The conclusion of the glorious ten of the DBICA Tamil Short Film Festival, and ushering of the 11th edition of DTSFF was noteworthy, as the scope of the festival was widened to Tamil short films from all over the world. This one-day festival featuring 28 short films, shortlisted from the 150 entries that came in, was held at the DBICA Theatres on Saturday, 30th June 2012. The lineup included various short films and documentaries in Tamil, from film makers all over the world.
Keeping up to its spirit, DTSFF 2012 was also an exclusive attempt to promote local talent, by encouraging 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.
Rev. Fr. Jayapalan Raphael sdb, the Chairman of the Don Bosco Institutions, Chennai Province stated that short film makers had a prophetic role in addressing important issues and leading people towards nobler living and social transformation. Fr. Harris, the festival director, highlighted the success of short film festivals and affirmed that each short film was a potential seed which could grow up in a big way both in the individual and in the society and bear fruits that can be relished by all.
After the screening of the short listed entries, came the most exciting moment for the film makers, the award ceremony and the announcement of the results. The chief guests present during the occasion were noted director and editor, Mr. Bhimsingh Lenin, MR. N. Pakkrisamy, Regional Officer Censor board – Chennai Region, Mr. B.Illangovan, DGM – Southern Railway. Mr. Lenin, the forefather of Tamil Short filmmaking hammered on the idea, that a clear and strong nucleus was the crux for any short film, and the other technical elements were only mere embellishments to that.
The board of jury headed by Mr. Bhimsingh Lenin, together with noted Scriptwriter M.V. Prabhakar, Seasoned Sound Engineer of LV Prasad Academy Mr. K. Sampath and Cameraman Mr.C.J. Rajkumar gave an objective assessment of the entries.
The DTSFF 2012 awards were bagged by Jai for his Mouna Mozhi, S. Raja, for his Feb 04 and Ram J. Sarvanan for his Brian’s Gandhi with cash awards. Consolation prizes were also given to Bragadish R, for his Kai Maradhiyai Vaithan Naal and A. Vasanth Kumar for his Thamil . All the short filmmakers who participated with their entries for DTSFF 2012, were also awarded participation certificates.
DTSFF 2012, ended on an optimistic note, with short film makers pledging to make short films an effective vehicle for social change and positive culture.