DSFF 2011


It is festival time again at DBICA, with the tenth edition of DSFF -DBICA Short Film Festival in the offing, with the festival being scheduled to be held at the DBICA Theatres on Saturday, 9th July 2011, from 9 am onwards. This one day festival will feature 25 films, shortlisted from the 65 entries that came in for DSFF. The lineup includes various short films, animation films and documentaries from short film makers all over Tamil Nadu.

DSFF strives solely to nurture local talent, encouraging and promoting 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. “Six participants of DSFF are already into feature filmmaking and it has paved a great way to their career. We are there to support and promote you towards greater laurels,“ said Fr. Harris, the festival director, while talking to the film makers about the scope of such short film festivals. Such festivals have no doubt been great avenues of awareness and fountains fostering a sense of deep social responsibility among the filmmakers and the public.

The first phase of selection comprised of the shortlisting of 25 entries which were viewed by an esteemed board of Jury, under the leadership of Director Bhimsingh Lenin, Director Agathiyan, Director Rajkumar and Professor Hadwin, Head of the Deapartment of Visual Communication, AM Jain College. The best ones will be awarded cash awards and certificates at the Award Ceremony on the day of the festival.

The guests of honour who will be crowning the festival will be Rev. Fr. Antonyray Chinnappan, the Vice President of Don Bosco Institutions – Tamil Nadu, Rev. Rajan Pushparaj, Rev. Tyrone Baron, Mr. Pakkirisamy, Regional Officer – Tamil Nadu Sensor Board, Director Agathiyan, Director Lenin and Mr. Sundaralingam, MD – Jayachandran Textiles.

The one day festival is scheduled to commence at 09.30 a.m and conclude with an award ceremony at 06.00 p.m on Saturday, 9th July 2011. This year the festival adds greater significance as the DSFF marches in its tenth edition, and several short film makers, students from media institutes and film lovers are expected to participate in the festival.

DBICA Short Film Festival 2008


The 7th DBICA Short Film Festival took place at DBICA – Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts on 6th April 2008. Among the 30 entries that came in for the festival 21 entries were short listed and screened during the festival.

DBICA has lot of affinity with short films and many short film festivals based on various themes and issues are organized regularly. This Short Film Festival is an annual feature that DBICA organizes every year to promote young film makers and showcase their works. Short films are an alternative to main stream cinema, for it can also powerfully and equally express ideas and stories that can be relevant and attractive, though there are very few takers of this genre. DBICA is glad that this short film festival is up again and there were very good entries from all over the state, with socially relevant themes.

The Inaugural ceremony of this festival took place under the auspicious presence of prominent tamil directors Mr. Tamilvanan, Mr. P. Lenin and Rev. Patrick Joji, the chief Financial Officer of the Don Bosco institutions. Rev. Patrick Joji in his message to the young film makers congratulated them and urged them to make movies that will be socially relevant loaded with values. Mr. Lenin, the noted film director and editor congratulated DBICA for her efforts to promote such initiatives and expressed his happiness in being a part of DBICA`s programmes. He encouraged the young directors to come up with new concepts, and never be worried about the results, for there will be so many people who would have seen the movies and taken home with them their message. Mr. Tamilvanan, the distinguished Tamil film director appreciated the efforts of the short film makers, for it was indeed very difficult to capsule everything in a short time and communicate effectively.

Out of the 30 films, 21 short films were short listed by the three member jury comprising of Director P. Lenin, Ms. Aiysha Ganapathy Member of the Sensor Board and Ms. Poorani H.O.D. of VISCOM department, Ethiraj College. The Festival was indeed very colorful with the participation of many film makers from different parts of Tamil Nadu.

The Award Ceremony began at 6.00 p.m. in the presence of the Guest of honor Director Sasi Mohan and Mr. Jyothi Pandian. Director Sasi Mohan wished each of the short film makers to be optimistic, creative and persevering in their efforts and wished them great success. He said he was thrilled to be at the function and wished that each of the short film makers become big directors. The DBICA 2008 awards were declared by Mr. Sasi Mohan and the first prize was given to Mr. Pavel Navageethan for his short film “Chenna Kunni“. The second prize was bagged by Mr. V. Rohin for his short film “Promise“ and the third prize was given to the short film “Yavarum Kaleeir“ by Mr. M. Renganathan.

Another illustrious personality during the function was the Tamil fame actress Sneha. In her message she encouraged all the participants to be hard working and committed in their goals, and she said that inspite of entering into her 50th film, she felt that it was only her beginning. DBICA`s latest short film “Thotti“ directed by Mr. G. Murali was released by Actress Sneha and the first copy was given to the director Mr. Murali. All the film makers who participated in the festival were also awarded with a certificate of participation. It was indeed a very memorable day,

DBICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2007

The Sixth DBICA Short Film Festival was held at DBICA Campus. More than 40 short films were registered for the DBICA short film festival which took place on the 1st of April 2007. The festival was inaugurated under the august presence of Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu – the provincial of Chennai, Mr. Stanley – the noted film maker and Mr. Vasan a renowned industrialist. After the initial welcome address by Fr. Harris, the director of DBICA, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu in his inaugural address, highlighted the fact that short films by their nature could contribute in a great way to today’s society.

