Saturday, November 25, 2017

19th Madurai Film Festival - Alpavirama, Student films from Asia : curated by Arun Gupta


‘Alpavirama’ is comma in Sanskrit - a precious pause - a brief stretch of time reclaimed for reflection and repose.

At the Film & Video Communication department in the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India we have been promoting short filmmaking for over quarter of a century. Short films are like life itself, with multiple colours and nuances, each transient yet forever. But a lot of short films never reach the audience as their authors neither having the will nor the wherewithal to proceed further. Through these years our students and faculty have created numerous short fiction and documentary films, and the artistic quality and social relevance of these films have been recognized the world over. Thus it’s natural that we play an active role in establishing a credible exhibition platform for short films – especially those given life by the under-30 youth, in these disparate yet uniquely alike lands of Asia. The previous three editions (2011, 2014, 2016) of Alpavirama were significant steps in that direction.

In Alpavirama 2016 we celebrated the vibrant Asian spirit; the diverse yet converging flavours of Asian Cinema in all its short form glory. This package is a selection of eight films from Alpavirama 2016.  It is curated by Prof. Arun Gupta (Principal Faculty and Discipline Lead, Film & Video Communication, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.) 

The films present in the package are :

1)    A Political Life (Docu/Award Winner/Myanmar)                          20 min
2)    Aina (Fiction/Award Winner/Bangladesh)                                    19 min
3)    Anjaan Raastey (Docu/Pakistan)                                                24 min
4)    Bilori (Fiction/NID)                                                                       21 min
5)    Pottu (Fiction/Award Winner/KRNNIVSA)                                   06 min
6)    Sagar Manav (Docu/NID)                                                            21 min
7)    Sarus (Fiction/Award Winner/FTII)                                              20 min
8)    Unusual Summer (Docu/China)                                                 29 min

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