DBICA Short Film Festival 2011

The tenth edition of DBICA short film festival took off on a solemn note this morning at 10 a.m at the DBICA theatres with a good representation of film makers from all over Tamil Nadu. The festival had a flying start at the inaugural ceremony with Rev. Fr. Antonyraj Chinnappan, the Vice President of Don Bosco Institutions – Tamil Nadu, declaring the festival open. The other guests of honour who graced the occasion were Rev. Fr. Rajan Pushparaj from Trichy and Rev. Bro. Tyrone Baron from Tanzania. While welcoming the gathering and highlighting the objectives of DSFF, Fr. Harris Pakkam, the festival director spelt out the rationale behind this initiative of DBICA to promote short films. He happily announced that DSFF had reached its tenth year and this was the beginning of all DBICA film festivals.

In his inaugural message, Rev. Fr. Antonyraj highlighted the power of short films to communicate messages very powerfully, and exhorted everyone to make short films that can transform and educate humanity. Fr. Rajan in his message brought into limelight the use of this genre of film making in the modern commercials, with interesting concepts. Making short films with concepts that are relevant and creative can make it more appealing.

The screening of the 25 short films followed after the inaugural programme, with lots of sharing and interaction by the filmmakers before and after the screenings that took place from 10.30 a.m to 5p.m. The award ceremony was indeed a fitting finale for the festival, for it made everyone feel, hear and talk about short films. The dignitaries who crowned the ceremony were Director Agathiyan, Director & Editor Bhimsingh Lenin and the Regional Officer of Tamil Nadu Censor Board, Mr. Pakkirisamy.

Speaking from the point of view of jury, Mr. Lenin affirmed that short film making was totally a different breed, which does not need the gimmicks of mainstream cinema. He exhorted the film makers to make films which are really short and precise, without dragging it for a long time. In his familiar style, he encouraged the short film makers and assured that proper avenues for screening of short film in every locality will soon become a reality.

Addressing the film makers, director Agathiyan was very honest and genuine in his comments, speaking openly on the positive and negative aspects of all the entries. He expressed his anguish and disappointment while watching certain short films, which failed to convey the message and was lacking in quality, direction and screenplay. He challenged the short film makers to create short films that can convey powerfully and he wished that DSFF 2012 would give him an opportunity to view them. The Regional Officer of the Tamil Nadu Censor Board Mr. Pakkirisamy, expressed his joy in being part of DSFF and encouraged the film makers to send their entries to other festivals such as MIFF and make their entries participate in wider circles.

The thrilling moment of the day was the declaration of the DSFF results for 2011. The first place was bagged by Pavel Navageethan for Kiki, while the Short, Monologue by Suresh George bagged the second place. The third place was awarded to Veghan Rajesh for Saturday and the best animation short was awarded to Kaushik Samajpati for his Story of Circles. All the short film makers who participated in DSFF were also awarded a certificate.

Pavel Navageethan, the award winner while expressing his sentiments reiterated, that the award he received at DSFF 2005 for his short film, paved the way for all his creations and expressed immense joy and gratitude for his work being recognized as the best of DSFF 2011. Similarly, the other award winners expressed the view that such festivals encouraged and motivated them to pursue short film making. DSFF 2011 ended in high spirits, as all the film makers felt fully recharged to venture into short film making with greater clarity, creativity and quality.