eNarada, Bengaluru, March 17, 2017
Bengaluru is often dubbed as a city of movie buffs and probably this is the reason why the city welcomes the film festivals with a thumping joy. The latest film festival to create waves was Festellen international short film festival held in the city on March 14, 2017. Hundreds of movie goers were treated to top notch short films.
Ravindra Parmaeshwarppa, director of ‘Nirantara’ which was the only Kannada short film that was selected for the fest. eNarada Picture.
According to organisers, every week there are hundreds of short films that are being produced. Most of them settle down for YouTube screening despite every producer/director dream of screening their movie in a theatre. Hence Festellen fest was providing opportunity, where in film makers bring in their best of short film talents on the big screen.
To ensure that quality short films are made, Festellen has a professional judging panel that is focussed on getting the crème de la crème. Every movie goes through a stringent selection procedure. A panel of randomly selected cine-lovers watch every entry that is sent. They rate each movie for its uniqueness and its power to grip the audience. The top 100 movies are then played to a panel of movie professionals who select a maximum of 50 movies based on their superior technicalities. These movies are finally screened in a HD theatre of high quality. With almost 1,000 entries in three different languages and about 150 winners, Festellen has always stayed true to its intention of inception. The entries range from social cause to romance to thriller to comedy.
One of the highlights of this year’s short film festival was the screening of ‘Nirantara’, a Kannada short film directed by Ravindra Parmaeshwarppa. In fact, Nirantara was the only Kannada short film that was selected for the fest. Mr Ravindra told eNarada that the movie produed under Shashinirmala Arts and Samen Entertainers has been selected for screening at a number of famed fests including Aakruti international film festival, Mumbai, Miami independent film fest, Calcutta international cult film fest, AAB international film fest, Punjab, Cortokino film fest, Mumbai, Inidewise, Florida and Picturflick Indiefilm fes, Delhi and Mumbai.