by Abhinav Tripathi, ‘A Drop of Golden Sun’ by Antara G G Choudhury, and ‘Morality TV and the Loving Jehad’ by Paromita Vohra.

The awards will be given as follows:

STUDENT CATEGORY

Best Film

Best Director (fiction/animation/documentary)

Best Screenplay (fiction/animation)

Best Script (documentary)

Best Camerawork

Best Sound

Best Editing

Best Animation

 

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY

Best Film

Best Film (Critics' Choice)

Best Screenplay (fiction/animation)

Best Script (documentary)

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