Venue: National Film Archive of India, Law College Road, Pune
The Department of Media and Communication Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University, would be hosting the 8th National Short Film Festival (NSFF) on 22nd and 23 rd February 2019. The Festival, which aims to bring young and aspiring filmmakers together with Industry Professionals, is one the biggest student-organised Short Film Festivals in the country. Since its launch 8 years ago, NSFF has grown not just in the number of entries it receives but also with the recognition by industry professionals . This year, NSFF is proud to collaborate with NFAI as an organizer. NFAI, Law College Road would be home to the festival in February 2019. Shortlisted entries of the festival would be screened at NFAI over the span of the two days. The National Short Film Festival attracts filmmakers from all over the country, and winners are elected across categories like Best Screenplay, Best Direction, Best Cinematography and more with a total of 11 award categories up for grabs. Winners are awarded cash prizes and the Saraswati Trophy. The Saraswati Trophy is dedicated to Saraswati Phalke, the first female technician of the Indian Film Industry and wife of the pioneer filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke.
Inaugural - Chief Guests (22nd Feb 2019) at 10AM
Team of Anandi Gopal would be gracing the inaugural function.
Anandi Gopal, a Zee Studios production directed by Sameer Vidwans, is a biographical drama that recounts the life of Anandibai Joshi, who studied medicine at the Women's Medical College in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century and went on to become India's first female doctor.
Opening Film - Sound Proof - 22nd Feb 2019, 11.30AM
Director: Aditya Kelgoankar
Cast : Soha Ali Khan, Vinay Pathak
Synopsis: A young divorced woman, Sana, rents an apartment in Mumbai hoping for a new independent life.
Instead, she finds herself caught in a maze of peculiar occurrences. Her attempts to unearth the mystery makes her run into a society that has insulated itself. A society that's rigid with fear by serving the powerful.
The film premiered in New York in May and it is still travelling, so far it has travelled to 11 festivals and won the award for the Best Short film in 3 festivals and got an Honorable Mention in one.
The list of festivals so far:
1. Best Short Film: International Documentary and Short film festival 2018 (IDSFFK), Kerala
2. Best Short Film: Bay Area South Asian Film Festival 2018
3. Honorable Mention: Asia South-East Short film festival 2018, Cambodia
4. Best Short Film: OIFFA 2018, Ottawa
5. Premiere: NYIFF 2018, New York
6. Showcase: Singapore South Asian film festival, Singapore, 2018
7. Showcase: Silk Screen Asian American Film festival, Pittsburgh, 2018
8. Hot Shorts: Jagran Film Festival 2018
9. In Competition: Indian film festival of Houston, 2018
10. Showcase: Belgaum International Film Festival, 2018
11. Showcase: Aurangabad International Film Festival, 2019
Young, proactive, and ambitious, Anusha Nandakumar is one of the driving forces behind the tremendously popular digital phenomenon ‘Bhartiya Digital Party’ also known as ‘BhaDiPa’. During her journey as a film director, producer and screen writer, Anusha won the prestigious National Film Award for her short documentary ‘The Boxing Ladies’. The film was screened at various international film festivals and was greatly appreciated.
Award winning filmmaker Ramchandra PN is known for his inventive contributions towards the industry, and has directed several feature length as well as short films. He received the prestigious National Film Award for his vastly lauded film ‘Putaani Party’ in 2009. His films like ‘Suddha’ and ‘Heart Troubles of Ramchan Tirchuipalli Azamghar' were greatly appreciated by the critics and audience alike. Yet another of his popular works is ‘The Unbearable Being of Lightness’, a documentary film based on the highly appalling Rohit Vemula case. Along with a career as a filmmaker, he actively conducts academic workshops at various film schools in India.
Mahavir Sabbanavar is an alumna of Film and Television Institute of India. He recieved the prestigious National Film Award for Audiography in 2014, for the Marathi film 'Khwada'. He also won the award for best sync sound recording at the Maharashtra State Film Awards for the Marathi film 'Dashakriya'. He has also worked as sound designer on short films. His work was vastly appreciated for films like Dashakriya, Khwada, The Plan, Ringan: The Quest, Ghat etc.
Closing Film on 23rd February 2019 - would be the Winning Film