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An extended Carnival

19 Feb 2015 11:38pm IST

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Dolcy D’Cruz

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19 Feb 2015 11:38pm IST

Report by
Dolcy D’Cruz

The first edition of the three-day Goa Short Film Carnival 2015 will commence from February 20, 2015. The festival will give Goan short film makers an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience and a boost to continue making more films. Café speaks to the team behind the festival

Short films are making waves world over as an effective means of getting poignant ideas and messages across through creative media. And while this trend has reached the shores of Goa, unfortunately, there is no platform here where these films can be viewed except uploading them on Youtube. To give a better viewing experience of films as short as 3 minutes to 30 minutes, Goa Talkies is organising the Goa Short Film Carnival 2015, a three-day festival exclusively for short films. The festival, featuring 80 films, will be held from February 20 to 22, 2015 at Entertainment Society Goa, Maquinez Palace, Panjim.

“This is the first edition of the festival and we are very excited to present 80 films including 15 entries from Goa and three international entries – two from Doha, Qatar and one from Dubai, UAE. The remaining entries are from all over India,” says Amol Ajgaonkar, a short film maker who worked with Tinky George for their short film, ‘Psychology’.

He further adds, “There was no particular theme for the festival as we wanted to showcase different genres of films on a single platform. There is a competition category and a special category on Goa – ‘Feel Goa – Love Goa /Goa on Road’. We were happy with the response we received from the other filmmakers from Goa and around the country. We started campaigning through social media, especially Facebook, since the last four months.”

“When we released our first short film, ‘Gift’ and then ‘Psychology’, we didn’t know how to get it out to the audience. The International Film Festival of India also stopped their short film section. We understood the plight that other filmmakers were facing in Goa and decided to organise the festival dedicated to promoting short film making in the state. The jury for the festival consists of Sharmad Raiturkar, Swapnil Shetkar and Milroy Goes,” says Tinky.

The initiative is supported by Damu Naik, Chairman of ESG, who will be Guest of Honour for the inaugural ceremony while Francis D’Souza, Deputy Chief Minister of Goa will be the Chief Guest. The inauguration will be held on February 20, 2015 at 12.30pm with the opening film ‘The Guest’ by Bipin Khedekar, followed by the premiere of the film ‘Peon – Ek Chaprasi’ by Milroy Goes. Other Goan film makers whose films will be featured at the festival are Allan John and Josephfern, Sachi Naik, Vinay Vishnu Gawas, Swapnil Shetkar and Anant Dhond.

International films include, ‘Kindness’ and ‘Son, You are not alone’ from Doha, Qatar and ‘Desert Safari’ from Dubai.

A special screening of children’s films is also being organised on February 21, 2015 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and on February 22, 2015 from 10am to 10.45am with films ‘Little Hands’, ‘Shared Smiles’, ‘Pensou’, ‘Super Indian’ and ‘Flying Kites’.  ‘Pensou’ is an animated film made by Milind Kuri.

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