FILMONIA – 2020 online All India short film contest activates creative adrenalin flow

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Jamshedpur, July 11: The prevailing pandemic conditions may have created several doubts and fears, and quite naturally so but the creative zeal was impossible to contain and the result has been a bonanza of talents known and unknown coming to the fore to create new benchmarks on the artistic canvas. People were restrained from moving out but these constraints were not strong enough safety lassos to harness the pools of oozing talents. FILMONIA – 2020 proved just that as mental images on many aspects found online expressions to compete at the national level. The elite panel of jury comprising Chairman Ramesh Hansda and members Rakesh Pandey and prominent Bollywood serial and screen actor Shikha Shukla put across their observation that there were winners but definitely no losers in the closely fought competition.

FILMONIA – 2020 was jointly organized under the aegis of Media Mantra Acting Academy and R Motion Pictures. At a virtual news meet organized to announce the names of the winning entries, veteran actor and thespian Hari Mittal, the Director of Media Mantra and popular stage and screen actor who has left a mark with every outing who is also the Director of R Motion Pictures Shiv Kumar Prasad in the company of social activist and organizer of this hugely successful event Kamal Kishor Agrawal stated that by the concluding day of entries on June 30, 45 entries had been received. The time span fixed for each short film was between 5 and 30 minutes each. The entries were divided into two segments – general and COVID-19 based.

They informed that out of the 45 entries received from all across India, four were rejected because they were less than five minutes in duration. Out of the remaining 41 entries in the race, 30 were put in the general category while 11 in the COVID-19 section. No participation fee was charged from the entrants. All entries were sent online.

The jury awarded four short films in the general category which included a Jury’s Mention while the COVID-19 section had first and second awards. All participants were given e-certificates for their encouraging endeavor.

In the general section the first prize was won by an entry from Uttar Pradesh, ‘Silent Love’ a Keshav Film Production venture directed by Bal Krishna Singh. The second place was bagged by Kolkata entry, ‘Door Bell’ a film by Lipi Banerjee and directed by Sumitro Banerjee. Mumbai entry, ‘Vikrit’ (Deformed) a film produced by Raj Khandelwal and directed by Manish Khandelwal. The Jury’s Mention Award went to Jamshedpur entry, ‘Dharm’ by director Masroor Siddique.

Among the 11 entries in the COVID-19 category, the entry from Ranchi, ‘Gaon Ka Naam Corona’ walked away with the top prize. The film, produced by Niraj was directed by the JFTA team. The second prize went to Jamshedpur based filmmaker who has made a name for himself and his unit by creating short films through the lockdown period with artistes from tinsel town Mumbai and Jamshedpur under his FINTAH banner, Kumar Rajesh for his entry, ‘Akhbaar Mein Naam’ (Name in the Newspaper).

The cash prize amounts in either category are Rs 1,500 (first), Rs 1,000 (second), Rs 600 (third) and Rs 400 (Jury’s Mention).

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