The GEMS (General Event Management Society) of HR College, in association with Whistling Woods International, is organizing an inter-collegiate short film-making competition called Shotcuts, on August 18th. The theme will be ‘Emotions’.
Colleges from all over Mumbai are expected to participate in this event. This day-long competition will be judged by a high-power panel of film makers: Suraj Barjatya, Subhash Ghai, Rahul Rawail and the Dean of Whistling Woods, Kurt Inderbitzin.
Organizers claim that this is the first instance of a film-making competition being organized on the college circuit as a stand-alone event and not as part of a larger cultural festivals. “It’s creating a buzz all over. There has been a tremendous amount of response from everyone,” says Paras Fatnani, the president of GEMS. “Right now we are more into shaping up this event and getting to the right crowd who can make sensible short movies. The preparations began in the month of May, and are going on big time,” he adds.
Participation is for teams of two. Colleges can send in any number of teams. Any camera can be used. The movie cannot exceed five minutes. Entries will be short listed and the top 10 movies will be chosen for the final screening. All entries will be uploaded on their sponsor website one week prior to the event, so that anyone can view them, and vote for their favourite. The movie with the maximum votes will win the Most Popular Movie Award.
Nikita Desai, a senior member of GEMS says, “The parameters for judging will be creativity, expression, concept, quality and cinematography. The movie has to showcase true emotions.” They have roped in quite a few big names like John Players, Radio One, Cinemax, Bright Advertising and Cafe Coffee Day for sponsoring the prizes. Participants can submit their movies at all CCD outlets. The last date for submission of entries is August 10. For more information in this event, log on to www.mintstick.com, or drop in at any CCD outlet.