ISFFI 2015 ushering short film lovers

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.

ISFFI 2015

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.

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.


The much awaited Chennai Christian Short Film Festival took off with a grand opening at the Don Bosco Auditorium, Egmore, on 10th of November 2012. The Film Festival, in its second year of celebration had Mr. James Vasanthan, Sun TV and Mr. S.S. Stanley, Film maker as guests of Honor for the award ceremony, together with Mr. Lionel Huggets, MD – Taj Hotel and Mr. Rajarathinam, General Manager of RC Constructions.
The chief guests of the inaugural ceremony, Fr. Cedric Bout SDB, Fr. Nallayan – the Assistant Manager of SIGA, Sr. Susan, the Superior of Stella Maris College and Br. Julian Santi – Founder and Patron of SIGA added light and blessing to the festival. Fr. Paulraj, the assistant director of DBICA, welcome the chief guests and the audience who had turned up in large numbers for the festival. with their inspiring words and encouraging presence. The chief guests gave inspiring messages after which they solemnly declared open CCSFF 2012.
This was followed by screening of 16 short films and music videos which were shortlisted out of 48 entries that came in for the festival. The short film makers interacted with the audience in between the screening, explaining the motif behind the films that they had made. The audience actively participated in such interactions, answering the questions posed by the compere.
During the award ceremony, Fr. Harris, the director of DBICA, welcomed the chief guests – Mr. James Vasanthan, Mr. S.S. Stanley, Mr. Lionel Huggets and Mr. Rajarathinam. Speaking on the occasion Mr. S.S. Stanley expressed with great conviction our duty of spreading the Christian messages through films. Mr. James Vasanthan narrated with great passion his encounter as an SUN TV anchor with Mother Theresa during her visit to Chennai and how her statement changed his whole mindset and made him empathetic and generous towards the poor. He exhorted the audience to help the poor in some little ways, which was the best way to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rajarathinam voiced his deep admiration for the film festival, which he thought would be a kind of an entertainment, but having participated in it fully he was deeply convinced of it as sure means to spread the faith and the values of the Gospel.
The award winners of CCSFF were declared by Mr. James Vasanthan. Jannallukku Velliye by Mr. Joseph Devanathan bagged the first prize and its director carried away a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/-. The second and third place was secured by J. Ramesh for his film En Magane, and Nithin Joseph, for To the Shore of Salvation, respectively.
CCSFF 2012, was a run-away success as its audience remained till the end to congratulate the film makers. The Christian short films, undoubtedly had a very positive impact and instilled the values of Christian faith deeply.

ICSFF – A Film Fiesta for Children

ICSFF is Chennai’s most celebrated short film festival committed to showcasing short films related children from around the world. ICSFF 2012 being in its 5th edition got off to a colorful start on 9th November 2012 with dignitaries from media gracing the event. The festival was symbolically inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional lamp in the presence of eminent Filmmakers SS Stanely, Aslem and Gerald, Rev. John Alex, the Rector & Correspondent of Don Bosco Egmore, Rev. Sagayaraj – Principal of Don Bosco College of Art & Design.

Nearly 1600 children from 30 schools participated in this one day short film extravaganza. Out of the 67 short films that came in for the festival, 20 short films from 8 countries were shortlisted to be screened for this one day visual. These shorts hail from India, USA, Estonia, Spain, Poland, Taiwan and Germany. They portray children’s daily life, their world of dreams and aspirations, their humanity and strength of character, their struggles and challenges.

After initial felicitations to the dignitaries, the festival director Rev. Harris Pakkam, welcomed the chief guests and spelt out the objectives of ICSFF. He expressed joy in seeing ICSFF grow from strength to strength and making this festival more meaningful and relevant for the children. He concluded stating, “that each child should strive to become a hero in safeguarding, protecting and nurturing childhood”.

In his inaugural address the chief guest Mr. Stanley affirmed that film festivals could play a very powerful role, in creating awareness and fostering good values. He lauded the efforts of DBICA – Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts to promote children based short films and commended the efforts of the organization to bring in children from various schools for a film festival. He wished the festival a grand success.

