CREATING a platform to encourage budding filmmakers and showcase shorts, Chennai-based OneStop Media (which otherwise specialises in e-learning solutions and animation), is conducting the first edition of their French City Film Festival. M Karthikeyan, an IT specialist and the technical director of the event, explains, “So far we have received around 200 registrations, of which some are very interesting. We have entries from places as far as Kashmir, besides cities like Mumbai, Gujarat, Kerala and the like.”
The festival will also have the participants competing for the best short award. Pondicherry-based Ananda Krishnan, director of the Bobby Simha starrer, Metro, will be the chief judge. While there are no age specifications, Karthikeyan informs us that, interestingly, the directors are all young, between the ages of 20 and 30.
All the movies are between five and 30 minutes. “The longest is Oru Poi (One Lie), a sci-fi adventure. The one from Kashmir is based on militancy and a Pakistani terrorist on the run,” he shares, observing that the time line for all the movies is between 2014 and 2016. Besides the screening of the participating films at the venue, Ashok Beach Resort, the festival also includes a fashion show choreographed by Karun Raman, a Russian dance showcase and, to wind things up, an EDM party by city-based DJs, Rudy, Goutam, Dominic and Sultan Azeez.
November 26. Prizes up to
Rs 3 lakh up for grabs.
— Karan Pillai