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, watching all the short films which were exceptionally very good in content and form.