So, here’s a riddle to start. When do you know that short films are the next thing? When traditional companies start thinking digital. And when do you know that Short Films are the Next Big Thing? When there are entire festivals dedicated to short films. And if the headlines are anything to go by, Short Films are definitely here to stay and have a long way to go. At last count, at least 4 festivals are lined up with one thing in common – they will celebrate the newest medium to hit the block – short films.
Love it or hate, but the horror genre is never going away. There is something about things that go bump in the night that captures the audience’s attention since decades. The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival intends to celebrate that thought. The festival is giving out cash prizes too. The Sixth Sense Horror Film Festival will be held from May 18th to May 20th in Mumbai.
Mainstream cinema is just waking up to alternate stories and alternate sexualities. Though films are not as blatant as the eighties and nineties in denigrating alternate sexualities, film makers find it very difficult to bring to the fore such characters. Short film makers have no issues like these because they already have a platform in the various digital streaming services.
The 8th Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival comes from this freedom that film makers experience while making films for the streaming media. The festival will have more than 140 films from 44 countries. The films will talk about various subjects that are crucial to the LGBTQ lifestyle. This festival will be held in Mumbai, from 24th May to 28th May.
Ever had the thought that regional cinema is far, far better than most of the Bollywood trope that we see on the big screen? Well, many have that idea. It is a general consensus that regional cinema, if given the right exposure can be much, much more successful than Bollywood.
The Punjabi Film Industry’s ‘Sur Saanjh’ is a festival that keeps this in mind. The festival is the brainchild of Navtej Sandhu, whose film ‘Nooran’ was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. In an earlier media interaction, Sandhu said that the quality of the short films will force mainstream cinema to come up with better content.
If you think that the short film wave is only in the West and the North, you have another thought coming. There’s another short film festival, the MIFF Media Film Festival in Kozhikode, which will screen 25 award winning short films along with 3 full length feature films. The three short films are Manthan (1976), Agraharathil Kazhuthai (1977) and Amma Ariyan (1986)
With streaming becoming so famous and affordable, we are quite sure that these four film festivals are just tip of the iceberg of a fact – film festival managers are looking at short films as the next big thing and investing their time, money and expertise in creating more and more short film festivals.