Creating a buzz in the Capital is Filmbooth’s First Cut which will be a monthly screening series to premiere short films. It will focus on screening shorts made by independent as well as mainstream filmmakers from all over the country.
Talking about First Cut, Gaurav Raturi, co-founder of Filmbooth said: ‘With our efforts like First Cut, we hope to open the floodgates to the deluge of brilliant indie film works that are being created within and outside India. We feel when young filmmakers are given platforms, that is how a new idea may be born or the next budding filmmaker takes inspiration.’
Speaking about the film entries this year, he said: ‘The short films for First Cut are a mix from a seven-year-old film of a Indian filmmaker from Canada, to the film by passouts from film institutes from Mumbai to Chennai. From a philosophical tale of one’s journey to a film to show stereotypes existing in our minds and society related to religion, there is everything.’
Explaining the underlying agenda and philosophy at Filmbooth, Gaurav said: ‘We at Filmbooth have been in existence since 2008 and over the years we have dedicated our efforts towards creating ‘spaces’ where interesting and thought-provoking ideas and stories are spread via the beautiful medium of (non-documentary or fiction) short films. We were the only ones in India to spread consciousness through short film festivals about socially-relevant themes such as UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), World Environment Day and Youth Empowerment.
‘In our latest effort to promote an unconventional genre, we picked the theme of ‘Spoofs or Parodies’ and recently concluded India’s first Film Festival on Spoofs called ‘Spoofhmania’. In line with the same philosophy of ‘creating a space for the underdogs’, we at Filmbooth started two monthly short film clubs in Delhi in June this year — one where we premiere short films of Indian filmmakers; and other where we showcase the best of international short films. These two film club screenings take place at Delhi’s leading cultural auditoriums, and the attendance is free for all short film enthusiasts or film club members. These films are not a part of any competition, however, we hand-pick and choose the mix of films that we wish to screen,’ he added.
Indian short films have established their presence in the international film festival circuits all over the world. However it is rare that we get to see those shorts being screened back home! First Cut is a platform for not just this, but also for creating a community of filmmakers who come together to watch and discuss their films — those they have made most recently and those which they are working on. This interaction, though through the pretext of a short film premier, is where, the birth of a quality short film lies.
Gaurav mentioned, ‘Our underlying philosophy for setting up these film screening series is that we want to bring out the best of Indian and global short films for the benefit of Delhi’s film lovers.’
At: Gulmohar Hall, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
When: 15 December
Timings: 7 pm onwards,
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