Mr. Aslam, the director of current tamil movie ‘Paagan’ highlighted that Short films were the best medium to convey and communicate to the masses. He stressed that children should become more critical in their consumption of media messages, choose good films to watch and also create their own in the future.

Film Director Gerald congratulated the efforts of DBICA and exhorted that these films will create a positive impact on the children and instill social awareness in them. He also referred to personalities like Charlie Chaplin who inspired him to choose his career as a filmmaker and exhorted everyone to be become a critical consumer of media and promote that which is positive in media.

Rev. Paulraj, the Dean of DBCAD gave a brief over view of the Children’s day Poetry and Painting competitions that were organized at DBCAD – Don Bosco College of Art & Design on 26th October, in which more than 200 students 20 schools, took part in the event. Through these competitions the young minds were given an opportunity to bring out their creative energy and express their skills and talents. The competitions were divided in two categories; one for painting and another one for Art Collage. Six students were shortlisted as winners for these competitions and were awarded with certificates and prizes during the inaugural ceremony by the chief guests.

The Chief guests solemnly declared open ICSFF and all the children stood up and pledged wholeheartedly to stand for the rights of the children all over the world. The Children were very much involved and spontaneous in their sharing after the screening of every short film.

ICSFF is truly becoming 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.

PSA 2012 – Making a difference

The eight edition of the DBICA Public Service Announcement Contest took off on a bright note on 25th August 2012, with the screening of the 60 PSAs, shortlisted from the 102 entries that came in for the festival.

This annual event, tailored to instill social awareness and enthuse young people to inculcate social responsibility in their creations, provides an avenue for budding filmmakers to contribute to public welfare and infuse positive values in the minds of the viewers. The PSAs packaged in an advertisement format had their own strategies to convey crisply and creatively, lessons indispensable for common well being.

The festival commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp, felicitations and words of welcome by Fr. Harris, the festival director. “Media is forming and deforming the human person and the society in a number of ways.Why not make people create PSAs, that can contribute with a positive difference in building up of the society”, said Fr. Harris, speaking on the rationale that sparked the beginning of this festival in 2005. He optimistically affirmed that the sixty seeds sown through the PSAs were bound to bear fruit in some small way in the lives of the audience.

The Chief guests who graced the occasion were Mr. Nanda Periyasamy – the film maker, Mr. Ravi Maria – the Actor cum film maker, and Fr. Sagayaraj Devadoss – the Principal of Don Bosco College of Arts & Design. After the declaration of the festival, came the screening of the 60 PSAs interspersed with occasional sharing of the filmmakers on their works.

Speaking on behalf of the Jury, Fr. Sagayaraj Devadoss lauded the efforts and creativity of the film makers, and reiterated that greater focus was to be given to the impact, depth and treatment of the message, since the duration was very limited.

Mr. Nantha Periyasamy, while appreciating the efforts of the film makers in contributing something to the society, said that if all the film makers who had made their PSAs had to join the Indian Cinema, a tremendous transformation in the content and quality of Indian Cinema was bound to take place. Mr. Ravi Maria, was his spirited self, interacting with the film makers and stimulating them to dream, conceive, plan and create that which can ennoble humanity and the society. He wished the film makers to create passionately on relevant themes and communicate them forcefully, so that they can ignite positive changes in the society.

The award ceremony began with the giving away of the participation certificates to the filmmakers followed by the award winners. The first prize was awarded for the PSA “Indifference” by Nataraja Moorthy, while the second and the third prizes were awarded to Enosh Peter for his “Spito Splash” and Rajaganesan R. for his “Join Hands”.

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. It was another feather in her cap for DBICA as the eight edition of the PSA contest came to a successful completion with a very good participation of film makers from all over Tamil Nadu.

DTSFF 2012 – A leap forward

The conclusion of the glorious ten of the DBICA Tamil Short Film Festival, and ushering of the 11th edition of DTSFF was noteworthy, as the scope of the festival was widened to Tamil short films from all over the world. This one-day festival featuring 28 short films, shortlisted from the 150 entries that came in, was held at the DBICA Theatres on Saturday, 30th June 2012. The lineup included various short films and documentaries in Tamil, from film makers all over the world.

