2nd International Short Film Festival Kolkata 2017 has announced the festival dates recently. The two-day festival will be held on Dec 9 and Dec 10 at Rotary Sadan Kolkata. The organizers of the festival have informed that this year the festival will be of greater magnitude with much more participation. “The response we have got from the filmmakers is overwhelming. We have got more than 560 short films and documentaries from 37 countries and 643 filmmakers have sent their films.
Most important, we have received films from countries like Peru, Paraguay, Tehran and many other parts of the world. A number of Iranian filmmakers have shown their interest to participate,” one of the organizers informed.
This time, the number of organizations have come under one umbrella to support ISFFK. Red FM, Hoichoi TV of Venkatesh Films, Kolkata TV have already associated with ISFFK.
Almost all the legendary filmmakers of West Bengal like Sandip Ray, Kaushik Ganguly, Kamaleshwar Mukhopadhyay, Gautam Ghosh, Aniket Chattopadhyay, Subrata Sen got involved with the festival.
“Short film is the future. It’s really interesting to see that for the first time in Kolkata, a festival exclusively on Short films is happening and it has created interest among the common people. If I get a chance, definitely I will make some short films in near future. Because of the digital platform, film lovers have got the power of a short film now,” said Kaushik Ganguly.
Sources from the organizing committee informed that this time, there will be workshops on short films, seminars also. The entire programme will be divided into three categories – Bengali cinema, Indian panorama and Global cinema.
“This time, the number of awards has also increased. We have introduced two more awards, one is Best Woman Director and Best Debut Director. We are expecting that the festival will attract more and more college and university students to experience the work of the eminent directors of different countries. This festival is completely free for everybody and no entry fee is required,” said one of the organizers