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12 Sep 2017 02:23am IST
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12 Sep 2017 02:23am IST
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Goa's Online Short Film Festival (GOSFF17) will be the first online competition dedicated to college students across Goa. The competition, which will be held on September 18, 2017, gives youngsters a platform to showcase their film-making talent. Café speaks to William Britto, Director Operations of WHN Digital, which will take these short films to the Goan diaspora, over the internet

Dolcy D’Cruz

Any good content that comes from Goa is welcomed with open arms by the Goan diaspora, and so entertainment takes the lead in the cultural sphere. WHN Digital website’s, ‘Goencho Balcao’ was launched last year as Goa's first official online entertainment platform, showcasing Goan films, tiatrs and music videos, which reach out to an audience across the world. This year, WHN Digital will be organising the first ever Goa's Online Short Film Festival (GOSFF17). The festival will feature short films submitted by various colleges of Goa. 

William Britto, the Director Operations of WHN Digital, explains the working of ‘Goencho Balcao’, saying “We have been connecting the Goan Diaspora across the globe to Goa and have a wide reach, with almost every country a Goan is residing in. In this list, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia and the Middle East are the most popular countries, which access the most data. On a monthly basis, approximately 30,000 to 50,000 visitors access our platforms globally. We decided to host GOSFF17 (Goa’s Online Short Film Festival) especially for college students across Goa, with the sole intention of promoting our Goan youth and giving them a platform to shine.”

The screening of GOSFF17 will be held on September 18, 2017, from 3pm onwards at Maquinez Palace, Panjim. The screening will begin with the short film, ‘Knock Knock’ at 3.30pm, ‘Goem Sanskrutaiechem Bhandar’ at 3.45pm, ‘Home Coming’ at 4.10pm, ‘Amchem Diaz’ at 4.35pm and ‘Goencho Tembo’ at 4.55pm. Every film will be followed by a short synopsis by college representatives. At 5.15pm, a special screening of the short film, ‘Hope’, by Benhur Shaan Silva will be followed by judges’ feedback and the award ceremony at 6.30pm.

“Films that were submitted for GOSFF17 had to work around the theme of traditional Goan folklore, occupation, craft, art and history, with Konkani as the major language. All exhibited films will be introduced by a commentator, and the filmmakers in attendance will be given the opportunity to speak to the festival audiences at the close of their film screening. Besides the screenings, the films will be uploaded on ‘Goencho Balcao’ on September 12 and 13, 2017,” says William.

The awards for the festival include ‘Best Film’, with an award and cash prize of Rs 25,000, ‘Best Cinematography’, with award and cash prize of Rs 5,000, ‘Online Favorite’ (Most Liked Online), will receive an award and cash prize of Rs 5,000 and the ‘Best Acting’ will receive an award and Rs 5,000.

“As this is the first edition of the festival, we have only five films to fit in the schedule for the evening screening. Benhur Shaan Silva's short film, ‘Hope’ will also be screened at the event. Entertainment Society of Goa is supporting the festival as hosting partners,” adds William. 


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