So, for those who’d like quality entertainment in an easy, economic manner, the new good news in town is White Wall Screenings. White Wall Screenings is a unique event that celebrates the short film movement that’s hit not just the country but the world.
White Wall Screenings is the brainchild of Pratik Kothari, a film maker, Balraj Ghai, the owner of The Habitat and Chanda Gauranga from League of Indie Film Makers.
The last White Wall Screening that took place doubled up as a Pitch Fest, and TheDigitalHash was in attendance. Here’s what went down.
The venue was The Habitat, Unicontinental Hotel, Khar. That place is famous for hosting standup comedians, music events and other such alt entertainment. So, it was impressive seeing them host a short film screening.
The evening began with an introduction by Pratik Kothari. It consisted of screening of 5 short films, presented by Pocket Films and 3 pitches from the crowd. White Wall Screenings is an interesting concept.
It is one of the first platforms in India that offer an opportunity for filmmakers to have unfiltered conversations with their audience. Pratik also confirmed that the White Wall Screenings will be a frequent event.
Also happening were three pitches by different aspiring filmmakers. They then had the opportunity and freedom to mingle with the Producers from Pocket Films and Hamara Movies.
The short films that were streamed:
Raju: A short film that created awareness about the financial issues that people faced, and how they cover it with a little bit of help from society.
Rajdroh: This film was a gritty introduction into a unique experience of two policemen, one with prejudices and one with a clear thought.
Mumbai Bullet: Mumbai Bullet once again took us to the grimy, common streets of Mumbai to tell a story of hope and true live that knows no bounds.
The Guide: This film brings to us a story that’s needs to be told – the gender gap between men and women. But above all, The Guide is a film of hope and forgiveness – two of the most pure human attributes.
The event was unique, one of the first ones in Mumbai which provided a platform for fans to mingle with film-makers and get a better idea of what drove them to make a particular film.
Events such as these promise that the streaming market is becoming bigger and gaining as many eye-balls as it’s big brother, the Bollywood film industry.