7th DMCS National Short Film Festival

Festival Schedule - PDF

Inaugural - Chief Guests (19th Feb 2018) at 10AM

Sai Tamhankar

 Dnyanesh Zoting

Sai Tamhankar is an actress who has acted in Hindi and Marathi films in the last decade. She is recipient of Zee Gaurav award in 2015.

She is known for her performances in films like Ghajini, Rita, Pune 52, Balak Palak, Time Please, Hunterrr, Postcard, Classmates, Family Katta etc.

She is the lead actress in Dnyanesh Zoting's Rakshas, set to release on 23rd Feb 2018 and her co-star is Sharad Kelkar.


Dnyanesh Zoting studied theatre under noted Marathi playwright Satish Alekar at Pune University's Centre of Performing Arts. He did his post-graduation from Department of Media & Communication Studies, Savitribai Phule Pune University.

He made 3 short films that has played across festivals like Mumbai International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Kerala. He assisted Marathi film makers like  Paresh Mokashi & Satish Manvar.

His directorial debut film 'Rakshas' (The Monster) is set to release on 23rd February 2018.

Opening Film - Sakhisona - 19th Feb 2018, 11.30AM

Sakhi Sona

Director: Prantik Basu

Producer: Film and Television Institute of India

Near Mogulmari in the south of West-Bengal in India lies a mound known locally as Sakhisona. The stories about it are still sung by local musicians. A dig nearby recently uncovered the remains of a monastery as well as some 6th-century objects. The film shows the objects unearthed and re-enacts the stories and folklore.

  • Tiger Award - 46th International Film Festival of Rotterdam
  • Silver Conch - Best Short Fiction, Mumbai International Film Festival, 2018


Information and Poster Source: IMDb

Interaction with Mhorkya team, 20th Feb 2018, 11.30AM 

The Marathi feature film 'Mhorkya' won 3 awards at the 16th Pune International Film Festival in January 2018. It bagged awards for Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Audience Award for Best Film. The Department of Media and Communication Studies is proud to be the alma-mater of the core team of this film. 

Director: Amar Bharat Deokar

Cinematography: Girish Jambhalikar

Editing: Nilesh Meena Rasal

Executive Producer: Umesh Malan

Child Actor: Raman Vasant Deokar



Festival Jury

Fowzia Fathima


Ashwin Ramanathan



Prasad Oak 

Fowzia Fathima is a renowned cinematographer, media educator and director known for films like Mitr, My Friend (2002) which won 3 National Awards, and Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Vara (M3C) which won the Best Feature Film (International) & Best Drama Feature at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival; and Silver in digital film category at Cairo International Film Festival. She is an alumnus of FTII Pune.

She is the founder of Indian Women Cinematographers Collective (IWCC) which aims to nurture new and young female talent aspiring to crank the camera. IWCC also serves as a database and record of women’s works. 

She has worked as faculty in cinematography at Satyajat Ray Film & Television Institute (Kolkata), K. R. Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science & Arts (Trivandrum), Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technologoy (Bangalore), L. V. Prasad Film & Television Academy (Chennai) and Leeds Metropolitan University. 


Ashwin Ramanathan has over a decade of experience in teaching film editing in the digital domain. He is an alumnus of FTII Pune and is a domain expert in Editing Systems by Real Image Media in India.

His span of work includes the films Phir Milege (2004) by Revathy, the documentary on classical singer Kishori Amonkar, Bhinn Shadja (2011) directed by Amol Palekar. He worked as Associate Editor in Mitr, My Friend (2002) directed by Revathy which won the National Award for Best Editing. He has done commercial spots for various brands in production houses such as Rajiv Menon Productions, JS Films among others. 

He has worked as Film and Video Editing faculty at L. V. Prasad Film &  Television Academy in Chennai, and Assistant Professor in Film Editing at Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shiv Nadar University.


Prasad Oak is a multi-faceted personality. He is a director, well-known actor, producer, anchor, poet and singer. He started his career as an assistant director for the play Premachi Gosht. He further established himself as an actor in Marathi television serials such as Char Diwas Sasuche, Awaghachiya Sansar, Asambhav, Wadalwaat and Honar Soon Me Hya Gharchi. He has acted in 40 odd Marathi and Hindi movies. Throughout his career, he has also stuck to his passion for theatre with plays such as Naandi, Waada Chirebandi and Ranangan.

The actor’s directorial debut Kachcha Limbu (2017), was screened at the 48 th International Film Festival of India, 2017 in Goa and the 16th Pune International Film Festival in Jan 2018.


Closing Film - Sambhavtaha - 20th Feb 2018


Gaurav Madan did his Masters from Department of Media and Communication Studies. After assisting Shashank Ghosh (Quick Gun Murugan & Khubsurat) and Raja Menon (Barah Aana, Airlift &  Chef), he started working as a freelance ad film director. Gaurav has produced over 200 TV and digital commercials and has his own Ad Production firm Last Joker Pictures based in Mumbai. In 2014, one of Gaurav's feature film scripts 'Shaktipur Crude' was part of the Indian edition of Sundance script lab. Gaurav is currently in the process of making his maiden feature film.

Synopsis: The government is acquiring thousands of hectares of farmland to build a highway. Farmers are questioning the move. Most are agitating quietly, but some are threatening to commit suicide. This is the story of a farmer, Vinoba, who decides to take an extreme action, but not take his own life. For the love of his land he picks up the sickle, which he uses to cut crops, to scare away the land sharks. And he does succeed.

However, does this happen for real or is it the reality in his subconscious mind that we see?

Poster Source: IMDb

Valedictory Chief Guest - Vikram Gokhale (20th Feb 2018)

 Vikram Gokhale

Vikram Gokhale is a well-known Indian film, television and stage actor, notable for his roles in Marathi theatre and Hindi films and television.

He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2011 for his Acting in Theatre.

He won National Film Award for Best Actor category for his Marathi film Anumati. He is also an active social worker.

Schedule of the festival with screenings will be announced by 16th/17th February 2018.

Departmental Activities


GIAN Programme: Studying Gender, Digital Labor and Globalization by Dr. Radhika Gajjala