Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar will head the jury for the short film festival of Sahara One Network’s Filmy. The channel had earlier announced its new initiative, Short Films, wherein talented filmmakers were invited to showcase their work. The festival that began on May 17, 2006, has received over 150 entries (in Hindi as well as other regional languages), and the last day for submitting entries is July 15, 2006.
Bhandarkar, a National Award winner and director of films like ‘Page 3’, ‘Chandini Bar’ and ‘Satta’, will shortlist the entries received for this initiative.
The shortlisted films will be aired on the channel and viewers can vote their favourite film. The ‘Audience favourite’ film and its filmmaker will be profiled on Filmy.
Said Shantonu Aditya, CEO, Sahara One Media and Entertainment Ltd, “We are very excited to get Madhur on board. His inputs will be very critical in identifying talent and deciding on the final films that will be telecast on Filmy.”
He further said, “This festival is a quest to do something innovative on Filmy and also lend a platform for filmmakers whose talents have not been tapped as yet.”
Ashutosh, Business Head, Filmy, said, “The response has been encouraging. We will continue to introduce such platforms for developing and showcasing emerging talent.”
Bhandarkar is hopeful that this initiative would get some fresh talent in the Hindi film industry. He said, “I wish such a platform was available when I entered this industry. This is a great opportunity for independent and amateur filmmakers to exhibit their talent on a national level.”
Commenting on the criteria for shortlisting the films, Bhandarkar said, “We will consider the performances and how challenging it was for the filmmaker to make the film.”
Filmy has invited entries from writers, directors, producers, cinematographers and animators among others. The festival will include all genres such as drama, documentary, live action, science fiction, and horror.