Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sand Dunes International Short Film Festival to be held in Bikaner in December

Rajasthan is actively developing into an ideal space for filmmakers apart from offering wonderful locales which has been the fancy of our Bollywood since time immemorial. Naturally, adding more festivals to its list was also on the privy o many. After Jaipur, now Rajasthan has added one more festival to its list. Yes, a documentary, animation and short film festival is soon to be held in the desert city of Rajasthan, Bikaner from the 20th to 21st of December 2014.

Titled as the Sand Dunes International Short Film Festival (SDISFF), it has been conceived by few short film enthusiasts of Bikaner under the aegis of Lokayan, a non-profit organization. The SDISFF is an experimental platform for both film professionals and amateur film makers to catalyze short film and documentary movement in India.

The brain child of Sunil Joshi (Festival Director) who is an engineer by profession and presently working in Indian Railways is also an amateur short film maker. He is ably supported in this venture by Gopal Singh Chouhan (Festival Co-ordinator) who is an avid music-lover, researcher, event organiser and cultural activist from Bikaner. Through cultural heritage NGO Lokayan and his newsletter Yuvayan, Gopal campaigns for the restoration and preservation of Bikaner’s beautiful carved havelis, amongst other cultural ventures. He also works closely with Shabnam Virmani in The Kabir Project and has even successfully organised the Rajasthan Kabir Yatra - a beautifully envisaged roving village festival, celebrating the spirit of mystic poem and song.

To be held over a Two Day period, Short Films, Documentary, Animation film and Public Awareness Film (Non-Competitive) in any language with English sub-titles and of duration not more than 15 minutes, (including credits) will be accepted. Also the first time, Rajasthani language short films with English sub-titles are invited in a special category. Esteemed jury for the festival has been chosen from various spheres and includes the likes of writer/producer/director Mohan Das, actor/comedian Gurpal Singh from FTII, Actor/Screenwriter Gopal Tiwari and Mandakini Joshi who is a Theatre Artist.

Submission Fees & Prizes
While the submission fees for Indian participants is a mere Rs. 300/-, International participants will have to pay USD 15 per film. The festival has also announced Cash Prizes for each category. While the Best Short Film is entitled for a Cash prize of Rs.11000/- plus Certificate and Trophy, the Runner up Best Short Film in each category is entitled for a Cash prize of Rs.5000/- plus Certificate and Trophy. However, the top three films in Public Awareness Film (Non-Competitive) category will get Trophy and Certificate. At the same time, Boarding & Lodging for two crew members of films selected for screening will be provided only for the days of the festival.

To bring out unique and enlightening perspective on short film making, Sand Dunes International Short Film Festival will also be offering evocative panel discussions and workshops with industry practitioners. SDISFF has tied up with Lokayan, Hansaa Guest House, and SunArc Technologies who are actively supporting the event. Films & TV World - the online magazine for the films and television industry is the media partner to this event. For more details, log on to

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