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.