Wednesday, June 13, 2012

5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala(IDSFFK) concludes with award presentation.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy  inaugurated the  closing ceremony of the  five day long Fifth International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala . K.B. Ganesh Kumar, Minister for Cinema , gave away the awards. The awards included a certificate of merit and cash prize. Shashi Tharoor, MP; Priyadarshan ,Chairman ,Chalachitra Academy; Jayaraj ,Jury Chairman;Amar Kanwar, filmmaker ,Manojkumar,Secretary and Beena Paul ,Deputy Director ,spoke .Noted filmmakers Adela Peeva and Amar Kanwar were felicitated. The ceremony was followed by screening of the award-winning films and documentaries. The awards for best long documentary carries a prize money of Rs 1 lakh. The award for best short documentary and short fiction carries a prize of Rs 50,000 each. The best animation and music video have a cash award of Rs 25,000 each.  For best campus short fiction and best documentary cameraman, the prize money is Rs 10,000 each. Each award also carries a certificate of merit. Award-Winning   films:
Award-Winning   films:
The best film in Long Documentary:  ‘The Rat Race’ by Miriam Chandy Meenacherry .
The Jury Special mention for long documentary :  ‘Earth Witness: Reflections on the Times and Timeless’ by Akansha Joshi.
Short Documentaries:  ‘I am Micro’ directed by Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia
The Jury special mention in the Short Documentary:  ‘The Five Elements’ by Mohan Kumar Valsala and ‘Girl with the Kite’ by Walter D’Cruz.
Short Fiction :  ‘Bombay Snow’ by Chinmay Nagesh Dalvi
The  Jury Special Mention for Short Fiction :  ‘Rizwan’ directed by Deepthi Kurana and ‘Sattu’s Goggles’ by Shaheen Muhammed.
Best film in Animation  :  ‘Karim Barber’ directed by Tushar B More
Best Music Video ‘Inspiration’ directed by Viveka Chauhan
 Best Campus Film ‘One Rupee Tip’ directed by Rojin Thomas. 
 Best Documentary Cameraman: Sunny Lahiri (Five Elements)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fifth edition of International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) inaugurated

Gautham Ghosh , renowned film maker from West Bengal inaugurated the fifth edition of International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK) organized by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy  in Thiruvananthapuram. .He appreciated the initiative and interest of  the audience from this part of the country in supporting good films and its aesthetics."The Chalachitra Academy's initiative for organizing this festival is really commendable. No television channel in the country sets apart time slot for airing documentaries and short films," he said. V S Siva kumar ,Heath Minister of the State presided over the inaugural function in which the Bulgarian director Adele Peeva and Adoor Gopalakrishnan were  also present. The highlight of this edition of IDSFFK is the packages devoted for Afghan, Estonian and African short films. Gandhimathi Balan,Vice Chairman ,Beena Paul, Deputy Director and Manoj Kumar, Secretary spoke on the occasion. Retold by Loknath directed by Rajula Shah was the inaugural film.

Friday, June 1, 2012

94 films to compete in the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala(IDSFFK-2012)

The 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala will be held in Thiruvananthapuram ,Kerala from 8th June to 12th June 2012. The festival,  is being organized by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the Dept of Cultural Affairs, Govt of Kerala, as part of its endeavor to catalyze a vibrant documentary and short film movement. The festival aims to map and reflect the exploding nature of the medium in its many facets of creativity and resistance.94 films including 14 animation films,6 campus films,10 long documentaries,7 music videos ,23 short documentaries, and 34 short fictions  have been selected in the competition section of the current edition of the IDSFFK-2012. There were 620 entries competed in all the six categories. 31 Short films and documentaries from various countries would be screened in the international section of the festival. In the `Homage` section, eight films of eminent documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock would be screened. The Films of Adela Peeva and Amar Kanwar  are the other  highlights of the 5th edition of this fest.