The 9th International Short Film Festival of India (ISFFI) took off on a glorious note on 25th March 2015, at Shree Annai Theatres, Abirami Mega Mall, Purusaiwakkam, Chennai unrolling a vibrant selection of short films, documentaries and animations. Number of dignitaries and film directors, were present at the inaugural ceremony to kick-start this year’s festival. Out of the 1150 entries that came in for the festival from 66 countries, 66 short films have been selected to be screened for this two day festival.
After the traditional lighting of the Kuthuvilakku by the dignitaries and the words of welcome by Ms. Anne Colaso, the festival coordinator, Rev. Harris, the festival director and founder, gave the rationale of this initiative, and expressed his contentment on seeing the 9th edition saying, “What came in a small way has grown so much in these nine years, and I can see a great boom in this genre of short films. They have indeed become a powerful medium of communication, education, empowerment and entertainment”
The Celebrities and Guests of honour who took part in the inaugural ceremony of ISFFI were Rev. Deva Joe Sdb , Vice Chairman – DB Institutions, Director SS Stanley, Director M. Perarasu , Director Ram Prakash, Director, & Film Critic Cable Shankar, Actor & Director Aruldoss , Cameraman C.J.Rajkumar, Cameraman Deepak and Editor Sabu Joseph.All the dignitaries gave their views on the role of Short films and the impact it has created in today’s society, specially among the younger generation.
Rev. Deva Joe was his inspiring self, highlighting the necessity of social consciousness that each filmmaker should have in his/her creation. Director SS Stanley in his address applauded the efforts of DBICA and his joy in constantly participating in ISFFI every year. Director Perarasu, recalled his long years of training as Assistant director, before he could make his debut as a filmmaker, and that such process could be easily bypassed today, if one had a short film today. Director Ram Prakash also mentioned that his short film paved the way for his recent Tamil feature film, and that film makers should keep a good sample of their creativity ready to attract and impress any producer. Noted film critic Cable Shankar, mentioned his association with DBICA for many years, and his experiences in having participated in many short film festivals. He also pointed out the irony, that while feature films were gradually becoming short and shorter, short films on the other hand were also becoming feature films.
Cameraman C.J. Raj Kumar, expressed his joy in coming back to a DBICA initiative, as his first short film Ayesha was specially screened and promoted by DBICA many years back. He exhorted the young minds, to create that which can excel and challenge. Veteran Scriptwriter, Actor and Director Ramdhass, appreciated the efforts of the short film makers and stressed that while film making could be looked at with commercial and vested interests, equal or more effort should be made on the part of the filmmaker to contribute to the society, in some constructive way.
Director and Actor Aruldoss also was in his humorous self, challenging the young short film makers to create stories that can powerfully communicate life’s messages and incite social and personal transformation. Cameraman Deepak also wished all the participants great learning and fun in viewing the 66 short films presented for the two days. Editor Sabu Joseph also expressed his joy in discovering the power of short films in today’s scenario, and expressed great hopes mounting in the genre of short films.
The first day of screening comprised a good selection of 30 short films, animation films and documentaries. The theatre was house full with a good number of viewers waiting to enter in. Thousands of young people and short film lovers flocked to the theatre, keeping it house full the whole day. Day one of ISFFI Season 9, brought in lot of new positive energy, specially through the active participation of visual communication students and hundreds of short film makers.
Brewing for ISFFI 2015
The 9th International Short Film Festival of India (ISFFI) hits the screens on 25th & 26th March 2015, at Shree Annai Theatres, Abirami Mega Mall, Purusaiwakkam, Chennai unrolling a vibrant selection of short films, documentaries and animations. ISFFI 2015 is an amazing visual treat, picking the best of the best from the 1150 entries that came in for the festival from more than 66 countries.