Keeping up to its spirit, DTSFF 2012 was also an exclusive attempt to promote local talent, by encouraging local short film makers and young media entrepreneurs to show case their works of art, and provide them with a platform that offers them interaction, networking and greater visibility.

Rev. Fr. Jayapalan Raphael sdb, the Chairman of the Don Bosco Institutions, Chennai Province stated that short film makers had a prophetic role in addressing important issues and leading people towards nobler living and social transformation. Fr. Harris, the festival director, highlighted the success of short film festivals and affirmed that each short film was a potential seed which could grow up in a big way both in the individual and in the society and bear fruits that can be relished by all.

After the screening of the short listed entries, came the most exciting moment for the film makers, the award ceremony and the announcement of the results. The chief guests present during the occasion were noted director and editor, Mr. Bhimsingh Lenin, MR. N. Pakkrisamy, Regional Officer Censor board – Chennai Region, Mr. B.Illangovan, DGM – Southern Railway. Mr. Lenin, the forefather of Tamil Short filmmaking hammered on the idea, that a clear and strong nucleus was the crux for any short film, and the other technical elements were only mere embellishments to that.

The board of jury headed by Mr. Bhimsingh Lenin, together with noted Scriptwriter M.V. Prabhakar, Seasoned Sound Engineer of LV Prasad Academy Mr. K. Sampath and Cameraman Mr.C.J. Rajkumar gave an objective assessment of the entries.

The DTSFF 2012 awards were bagged by Jai for his Mouna Mozhi, S. Raja, for his Feb 04 and Ram J. Sarvanan for his Brian’s Gandhi with cash awards. Consolation prizes were also given to Bragadish R, for his Kai Maradhiyai Vaithan Naal and A. Vasanth Kumar for his Thamil . All the short filmmakers who participated with their entries for DTSFF 2012, were also awarded participation certificates.

DTSFF 2012, ended on an optimistic note, with short film makers pledging to make short films an effective vehicle for social change and positive culture.


The second day of ISFFI began with the next set of screening in which 27 shorts, spaced out in three shows culminated in the award ceremony at 4.30 pm. The big array of filmmakers – Director Lingusamy, Director Thambi Ramaiah, Director Mu. Kalanjiyam, Director Nanda Periyasamy, Director S. Ezhil, Director Balasekaran, Director Durai, Director R. Kannan, Director Kulandai Velapppan, Director A. Venkatesh, Director Seenu Ramasamy, Director S.P. Hosimin, Director Balaji Mohan, Director Ravi Maria and Director Bhimsingh Lenin, made the finale of ISFFI 2012 very memorable.

After the words of welcome by the festival director and felicitations, Mr. Bhimsingh Lenin, the noted film editor fondly called the big brother of DBICA gave his views from the point of view of jury. He appreciated the filmmakers for their wonderful creations and exhorted then to make films that can really transcend expectations and reflect high quality.

Mr. Thambi Ramayya, the multi faceted personality of the Tamil cinema industry and the National award winner addressed the young short filmmakers in his own unique style. He said that the pace of the world`s growth and development have forced many areas to become short, sweet and easily affordable. Hence the imminent challenge to short filmmakers is to produce the best within the stipulated time.

Mr. A. Venkatesh, while addressing the participants highlighted the new trends in the media industry and reiterated that short films served as a launching pad for any professional venture into film making, providing ample experience and confidence to the film makers.

Mr. Lingusamy, started his address on a very cheerful note, expressing his joy that such festivals to promote short films were a big avenue for young film directors and apprentices to learn and improve in their creative thinking.

Mr. Cheenu Ramasamy, the National award winner, congratulated the award winners and motivated the participants to make these occasions’ wonderful opportunities for learning. He lauded the efforts of DBICA for having continued such initiatives without commercial motives and did to the short film makers what the Tamil cinema industry should have done.

