‘Framed’ together

This upcoming international short film festival that will take place in Bengaluru on October 24 and 25 will see short filmmakers
Who wouldn’t love a master class from the famed Hollywood cinematographer Chase Bowman? How about discussing your potential celluloid ideas with Imtiaz Ali, India’s Daughter director Leslee Udwin or pioneer of parallel cinema Nagabharana? Apparently, it’s now possible in Bengaluru at the upcoming Rolling Frames International Short Film Festival on October 24 and 25 at the Manpho Convention Centre. This touted platform in its third edition is all set to have filmmakers and aficionados alike, showcase their talent and beat ideas off of each other.
“Our main objective through this platform was to expose the work of filmmakers, educate those who didn’t know about the medium and to help raise funds for promising films,” says Harsha Setty GR, the president of Rolling Frames Film Society. Seeing that there are limited avenues for making, marketing and screening short films, this particular property was founded in 2013. That was then. Now, with over 1,012 films from 51 countries across the globe and films to bring about awareness on mental health as a special theme, the competition is only getting tougher. With the British Council presenting seven BAFTA nominated short films at the festival, this year has become a crowd-puller. “It’s not only to recognise the value of nurturing diversity and talent of short filmmakers but also to identify new opportunities for collaboration between UK and India,” says Leighton Ernsberger, British Council, assistant director, skills.
What Bengaluru is most excited about are the newer additions. “These films are not available on DVDs or torrents, which is why most people try to catch these screenings. For students like us, they also offer a discount which makes it worth the while. This year, aside of the art exhibit that also features MF Hussain’s celebrated works, there’s a pitching forum to pitch ideas to producers and distributors, a master class to hone skills and experience zones that introduce technological developments in the field,” says Pragati Shah, a student of Mount Carmel College who will be attending the festival for the second time in a row.
This, along with a chance to meet RangiTaranga director Anup Bhandari, Anees Bazmee, Yograj Bhat, Grammy Award-winner Ricky Kej, Namratha Rao and Sandeep Marwah amongst others is another draw card. “The short film is viewed as a product and nobody knows what went into it. This not only gives filmmakers like me a chance to share our experiences but to also gather intel on what the audience expect. At the end of the day, such a festival had to emerge as a movement, not remain a momentary experience. And that’s what this is,” says 29-year-old Madan Ram Venkatesh, a filmmaker whose earlier film, U-Turn scored big across international film festivals and who will for this edition of Rolling Frames, showcase ABC, a film that symbolises a changing India.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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