DBICA lit the small screen this Saturday, 26th June 2010 as the ninth edition of DSFF – DBICA Short Film Festival took off on glorious note at the DBICA theatre, with Director Madhumita declaring open the fest, and congratulating all the participants. 22 shorts were screened in this one day festival, with a very good representation of short film makers from different parts of Tamil Nadu and the country.
While welcoming the gathering and highlighting the objectives of DSFF, Fr. Harris Pakkam, the festival director affirmed that DBICA was committed to the cause of short films, for the innumerable treasures that this genre of filmmaking offered in terms of content. Director Madhumita, the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony stated that all directors began with short films, and it is the experience of short filmmaking and the recognition given to them, that has spurred many to move towards greater heights.
Lots of interaction and sharing by the filmmakers were interspersed in between the screenings that took place from 10.15 a.m to 6p.m. The award ceremony of DSFF looked luminous in the presence of Director Kathir, Director Alagappan, Director B. Lenin, Visual Effects Director Brian M. Jennings and Mr. Carmel from Makkal TV.
Addressing the film makers, director Kathir remarked, that short films could convey messages in a powerful manner and that he too was tempted to venture into short film in the near future. Director Alagappan gave his observations about the short films, from the perspective of the jury and encouraged the participants to continue optimistically with their dreams and aspirations, not minding the results. The big brother of DBICA, Director cum Editor B. Lenin spoke profusely about the benefits of such festivals for the film makers, and challenged them to make more and more short films on real life situations, not minding much about the techniques but about the content. The acclaimed visual effects editor of Dasavatharam, Exorcist etc, Mr. Brian M. Jennings emphasized that concepts were more important in media and not merely techniques and softwares, because without them, the latter would make no sense. Mr. Carmel, VP of the Programmes in Makkal TV spoke of the power and relevance of short films in today’s context, and how these films by being socially sensible and fact conscious have paved a big way for awareness and growth.
The exciting part of the day was the declaration of the results of DSFF 2010. While the Short, God of Terrorist by Anamik Singh bagged the first place, the second and third were dedicated to R.B. Arun Raja for Sonna Nambava Poringa? and N.Vennila for Kappal respectively. Cash awards, with certificates and mementos were presented to the winners. Consolation prizes were awarded to Ashish Mishra’s Before the Last Breath and to Velayudham for Puthaadai. The participants were also awarded with a certificate.
R.B. Arun Raja, the award winner while expressing his sentiments reiterated, that he had been submitting shorts in the DBICA short film festivals for six consecutive years, and was extremely glad that this year it bagged an award. Many others expressed the view that such festivals nurtured and supported the talents of short film makers. The theatre was filled with an aura of enthusiasm and radiance as all the speakers spoke very positively about the power of short films and the important role these short films could play in the transformation of the society.
The festival director, Fr. Harris speaking on DBICA’s intention in popularizing short films remarked “Short films are reflections of day to day life events, conveying facts and feelings with simplicity and straightforwardness. They have a tremendous power to convey, to inspire and educate, and it leaves a feeling in you…” DSFF 2010 ended on a happy note, with all the film makers pledging to make shorts an effective vehicle for social change.