Started in 2003, Frames Film Festival is an initiative by the BAMMC students of SIES (Nerul) College of Arts, Science and Commerce for young and budding, aspiring filmmakers from all over the world. Today it is India’s largest undergraduate film festival. The festival receives entries from all around the world and invites prominent personalities to judge them.
This year the event was held on the 14th, 15th and 16th of April in an online mode. The festival was powered by Mukesh Gupta and co powered by MTV Beats India.
The 18th edition of Frames Film Festival honoured the wonderful women of cinema and their contributions with its theme ‘Kriti- A Work of Art’. ‘Kri’ represents creation and ‘Ti’ here represents the women of cinema.
The categories of films that were screened this year were International Short Films, National Short Films, Animated Films, Documentaries, Contingent Films and Music Videos. More than 3000 entries were received from all around the world.
The Inauguration Ceremony was conducted on April 14th, the guest being TV and film actor Rohitash Gaud. When asked about his views on the film festival, he said “It is a great initiative and a platform like this is necessary, as it will help to usher in new talent.”
The first event for the day, International Short Films began by welcoming the judges which included actors Manoj Pahwa and Rohini Hattangadi.
Mr. Manoj praised the students saying, “Organising such a big event in the time span of just one month and that too online, it is really amazing.” The films that were screened for this category were received exceptionally well by both the jury and the online audience.
The second event for the day was National Short Films and had actors Neelu Kohli, Lubhna Salim and Gurinder Makna as the judges. The films showcased here also drew praise from the jury for the interesting themes and ideas portrayed in the stories.
The third and final event for the day was a panel discussion on Story Writing with the guest being writer and director Amreeta Roy. When asked about the necessity of complex language in stories, she answered that for the understanding of common man, simple language is preferred.
The second day started with the screening of Animation Films, the jury included Munjal Shroff, Shilpa Ranade and Soumitra Ranade. The judges answered many questions about the art of animation and gave insight into what it takes to make a career in animation. “There is a temperament involved, a lot of work goes into it, you have to be dedicated and ready to work long hours, it is also important to have your own voice and not imitate anybody,” said Shilpa Ranade. The films that were screened were met with praise from the judges for their uniqueness, the ideas explored and the different styles of animation used.
The next category of films were Documentaries and the judges were Attar Singh, Barun Mukherjee and Vibha Bakshi. The jury was impressed with the selection of documentaries, all of which varied in terms of subject matter and presentation. They also answered many questions about the making of documentaries. Attar Singh advised, “You have to go with the flow and capture as much as you can while staying true to your intent.”
The second day concluded with a panel discussion on Movie Poster Redesigning and the jury included Vikramjit Sachdev and Gautam Benegal. They discussed the importance and impact of good posters as well as the various elements of a great movie poster.
The third and final day of the festival began with the screening of Contingent Films. The jury consisted of actors Rajesh Kumar and Bhavana Balsaver. The judges admired the student made films and the creativity displayed in them. They also shared valuable advice for aspiring actors. “You have to be passionate, patient and be persevering because acting is a lot more than just standing in front of a camera and saying the dialogues, it is being a different person,” said Bhavana Balsaver.
The next category was Music Videos and the judges were Merlin D’souza and Vasundhara Das. The jury and the online audience were blown away by the beautiful tunes and the stunning visuals of the videos that were screened. When asked about how singers/musicians should approach Music Videos, Vasundhara Das responded with, “The video has to be in service of the song, it is different from films where the songs are serving the visuals.”
The final event for the day was a panel discussion on Photography with Surabhi Nair and Jayesh Mistry. They discussed in-depth about the world of professional photography and gave a message to those wanting to join the field. “Be consistent, love your work, be your own judge and never give up” said Surabhi Nayar. “Love the process, there is a lot to learn” added Jayesh Mistry.
An Awards Ceremony was conducted, and the results were declared by veteran actress Rohini Hattangadi who returned after having been on the jury for International Short Films on the first day. The faculty thanked all the judges, the sponsors, media partners and the students who worked hard to ensure that the festival was conducted with the same enthusiasm and vigour as in the past.
Frames Film Festival once again proved that it will continue to serve now and in the future as the ultimate platform for the promising filmmakers of tomorrow.