Jamshedpur, Nov. 21: SHORTS, the annual short film festival of Jamshedpur is back this weekend to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The Society for Promotion of Professional Excellence (SPPE) Jamshedpur and Take 5 Communications, Kolkata had collaborated in 2008 to bring to the steel city, the first ever short film festival, SHORTS 2008. Thanks to the overwhelming response from film buffs in Jamshedpur, the festival became an annual event thereon providing a platform for budding film makers especially from Jharkhand.
Over the years, the festival has screened short films with meaningful content made by professional, budding and student film makers from India and abroad. SHORTS have turned many first timers from Jamshedpur into professional film makers many of whom are today working in film industries of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai and several others are professionally working in Jamshedpur and other parts of Jharkhand. The decade long journey of SHORTS has thus been quite a fruitful one.
SHORTS 2017 happens on November 24, 25 and 26 at the Centre for Excellence, Jamshedpur from 5.00 pm each day. Forty three films would be screened in the span of three days. Films range between 3 min. to 25 min. addressing vital issues like Clean India, Women Empowerment, Health & Hygiene, Child Abuse, Terrorism, Education, Patriotism and other issues.
The respective films are in Hindi, English, Bengali languages and some are silent films categories being fiction, non-fiction and animation films. The participating film makers are from Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Patna. There is an international entry this year – DURRELL’S UNDERHOGS, a documentary film, by Daniel Craven from UK.
Participation of Educational Institutions has been a regular feature in SHORTS. The trend continues this year as well with DBMS English School and Karim City College participating with their student films. Student films from the Mass Communication Dept. of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and School of Broadcasting & Communication, Mumbai also feature in this year’s festival.
SHORTS 2017 arrives with a promise to deliver food for thought and to create an environment of healthy Cinema with a touch of style and loads of soul.