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DBICA's Short Film Extravaganza


By Alathi AC
Chennai, Feb. 24. A short film extravaganza of international flavor is in the offing at EGA cinemas on the 25th and 26th of February 2011. The fifth edition of the International Short Film festival of India is back again in Chennai, with a spectacular collection of 60 short listed entries meticulously selected from the 552 entries that came from 42 countries.
A short film extravaganza of international flavor is in the offing at EGA cinemas on the 25th and 26th of February 2011. The fifth edition of the International Short Film festival of India is back again in Chennai, with a spectacular collection of 60 short listed entries meticulously selected from the 552 entries that came from 42 countries.
Since its inception in 2007, ISFFI has become one of the fastest growing short film festivals in India. The festival holds special significance as it is being organized by the Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts (DBICA) in direct collaboration with the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Tamil Nadu in collaboration with a number of International festival groups, media institutes and colleges.
The dignitaries to be present at ISFFI are Mr. Parithi Illamvazhuthi, the Honourable Minister for Information & Public Relations, Mr. Elangovan, Joint Director, Department of Information, Actor Parthiban, Film Directors Agathiyan, R.K. Selvamani, Kathir, Praveenkanth, SS. Stanley, Sabaa, Vetrimaran, Gaurav, Abhishek, Film Editors B. Lenin, Suresh Urs, Suresh Menon, Italian delegates Aldo Villabruna and Ugo dalla Longa, Cinematographers, Cinematographer D. Rajasekar and many others.
This festival aims at involving young filmmakers, budding cinematographers, students of media institutes and colleges and exposing them to the viability of high quality short films. The ISFFI Director, Fr. Harris affirmed ''DBICA is committed to resurrect short films and short film makers and offer them a unique status among the public, and reiterate its role as a powerful medium and an alternate cinema''. ISFFI is no doubt a unique experience, applauded by filmmakers and attendees as one of the best programmed short film festivals in India accepting all genres, attracting entries from film makers both national and international and showcasing an amazing mix of award winning shorts.  
''I never believed short films could make much sense, but after staying here at ISFFI for a day, I really felt I have enjoyed some of the best movies for my life. It has changed my whole perspective towards Short films'', remarked Jones of Infosys while narrating his experience at ISFFI 2010. Short films have their own power to communicate powerfully themes that can very well entertain, educate and elevate.
The 60 short films that are scheduled to be screened during this two day festival, have been chosen by an eminent board of Jury, under the leadership of the noted Film maker and Editor B. Lenin with Film maker and Cinematographer Suresh Menon, Mr. Ranjith, Head of the Department - Editing & Direction, L.V. Prasad Film & TV Institute and Film maker Ramesh. ''Every short film has been carefully chosen, and the audience will surely enjoy every film'' remarked Brendah who coordinated the board of Jury for ISFFI 2011.
The shorts to be screened for ISFFI have a variety of topics ranging from Family, Society, Environment, Discrimination, Economic Recession, Women issues etc. ''Nowhere can you see such an amazing collection of International Short films. They won't appear in any theatre, neither be sold at any shop...You see them or you miss them'' commented AC Alathi, the Chief Coordinator of ISFFI 2011, while speaking about the quality of the short films. The festival is certainly going to be a feast for the eyes, as the films depict contemporary society with all its nuances.
ISFFI has remained as an excellent platform to bring filmmakers, media students and audiences to showcase their work, foster interaction and networking. Exciting awards are in store for the winners of the festival and a good number of film makers from various parts of India are expected to participate in ISFFI 2011. ISFFI offers a personal touch not matched by any other festival and it is going to be a treat to the Chennaities.

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