Period. End of Sentence Oscar win makes India proud

Co- produced by Guneet Monga's Sikhya entertainment the film deals with the stigmas associated with what women go through during menstruation

by Priyaankaa Mathur
Published - Feb 28, 2019 3:39 PM Updated: Feb 28, 2019 3:39 PM
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The ‘2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts Films’ live action nominees brings hard-hitting subjects, while the animated shorts are inspirational and heart touching!

Period. End of Sentence’ co- produced by Guneet Monga's Sikhya entertainment won the Best Documentary Short film at Oscars making India proud at 91st Academy Awards. The film deals with the stigmas associated with what women go through during menstruation. The film gives a very strong message that Period. is the end of a sentence but doesn't stop the life of a women in any way in achieving anything. The film has strongly brought forward the cause that has been supported by Feminist Majority Movement and Girls Learn International in US, that took 10 years in India to make an awareness across various villages, where the film has been shot, delving upon the work of the real Pad Man, Arunachalam Muruganantham.

While 'Bao' a 2018 computer animated short film written and directed by Domee Shi and produced by Pixar Animation Studios, won the Best Animation Short Film at the 2019 Oscars. The film carves out an emotional yet adorable journey of a Chinese woman who's dumpling gets alive to see it spring to life before her eyes while it grows and matures to leave his mother for the love of his life. The cartoon gig touches upon the emotional truths of life grounding well, bringing a twist in that astounds the audience in the end!

Short film ‘The Detainment’, a 30 minute heart-wrenching film also happens to be a part of this years’ short film nominations. The film is based on the true story of Jamie Bulger's murder case, a toddler who was brutally murdered by two 10 year old boys, Robert Thompson & Jon Venebles, after they snatched him from a butcher’s shop and brutally killed him. Based solely on the transcripts and police interviews conducted with Venebles and Thompson the film has yet again brought the case in the public eye that shook England in 1993, effects of which are still visible today. Every character in the film has been portrayed authentically and precisely very near to the actual characters involved in the interviews especially Thompson played by Leon Hughes and Venebles played by Ely Solan. The performances are some of the best works done by actors of this age that brings emotional turns to the story especially of Solan playing Venebles, who constantly cries and dramatises throwing himself into the arms of his mother or a detective, which he did to emotionally manipulate the detective while later was convicted.

England’s youngest ever murderers in modern history. The film deals remarkably with the intensity of the matter without showing any evils of the murder, though bringing forth the fact that the child was so brutally killed by the 10 year olds, who were convicted in the adult court and the true nature of the crime was never disclosed to public.

Indian viewers can now watch 2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films that has been brought by the ShortsTV, the world’s only TV channel dedicated to short movies available in India on Tata Sky. This exclusive release features the year’s most spectacular short films. This will be the first time that the Oscar Nominated Short Films are shown at the PVR Cinemas across 9 cities from 22 February: Mumbai, Delhi/NCR, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh.

“Short movies continue to be one of the most interesting and surprising filmmaking categories recognised by the Oscars every year. We are proud to be presenting these incredible films to Indian audiences for the first time. As the leading short movie entertainment company, we are seeing a surge in popularity for short movies in India and around the world," said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive at ShortsTV.

There is a vast scope for the short film industry in India which is a great stepping stone for budding film makers and actors while even the established actors and directors use the short film route to satisfy their creative appetite, as often short films can be made on much smaller budgets than feature films, without compromising on the quality.

In India ShortsTV launched exclusively with Tata Sky last November. Globally the channel is available across the US, Europe and Latin America, reaching approximately 70 million households. It is the first time the Oscar Nominated Short Films have been released in Indian cinemas. ShortsTV have been releasing the films in cinemas around the world for 14 years and this year will be its biggest year ever with the films screening in over 600 cinemas globally.

ShortsTV have had the biggest opening in the US this year, and this space is growing steadily. Globally, this marks the 14th consecutive year of the Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical experience that bestows a stunning showcase of talent and diversity of subjects, as the annual theatrical event continues to gain popularity. In 2018, the Oscar Nominated Short Films earned over $3.5 million in worldwide box office gross, double the level from just two years prior.

PVR Cinemas has exclusive distribution of the Oscar Nominated Short Films which have been marketing the release to their customers via their online channels and in their cinemas. PVR Cinemas have also been using its own TV channel, social media platforms and PR events to promote the release and have partnered with bookmyshow for the ticket sales.

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