This two-day festival, best known for its diverse and cosmopolitan balance of films including various genres like drama, documentaries, animation, comedy, science-fiction and mystery is a festive bonanza brought to you by Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts (DBICA) and Abirami Theatres Pvt Ltd. to all the film lovers, media critics, film theorists, film students, and all those associated with film production.
Short films are unique in terms of delivering powerful and realistic messages, inspiring and empowering content, using best creative techniques and capturing the audience in a very short span of time. ISFFI in line with her mission, showcases the best of world’s short films. This year’s short film extravaganza comprises of International short films from countries like Australia, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, USA, Iceland, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Oman, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA and Austria. Indian entries that came in for the festival were from Karnataka, Chennai, Mumbai, Haryana, Andhara Pradesh, Kerala and Kolkata.
The Celebrities and Guests of honour who will be participating in the festival on the 25th and 26th are Mr. Abirami Ramanathan – Managing Director, Abirami Theatres Pvt Ltd, Veteran Director & Editor Bhimsingh Lenin, Director Perarasu, Director E.Ramdass, Director Kathick Subburaj, Director Ram Prakash, Director A.R.Venkatesh, Director S.S. Stanley, Director & Film Critic Cable Shankar, Ex MP, Actor & Producer JK Rithesh, Cameraman C.J.Rajkumar, Film Editor Sabu Joseph, Cameraman Deepak, Music director Justin Prabhakaran, Director Ravi Maria and Director & Actor Aruldoss.
This Film Festival is organised in collaboration with International Film Festival groups like Promofest, Spain, Aug & Ohr Medien, Berlin, Fuldawa, Film Grapho, Click for festivals, Freak, Moviebeta, Fest Home. ISFFI has also a dynamic set of academic collaborators such as S.R.M. Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, Chennai, Don Bosco College of Art & Design, Department of Visual Communications – Sathyabama University, Department of Visual Communications – Madras Christian College, Alpha Group of Institutions, Bridge Academy and SIGA Polytechnic College. ISFFI continues to remain as Chennai’s unique and biggest short film festival offering an array of visual delight leaving the viewers enthralled.
The most awaited 8th International Short Film Festival of India (ISFFI) hit the screen on 28th March and run through 29th March unrolling a vibrant selection of 54 short films across the globe.
The inaugural function of the two-day festival commenced with a welcome note followed by lighting of Kuthuvilakku by the dignitaries at Abirami Mega Mall, Shree Annai (Chinese Theme Theatre), Purusaiwakkam, Chennai under the patronage of DBICA and Abirami Theatres Pvt Ltd.
In his welcome address, the festival director Fr. Harris summarized the contribution of the DBICA in promoting the ISFFI. He also said “we live in a speedy world which is both timing saving and more contributive and in short that which is short tends to be more effective both positively and negatively.”
The splendid array of dignitaries, who crowned the award ceremony of ISFFI 2014 were Mr. Abirami Ramanathan, Managing Director – Abirami Mega Mall, Mr. Brian M. Jennings – Hollywood VFX Director, Mr. K.M. Ravindran – Additional Director General, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting . Mr. Krishnamoorthy – Principal, MGR Film & Television Institue, Director & Actor Naveen, Director & Actor Ramakrishnan, Director GNR Kumaravelan, Director SS Stanley. Rev. Harris Pakkam, Festival Director – ISFFI, Rev. Sahayaraj, the principal of DBCAD, Rev. Rajan and Rev. David, the asst. director of DBICA.
Rev. Rajan presented the vote of thanks for the inaugural ceremony and Rev. David; the Asst.Director of DBICA presented the vote of thanks for awarding ceremony.
Mr. Abirami Ramanathan, the Managing director of Abirami Theatres Private Ltd, and President of Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owner’s Federation and Chennai City Film Exhibitor’s Association in his inaugural address congratulated DBICA for creating a rare platform for short films and appreciated the film directors present for the festival. He concluded with a request of conducting an exclusive Indian Short Film in the years to come. Prof. Director SS Stanley appreciated the unbreakable efforts manifested by DBICA in promoting the Short films. Director GNR Kumaravelan thanked DBICA to have created a rare platform to the budding filmmakers and film lovers and he insisted that the opportunities were spread out everywhere in the current era for the filmmakers but they ought to be sincere and hard working in achieving the target. Director & Actor Naveen sharing his personal experiences encouraged the gathering with a good message of “never losing hope until we achieve it and only in crises we tend to be creative and efficient to the maximum possible.”
