ISFFI 2014

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

ICSFF 2013

ICSFF – A Film Fiesta for Children

ICSFF, Chennai’s most celebrated international short film festival took off on a colorful start on 8th November 2013, at Don Bosco Auditorium Egmore, Chennai. This 6th edition had a variety of dignitaries gracing the event, Mr. Sugata Roy, Communication Specialist – UNICEF, Ms. Aruna Rathnam – UNICEF, Mr. U. Sudhir Lodha, Member – State Minority Commission, Govt of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Sidharth Lodha, Filmmaker Mr. GNR Kumaravelan, Miss. Yazhini, Airtel Super singer, Filmmaker Massimiliano Schiliro – Italy, Ms. Shilpa, Head HR – MAD Chennai, Rev. Fr. John Alexander, the Rector & Correspondent of Don Bosco Egmore, Rev. Fr. Sagayaraj – Principal of Don Bosco College of Art & Design. Nearly 1540 children from more than 24 schools participated in this one day short film festival.

The festival began with a prayerful note, invoking healing for the world to make it a better place, through Michael Jackon’s ‘Heal the World’, followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp.

Each of the chief guests had a spark, with which they ignited the spirits of the children… offering wonderful messages that enthused them. Mr. Sugata Roy, the Communication specialist from UNICEF highlighted the efforts they were into, to safeguard the rights of children all over the world. Mr. Sudhir Lodha, Member – State Minority Commission, Govt of Tamil Nadu, cheered the children with a beautiful story and encouraged them to be creative and revere their teachers. Ms. Aruna Rathnam was again in her enthusiastic self, encouraging children to be agents of social change. Mr. GNR Kumaravelan affirmed that children need to learn and express themselves towards a responsible future. The filmmaker Massimiliano Schiliro from Italy,also encouraged the children to lovetheir families, their friends, the society and the nature and that was the best way to celebrate childhood. Ms. Shilpa, the Head HR of MAD – Make a Difference also motivated the children to be flexible and creative and make the best use of the opportunities that come their way. Miss. Yazhini, Airtel Super Singer mesmerized the crowd with her singing ‘Who is the hero?’.

Out of the 72 short films that came in for the festival from USA, Japan, Poland, Russia, India, France, Australia, Switzerland and Netherlands, 18 international short films were screened for this one day festival. These short films portray children’s daily life, their world of dreams and aspirations, their humanity and strength of character, their struggles and challenges.

The day’s proceedings were awesome with the enthusiastic response from children, talking, sharing and expressing their feelings and conveying that they too were interested concerned and committed to protecting and nurturing childhood.

This children’s festival was sponsored and patronized by UNICEF Chennai and was done in joint collaboration with MAD – Make a difference and DBCAD – Don Bosco College of Art & Design, Chennai, together with the New Indian Express as it social partner. ICSFF will undoubtedly remain a memorable day for the participants who have savoured these inspiring visual images and messages that can touch, entertain, enlighten, empower and transform the minds of the children. ICSFF continues to be truly a children’s festival, providing a unique channel for children to come together to relax, discuss, interact and to gather awareness and inspiration on themes related to Children and Childhood.


The DBICA PSA Festival held at DBICA Theatre on 7th September 2013 was a grand show with more than 200 participants from several parts of Tamil Nadu. This is an annual event intended to visually create social awareness and encourage young media entrepreneurs to inculcate social ethics while exhuming the best in their creations. Veteran film makers, editors and directors from the Media grazed the occasion.
Ms. Aalathy compeered the occasion with full gusto unfurling the salient features of the 9th edition of PSA to the participants and the chief guests.
The program was officially inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional lamp foreshadowing a significant act to dispel darkness and to enlighten the occasion with the grace of the Almighty.
Fr. Harris, the Director of DBICA and the PSA festival highlighted in his welcome note saying how the film festivals like PSA, short in duration but can create an enormous amount of social consciousness as that of a mustard seed and leaven in the yeast. He also welcomed the chief guests Mr. Atlee, the current and most promising film director for his “Raja Rani” and Mr.Balaj, the film director of “Kattrathu Kalavu” for having obliged our invitation despite their heavy schedule.
After the formal introductions the show began with the 55 PSAs that were shortlisted for screening and after each PSA the film directors who were present shared their opinion to create such PSAs.
The Chief invitees were all praises for DBICA’s efforts in promoting young talent and wished it well in its dream of creating awareness about mass media and awareness through mass media.
Mr. Atlee Kumar added flavor to the occasion with this sincere critique on film festivals and continued how short films like PSA can still be an impetus to unearth one’s potency in a nutshell.He also insisted that good things would pop up only when a filmmaker took risks and the budding filmmakers should brush aside inferiority complex and keep going towards attaching one’s goal. He also encouraged the participants and commended on their creations.
Mrs.Balajiunderlined that PSAs were most important festival where the younger generation were exposed to social values and social responsibility. He urged the budding filmmakers the need for creativity and imagination, factors that could drive home the message conveyed, forcefully. Fr. David SDB appreciated the dedication of DBICA for organizing the PSA video contest to promote great values to the younger generation.
The first prize was awarded for the PSA “Udhuna Udhum”byVickramraj. T, the second prize was awarded for “Sexual Harassment”by Rizwan Mohamedand the third prize for “Brighten up Lives” by Annapoorani. All other participants received their participation certificates. It was indeed an event to be cherished in the history of DBICA festivals.
Some of the prominent themes on which the PSAs were made were: no smoking, wearing helmet, road safety, pollution, female infanticide, health & hygiene, organ donation, women rights, child rights, cleanliness etc.
The occasion was concluded with a short promotion to the forth coming film festivals followed by the National Anthem.