Dec. 22: If you love watching movies, yet are wary of spending three long hours glued to your seat inside a movie hall, then the 8th ADDA Short Film Festival is the place for you.
The film festival, to be held at the Gauhati Commerce College auditorium here tomorrow, is likely to draw movie buffs in large numbers.
First held in 2004, the festival organised by the socio-cultural organisation ADDA every year, has managed to win accolades from the public over the years.
Short movies made by filmmakers from different parts of the country as well as abroad will be screened during the daylong film festival. A total of 25 films will be screened, comprising 17 shortlisted films and 8 other films especially invited by the organisers.
“Like the previous years, upcoming as well as experienced filmmakers from across the country and abroad will showcase their work. From an entry of 60 short films, our jury members have shortlisted 17 movies in both fictional and non-fictional categories. Each film will be screened for 15 minutes and they portray different topics of interest,” said Debojit Gayan, secretary of ADDA.
The shortlisted filmmakers are Meghali Deka, Rishi Barua, Deep Jyoti Handique, Parikshit Dutta, Chida Bora, Rishik Barua, Deep Jyoti Kakati, Sandeep Verma, Sanjib Sarkar, Anjana, Kangkan Rajkhowa, Ranjan Bora, Monami Sen Roy, Nayan Saikia and Monalisha.
The guest filmmakers are Chaitanya Tamhane from Mumbai, Issam Echchikh from Algeria, Mansour Foruzesh from Iran, Gaurav Panjwani from Mumbai, Angshuman Barkataky from Assam and Saptaraj Chakraborty from Delhi. A film made by the MGR Government Film and Television Institute from Tamil Nadu will also be shown.
“There are many talented filmmakers who are unable to make feature films for lack of funds. But such film festivals provide them with a platform to showcase their work. In fact, filmmakers making short movies now get ample opportunities to participate in international short film festivals across the globe,” Gayan said.
“Students undergoing different courses on filmmaking will get to interact with the filmmakers in person. They will be able to learn different techniques. With filmmakers from Algeria and Iran participating this time, we hope that we will be able to take this film festival to the international level. We have plans of bringing in more participants from different countries next year,” said Gayan.
The organisers also hoped that the state government would take an interest in such film festivals.
“It would be nice if the government was associated with such festivals as it would help revive the ailing film industry in the state. So far, we have not received any cooperation from the government,” Gayan said.