Mr. K.M. Ravindran – Additional Director General, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting was appreciating the strenuous efforts taken by DBICA in promoting the ISFFI and highlighted the world is turning towards short films for better entertainment and clarity of concepts. Mr. Krishnamoorthy – Principal, MGR Film & Television Institue punctuated his notes that Short films were unique in terms of delivering powerful and realistic messages and hard work was the first capital of any short film since one had to give what is really worth and direct to the audience.
The dignitaries unanimously declared open ISFFI 2014 with the official promo and placard. The festival unfurled 26 movies on the first day and 28 movies on the following day with a variety of themes of day to day life experiences.
The short film extravaganza this year comprised of 17 International short films from countries like Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Hong Kong Iran, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, , Ukraine and Venezuela and 3 Shorts from India, coming from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala on a variety of themes belonging to alternate genres and narrative styles. All 54 Short Films were screened within 2 days in different timings.
Summarizing 54 shorts from 1200 entries was definitely hard task. Three levels of Jury boards filtered the best for the final short list. The preliminary board of juries consisted of 24 juries – students of Viscom Department from various esteemed colleges in and around Chennai, the second level board of juries consisted of 7 and the final level board of juries was members from various walks of life like : Mrs. Nandini Balaji (Executive Producer – Reel Routes Production House), Mr.Muthu Manickam (Honorary secretary for MGR Film Society & Film Institute – Government of Tamil Nadu – Head of Television Department – MGR Film Institute), Mr. Sooraj Nallusami (Cinematographer – ‘Desingu Raja, ‘Manam kothi paravai’) and Mr. Arun (Head of the Department – Dept. of Cinematography – SRM – Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute.
ISFFI 2014 was organized with the support of Missioni Don Bosco, the International Business Houses like Aug&Ohr Medien-Berlin, KIMUAK-Spain, Elenfant Film-Italy, Freak-Spain, OFFecam, Ecam, en Corto-Spain, Mailuki Films-Spain, The Other Side Of Films-Spain and The House of Films, Spain and College collaborators like L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai and Don Bosco College of Art and Design, Department of Visual Communication of Madras Christian College, Department Visual Communication of Holy Cross College for women, Trichy and EVR Periyar College, Trichy and MEDIA PARTNERS like Sathiyam TV, Radio City, Cine Mobita Online, and Magazine Partners like Puthiya Tharisanam, Decon Chronicles, the PUBLICITY PARTNERS like SISMA and the VENUE PARTNER Abirami Theatres Private Limited, Chennai.
The crowning moment of festival was the declaration of the ISFFI award ceremony. All the participants were awarded with a certificate by the dignitaries.
Among the awards on the International category: The first place was given to Il Confessionale (The Confessional) by Davide Pompeo from Italy, the second place was given to Sucio por Fuera (Dirty on the Outside) by Leonardo Pérez García, from Spain and the third place was given to Rojo (Red) by Carlos Alejandro Molina M, from Venezuela.
Among the awards on the National category: The first place was given to Dhisai maarum Vuravugal by Krishna Priya from Kerala, the Second Place was given to 18 Sticks by Manimaran M, from Tamil Nadu and the third place was bagged by Amoortha by Aravin Kuplikar from Karnataka.
ISFFI 2014, no doubt in its 8th edition offered a unique glimpse into the most life touching short films from across the globe. The festival was not merely a digital entertainment but was an experience to evaluate ourselves.
Fr. Harris Pakkam sdb.,
ISFFI – Film Festival Director