DBICA organized Youth Film Festival 2005 on the 5th of January 2005, the first of its kind in Tamilnadu. The venue was Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai. This festival was meant to be a source of encouragement to youth who are learning to specialize in video short fictions and documentaries. DBICA’s desire, therefore, to work closely with institutions teaching Visual Communication was fulfilled through the co-operation and support that came from the Government College of Arts and Crafts that entered into a joint venture. Accordingly, the III year students who are doing Visual Communication were chosen for this festival, to participate and to use their creative talents in the best way possible. The entries were fifteen short fictions and documentary films. Each of these films was of 30 minutes duration.

The five member jury comprised of the following renowned personalities who commenced their work as early as the 1st of January, to screen and choose the best among the fifteen films: B.Lenin (Film maker); Gnani (Media personality); M.Sivakumar (Documentary film maker); Ilampirai (Poet); Brindha (General Activist).

Besides, this five member jury, there were also present: Sharatsurya & Balaji Sakthivel, as our special guests to grace the occasion. Sharatsurya is a film maker, presently busy with his film “Pachai Manidhan”, a film that speaks about the misery of our poor farmers who are battling with drought conditions. Balaji Sakthivel has done a recent film called “Kaadhal”, a low budget film that skillfully avoids the frills and fancies and concentrates on the “content” alone.

The Winners: “Kaatrodu” (a short fiction) “Nasindhu Varum Nesavu” (a documentary) and “Lifeline” (A documentary based on the conversion of meter gauge to broad gauge) bagged the awards for the best three in that order. As per Lein’s suggestion, the audience was asked to nominate the best film by a show of hands. The film “RAASATHI” won their hearts. This is a film on female infanticide. Mementos were given by the students to the judges as a token of their thanks and appreciation.

DBICA used this opportunity to organize these young film makers into a team, in order that they may network towards screening of such films in different parts of the country, thus using media as a powerful tool to bring about a change in society.

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