In recent years, short films festivals of DBICA have created impact and played major role in introduction new media hands with fresh concepts to new viewers. One such salient characteristics of DBICA is the recent 12th edition of Dbica Tamil Short Film Festival that gave an intro not only to the film professionals but all the more to the ordinary folk who have a passion for movies.

As appreciated, the DTSFF had always strived exclusively to savour 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. The short film festivals conducted by DBICA create lot of awareness among the audience and foster a deep sense of social responsibility in them, to create and produce that which can elevate, educate and also entertain.

The 12th edition of DTSFF (DBICA Tamil Short Film Festival) was scheduled to be held at the DBICA Auditorium on Saturday, 29th June 2013. This one day festival was crowned with 23 shorts films, shortlisted from the 273 entries that came in for DTSFF. The lineup included various short films and documentaries from filmmakers from all over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and also from France and England.

After the first stage of screening, 23 shortlisted entries were viewed by an esteemed board of Jury, under the leadership of Editor B. Lenin, with Nazini – HOD Viscom Dept.Sathyabama University, Fr.Paul Raj Professor – Dept.of Viscom Holy Cross College and Vijay – Creative head at Kalignar TV.

The 12th edition of the DTSFF solemnly commenced with the lighting of “kuthuvilakku’ by the honorable chief guests. Fr. Harris, the director of DBICA and the festival welcomed the participants. He underlined the unfading efforts of DBICA towards the short film festivals.

During the inaugural ceremony the editor B. Lenin highlighted that short film was to give a message to the viewers in a precious and creative way. The award winning Short filmmaker Srikanthan reiterated that sticking on to a single concept was very important for making a successful short film. Fr. Xavier Antony – HOD of St.Xaviers College, proudly thanked DBICA for retaining this painstaking interest to promote fresh ideas through short film festivals and in the future the short film would be best means to transform the society.

DBICA officially inaugurated the 12th edition of festival by unveiling the banner of DTSFF 2013 amidst the presence of the chief guests present.

After screening 23 short films we reached the climax of the day of awarding ceremony. The guests of honor who crowned the awarding ceremony were the award winning Short film Maker Srikanthan, Fr. Xavier Antony – HOD of St.Xaviers College, Dr.Vijyaraghavan Deputy Director – Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He thanked and appreciated DBICA for collecting good number of movies and suggested to the viewers to consider short films as a serious medium. Mr. Charles, the creative head of Short Film Factory proudly said that as feature films, short films did have a unique role and place in the media history, he also cited a few personalities who have dedicated their lives only for short films and consequently registered their name in the film history. Mr. Rubon, the editor of several contemporary feature films said that the short filmmakers should develop a strong passion for the short film to win the opinions of the public.

This year, the festival added greater strength as it was patronized by Don Bosco College of Art & Design (DBCAD) & Arjuna Engineering, Manapakkam.

The best ones namely “Thaalattu“ by Manoj Leonal Jahson bagged the 1st prize, “Nallathor Veenai” by Monesh Kumar .B took the pride of the second prize, “Punnakai Vaanginal Kaneer Elavasam” by Nithilan was chosen to be the third award winning movie. All these shorts films were respectively awarded cash awards. The title “Best Cinematographer” was given to Karthik Muthukumar in “Thaalattu” and the “Best Creative Entry” was given to Sathish Natarajan for “Offline” for having done it without camera, using only the live video record of the computer software. Certificates were distributed to all the shortlisted participants.

Several short film makers, students from media institutes and film lovers figuring about 175 participated in the festival. The 12th edition of the DTSFF was a grand success receiving positive response from so many filmmakers. This year DTSFF has set another milestone of bringing in 273 entries.