Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Manhattan Short 2014 in India to be held in Mumbai

Manhattan Short 2014 in India, the international platform which showcases, celebrates and awards short films from across the world will also conduct a variety of workshops covering different aspects of filmmaking and short film making. Manhattan Short 2014, India chapter, will be held from 3rd October 2014 to 5th October 2014 at Sitara Studio in Mumbai. The festival will screen the ten best short films that have been selected from across the globe.

This film movement began in 1998 and has today become the most sought after platform of its kind. The festival has long established its global exposure by dedicating itself to the short film genre and witnessing hundreds of entries from across the world every year.

This year Manhattan Short 2014 in India and its chief patron Vivanta by Taj conducted an exciting competition named, ‘Vote for India’. This initiative saw filmmakers from across India send in their short film entries to vie for a spot in the global finalist list. The films were hosted on the India chapter’s website – www.manhattanshortindia.com where Indian audiences voted for the films they believed deserved to be in the global finalist list and winners of the India chapter of the festival.  Three India winners have been decided post the voting conducted. These three winners each have won a chance to create a short film for Vivanta by Taj.

In the global finalist list, this year’s top ten films have been selected from USA, UK, Germany, France, Mexico, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, and England. The films deal with a range of subjects which includes romance to sci-fi, animation and a docu-short. These films have won multiple accolades at various festivals around the world and will be screened at Manhattan Short 2014.

Manhattan Short 2014 in India will also present a few workshops for the youth and upcoming film makers by renowned artistes who will share their thoughtful insights with the audience.

Manhattan Short 2014 in India will kick start the event with an interesting workshop on “The SHORT Film Industry: Boom!” This session will have panelists like Cyrus Dastur, Founder, Shamiana Shorts, Saameer Mody, Managing Director, Pocket Films, renowned film maker Paromita Vohra and Avijit Mukul Kishore, film-maker and Co-Curator of The FD Zone who will share their insights on the growth of the short film industry in India.

Manhattan Short 2014 will present an interesting workshop on ‘Rainbow Stories - Queering Indian Shorts’ with Sridhar Rangayan from Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

“Joys of Film Editing” workshop with Film Editors Dipika Kalra and Antara Lahiri aims to be a resource to help upcoming film makers with various thoughtful insights from the experts. Renowned Film Critic Bhawna Somaaya will conduct a workshop sharing her experiences of film making, and presenting her debut short film that she has made with winner of “Vote for India initiative” Stalin Massey.

Ashvin Kumar, Oscar-nominated filmmaker for his film ‘Little Terrorist’, will conduct a workshop on making an Oscar-worthy short film at Manhattan Short 2014.

According to Anil Sadarangani, Festival Director, India, “With Manhattan Short’s global reach, this is a dream come true for any filmmaker to be a part of. We hope to receive a great response from the city with the grand repertoires of short films presented at the festival.”

Manhattan Short Film Festival is a unique festival wherein the audience will not only be watching and enjoying the films, but judging them as well giving filmmakers the ultimate award they could hope for – the audience award. Each audience member will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes will be tallied at each participating cinema around the world and submitted to festival headquarters in New York City where the winner will be announced. Audiences can also catch the webcast live on www.vivantabytaj.com. This is a filmmaker’s chance to be a part of something extraordinary, one of the largest and most exciting cinematic events of the year. Entry Free on First Come First Served basis.

Date: 3rd October to 5th October, 2014
Time: 2.00 pm onwards
Venue: Sitara Studio, Tilak Bhavan, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, Dadar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012

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