Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bollywood biggies including Naseeruddin Shah, Zeenat Aman, Nawazuddin Siddique and Manjot Singh in short films @ LISFF 2013

Short films these days have been very much in the media with the release of Bombay Talkies that clubbed 4 short films together and released it as a feature film. This initiative got a good thumb up from the audiences and the critics alike. Close on the heels comes another news that Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor will soon be seen in a Konkani-English short film, directed by Homi Adajania and produced by Saif Ali Khan’s Illuminati Films. With main stream Bollywood actors showing a keenness to do short films, it’s a clear indication that short films are soon going to be the next big thing in recent times.

With a theme line Lets go BIG with shorts, LISFF is also ‘going and growing’ a bit big with short films from around the globe. It has not only received globally awarded films, but also has received a prestigious entry of the Oscar award winning film ‘Curfew’ by Shawn Christensen. To add to its status, LISFF has also received Cannes entry films including ‘The Plan’ by Vivek Sharma, ‘Ria’ by Abhishek Talukdar and ‘Mombatti’ by Puneet Prakash and National Award winner “Timbaktu” that tops the list.
However, the icing on the cake are short films from India that have popular Bollywood actors including Naseeruddin Shah, Nawazuddin Siddique, Zeenat Aman, Manjot Singh and the like in short films. While versatile actor Naseeruddin Shah will be seen in “Goonj - the empty call” a documentary by Adhiraj Bose on Charas cultivation in Himachal Pradesh, Nawazuddin Siddique will be seen in Sriram Dalton’s short fiction “OP stop smelling your socks.” While Bollywood’s diva Zeenat Aman will be seen in a Male Rape drama “Breaking the Silence” by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Manjot Singh who is coming the soon to be released ‘Fukrey’ will be seen in Gagan Puri’s “The Dream”. A few of the telly stars are also to be seen in some thought provoking films. While Vibha who has acted in popular serials including 'Balika Vadhu' will be seen in Sanjeev Nanda’s “Shyamli - Ek Pratha”, Anubhav Krishna Srivastava who’s playing Sachin in Balaji Telefilms ‘Pavitra Rishta’ will be seen in Souvik Gupta’s “Stranger”, mentioned Mahua Mazumdar, Festival Coordinator.

“We are also going to initiate talks with Sudhir Mishraji if we can get his acclaimed ‘Kirchiyaan’ to be screened at our festival. Kirchiyaan that stars Chitrangada Singh, Sushant Singh, Vipin Sharma, Manu Rishi and others is a real time story about how a bizarre incident in a Chhattarpur farm changes the lives of many people. How the past comes back to redeem itself, how lives get shattered and cleaned up in just 15 minutes and how life offers a sudden opportunity to make it large… in just one moment,” added Mahua.

Serving as Madhya Pradesh’s only short film festival, the Lakecity International Short Film Festival (LISFF) 2013 is founded to showcase MP as a leader in contemporary filmmaking, and aims to exhibit the most captivating and innovative short content. Slated to be the biggest event in the Heart of Incredible India in Bhopal - LISFF 2013 is a four day festival from August 29th to September 1st, 2013.

Breaking all stereotypes, LISFF’s mission is to present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor indie film makers. These films will be organized thematically, in hopes of representing the full range of the human experience as reflected by our chosen filmmakers. LISFF will also be a vital showcase for indie film makers as the festival is also introducing the PSA Films Category in addition to its competitive sections.

In the centenary year of Indian cinema, the four day festival will see people of various communities thronging the venue to enjoy the short films from countries like Spain, Italy, UK, USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Iran, Poland in English and the country’s own languages. Indian regional language films like Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri, and in all South Indian languages will be showcased.

The festival, which is open to filmmakers of all ages, showcases both amateur and professional small movies on any subject and in any style. Films of all different genres under 30 minutes in length and family friendly are accepted as submissions for the festival. They include action movies, animations, fantasy, drama, science fiction, comedy, cartoons, documentaries and experimental movies.

Organized by Eon Films in conjunction with O.M. Filmz and coordinated by Aura Events, Codes & Pixels as well as Olivine Ventures, the festival has awards in more than 19 categories. LISFF is also introducing Audience Polls for the People’s Choice Awards as well as Critics Award that will be decided by the critics. In both cases, the winners will take home a statuette of the festival’s mascot.

Interested filmmakers may have their questions asked by contacting organizers at or log on to for more details.

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