He said that short films because of their shorter duration, have the capacity to narrate and capture so many details and aspects of daily life, which do not catch the attention of the feature films and find no place in them. Director Stanley, declared open the short film festival, and expressed his wish that better network could be created among among short film makers to foster better publicity and marketing, and also broadcast them in television channels and create a space for them in local theatres. Around 30 films were screened during the festival. The films were judged by a jury panel constituting experts from the field of media. The award ceremony began at 4.30 p.m in the presence of film directors Mysskin and Stanley. Mr. Myskin in his message to the participants highlighted that there was so much to learn from cinema and that we always remain as students in our media creations. He said a keen sense of observation and reflection on what was happening around would lead to deeper insights and better creative creations.

Director Stanley announced the prize winners. The first prize with a cash award of Rs. 5,000/– was bagged by Mr. Ruban for his short film “Freedom“, while the second prize with a cash award of Rs. 3000/- was given to Nithish for his film “Manu“ and the third prize with a cash award of Rs. 2000/- was awarded to G. Krishnamoorthy for his film “Sense“. All the participants were also awarded a participation certificate for their short films. The film festival witnessed an assortment of short films, with amazing and touching themes, commendable to a great extent since they were all creations of young film makers.

DBICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2007

The Sixth DBICA Short Film Festival was held at DBICA Campus. More than 40 short films were registered for the DBICA short film festival which took place on the 1st of April 2007. The festival was inaugurated under the august presence of Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu – the provincial of Chennai, Mr. Stanley – the noted film maker and Mr. Vasan a renowned industrialist. After the initial welcome address by Fr. Harris, the director of DBICA, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu in his inaugural address, highlighted the fact that short films by their nature could contribute in a great way to today’s society.

He said that short films because of their shorter duration, have the capacity to narrate and capture so many details and aspects of daily life, which do not catch the attention of the feature films and find no place in them. Director Stanley, declared open the short film festival, and expressed his wish that better network could be created among among short film makers to foster better publicity and marketing, and also broadcast them in television channels and create a space for them in local theatres. Around 30 films were screened during the festival. The films were judged by a jury panel constituting experts from the field of media. The award ceremony began at 4.30 p.m in the presence of film directors Mysskin and Stanley. Mr. Myskin in his message to the participants highlighted that there was so much to learn from cinema and that we always remain as students in our media creations. He said a keen sense of observation and reflection on what was happening around would lead to deeper insights and better creative creations.

Director Stanley announced the prize winners. The first prize with a cash award of Rs. 5,000/– was bagged by Mr. Ruban for his short film “Freedom“, while the second prize with a cash award of Rs. 3000/- was given to Nithish for his film “Manu“ and the third prize with a cash award of Rs. 2000/- was awarded to G. Krishnamoorthy for his film “Sense“. All the participants were also awarded a participation certificate for their short films. The film festival witnessed an assortment of short films, with amazing and touching themes, commendable to a great extent since they were all creations of young film makers.

DBICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2007

The Sixth DBICA Short Film Festival was held at DBICA Campus. More than 40 short films were registered for the DBICA short film festival which took place on the 1st of April 2007. The festival was inaugurated under the august presence of Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu – the provincial of Chennai, Mr. Stanley – the noted film maker and Mr. Vasan a renowned industrialist. After the initial welcome address by Fr. Harris, the director of DBICA, Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Swamikannu in his inaugural address, highlighted the fact that short films by their nature could contribute in a great way to today’s society.

He said that short films because of their shorter duration, have the capacity to narrate and capture so many details and aspects of daily life, which do not catch the attention of the feature films and find no place in them. Director Stanley, declared open the short film festival, and expressed his wish that better network could be created among among short film makers to foster better publicity and marketing, and also broadcast them in television channels and create a space for them in local theatres. Around 30 films were screened during the festival. The films were judged by a jury panel constituting experts from the field of media. The award ceremony began at 4.30 p.m in the presence of film directors Mysskin and Stanley. Mr. Myskin in his message to the participants highlighted that there was so much to learn from cinema and that we always remain as students in our media creations. He said a keen sense of observation and reflection on what was happening around would lead to deeper insights and better creative creations.

Director Stanley announced the prize winners. The first prize with a cash award of Rs. 5,000/– was bagged by Mr. Ruban for his short film “Freedom“, while the second prize with a cash award of Rs. 3000/- was given to Nithish for his film “Manu“ and the third prize with a cash award of Rs. 2000/- was awarded to G. Krishnamoorthy for his film “Sense“. All the participants were also awarded a participation certificate for their short films. The film festival witnessed an assortment of short films, with amazing and touching themes, commendable to a great extent since they were all creations of young film makers.