Director Durai while addressing the audience shared his personal experience of how he started his career with a short film and stepped into the cine industry. Actor cum director Ravi Maria was also in his best self, stating that Thiruvaluvar the great poet wrote scripts for short films and that from those two line kurals so many feature films were being made.

Mr. R. Kannan, the noted film maker expressed that short films had a great future, and that all assistants of the cine industry should watch these short films, and that film directors should encourage them to do so.

Director Ezhil, first congratulated the young filmmaker Balaji Mohan for his recent debut film, “Kaadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Eppadi…?” and encouraged the other fellow short filmmakers to come out with lot of creative ideas and quality scripts that can solicit greater openings for their career.

Mr. Mu Kalanjiyam, in his power packed speech explained how short films were always present from the beginning of cinema and also affirmed that the world famous movie “The Great Train Robbery“ was conceived and developed as short film and the world best series by Charlie Chaplin were also of short stories.

The last among the dignitaries to convey their messages was director Balaji Mohan, who had already won an award at ISFFI in 2009. He motivated young filmmakers to confidently create inspiring stories and that opportunities would knock at their door, just as was his experience.

The crowning moment of festival was the declaration of the ISFFI 2012 awards, which were shortlisted by the board of Jury comprising of Mr. Bhimsingh Lenin – the noted film editor, Mr. R Dhanraj Balaji – Head of Dept., S.R.M. Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, Mr. Arun Gupta – Senior Faculty, Film & Video Communication, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Mr. Brian M Jennings – Animation Specialist & Visual Effects, USA, Mr. Ramasamy Subramaniam – Dept. Sound – MGR Govt. Film & TV Institute, and Mr. John E – the noted Screenplay writer.

After distributing the participation certificates for the film makers present, the ISFFI 2012 awards were declared. In the international category, the Chinese short film “Shangai Love Market“ directed by Craig Rosenthal got the first place, while the Spanish short film “Septiembre“ directed by Julio De La Fuente and the German short film “Von Hunden und Pferden“ directed by Thomas Stuber bagged the second and third places respectively. Under the foreign awards category, the best foreign short animated film was awarded to “Zeinek Gehiago Iraun“ directed by Gregorio Muro from Spain and the best foreign docu- drama was awarded to the Italian film “La Terra Sopra Di Noi“ directed by Cristian Scardigno.

Among the national entries, the first place was awarded to short film “The Tigers, they`re all dead“, directed by Ms. Reema Sengupta, while “Chanda Ke Joote“ directed by the Ektara Team and “Manju Pole…“, directed by Mr. Prasanth Kanathur bagged the second and third places respectively.

ISFFI awards 2012 were also special due to the number of category awards, given for the Indian entries. The best short animated film was given to Ms. Priyanka Shyam for the short film “The Other Side“. The best documentary was awarded to Mr. Abhijit Das Gupta for his “An Experience“. The best cinematography award was bagged by the cinematographer Pratap Nair for “Manju Pole…“. The best male actor award was given to Mr. Owais Safdar in Love Book and the best female actor award was also given to Ms. Arifa Zehra also for “Love Book“ and the best child artist award was given to Master Viraj Patil for the film “Paytaan“. Mr. Narayan Parsuram bagged the best sound design award for “Baat Waahi Hai“ and the Best Editing – Mr. Sathyaraj for the film “Mouna Viradham“ and the best special visual effects was given to Ms. Nina Sabnani & Ms. Ketki Saxena for the film “Baat Waahi Hai“.

ISFFI 2012 made a breakthrough this year in a big way, because of the collaboration from International Business Houses like Promofest, Spain, Aug&Ohr Medien, Berlin, Kimauk, Spain, Filmakademie Baden-wuerttemberg, Berlin, Ecam – Madrid en Corto, Spain, Mailuki Films, Spain, and The House of Films, Spain and Media Production Houses like L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai, S.R.M. Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, Chennai and Media partners like Big FM, NDTV Hindu, SS Television and Chennai Online and the venue partners Abirami Theatres Private Limited, Chennai.

The two day festival indeed provided a wonderful opportunity to the film lovers to cherish some of world`s best short films in Chennai.