If you are a movie buff, and are not exactly in a mood to party with friends this weekend, here is one excuse you can give. Book your seats and get ready for an Indian and International short films bonanza.
The first Maharashtra Short Film Festival has been organised by a city-based group, Marathi Chitrapat Parivar. Since its inception in 2011, the group has been organising Pune Short Film Festival annually, along with other events and competitions. This festival will see some interesting line-ups from across the world, especially from the UK, Germany, Spain and Australia. The group had received around 270 short films, of which they have selected 50 films for screening and competing at the festival, including eight short films by Pune-based filmmakers. The main criteria for selection was that each film will have a duration of not more than 30 minutes, and must have all English subtitles for foreign language movies.
Yogesh Baraskar, founder and director, Marathi Chitrapat Parivar says, “We don’t have any theme for the festival. But most of the films we received were based on child-related issues such as child labour.”
Different genres of films have been included in this festival such as documentary, experimental, narrative, fiction and animation. Two best films, two best directors, and other creative and technical sections will be awarded at the fest. Marathi Chitrapat Parivar also plans to have their first Goa Short Film Festival, which is slated for October this year.
Where: National Film Archive of India, Law College Road
When: May 24 and 25