The 3rd International Short film festival of India 2009 (ISFFI 2009) set off on a glorious note on the 28th March at the South Indian Film Chamber Theatre. The inaugural ceremony began with the lighting of the Kuthuvilaku, followed by the welcome address by Mr. Joseph Dinesh, Short Film Festival Coordinator. The alternative forum for film lovers and movie makers got strengthened with the presence of eminent film personalities such as Mr. Rajiv Menon – Cinematographer and Film Director, Mr. B Lenin – Film Director and Editor, Fr. Joe Andrew SDB – Vice President of Don Bosco Institutions, and Fr. Harris SDB – Director of DBICA. Fr. Harris gave a brief background to the festival, highlighting the important role of short films and the bright future that awaited this genre. Fr. Joe Andrew congratulated the hard work, creativity and the social concern that short film makers exhibit in their creations. He emphasized the need to take these short films to people at large. Mr. Lenin applauded DBICA for playing a vital role in promoting short films in South India. Mr. Rajiv Menon the noted Tamil director started on a personal note speaking of his dreams of making a film, and the need of media institutes to encourage and bring the best in the students.
This year the ISFFI programme comprises a record 66 films from 230 entries from 15 countries produced by both professional and amateur film makers. 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 is 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 film production.
This Film Festival is organised in collaboration with Goodwill Communications Limited, Chennai, Tamil Maiyam, Chennai, South India Film Chamber Theatre Chennai, Emerson, Chennai, Big 92.7 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, Auxilium 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.