The 3rd International Short Film Festival of India (ISFFI) hit the screens on 28th March 2009 and ran through 29th March 2009 unrolling a vibrant selection of short films and documentaries. This year the SFFI programme comprised a record entry of 230 films from 15 countries produced by both professional and amateur film makers. This year witnessed a growth of submissions by 30% over last year.
The two-day festival best known for its diverse and cosmopolitan balance of films including various genres like drama, documentaries, animation, comedy, science-fiction and mystery was a festive bonanza offered by Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts (DBICA) to all the film lovers, media critics, film theorists, film students, and all those associated with production of films. The festival was held at South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce under the patronage of DBICA.
As consistent, with our mission to showcase as many great short films as possible this year DBICA exhibited 21 International short films from countries like Italy, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Greece, Australia, Netherlands, Los Angeles and Germany and 44 National short films from States like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, MP, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal on a variety of themes belonging to alternate genres and narrative styles. All 65 Short Films were screened within 2 days in 7 streams.
The award ceremony of SFFI 2009 took place on 29 March at 5.30 p.m. in the presence of special dignitaries such as Mr. Balaji Sakthivel, a fine Film Director, Mr. RD Rajasekar, acknowledged Cinemotographer, Mr. Sasi, well known Film Director and Mr. M.S. Vadivelu, a philanthropist and MD, Mathi Leathers Pvt. Ltd. Fr. Sagayaraj, CFO of Don Bosco Group of Institutions, various heads of institutions.
This Film Festival was organised in collaboration with Goodwill Communications Limited, Chennai, Tamil Maiyam, Chennai, South Indian Film Chamber Theatre Chennai, Emerson, Chennai, Big FM, Chennai, A.M. Jain College, Chennai, Govt. Fine Arts College, Chennai, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Stella Maris College, Chennai, Loyola College, Chennai, Apollo Arts and Science College, Chennai, St. Thomas College, Chennai, Auxillium College, Katpadi, Don Bosco College of Arts and Science, Dharmapuri, Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur and The End Of The Pier International Film Festival, United Kingdom.