Friday, September 20, 2013

“Kush” wins Indian Student’s Short Film Award at Venice

Shubhashish Bhutiani's short film “Kush” was awarded The Best Film at the recently concluded 70th Venice Internatioanl film festival which took place August 28 to September 7. It was the only Indian film competing at the fest.

 “Kush” is inspired by a true story 21-year old Bhutiani learnt when he was in the 11th grade: In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, causing anti-Sikh riots to erupt throughout the country. A teacher travelling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him.

 Kush” is Bhutiani’s film for his graduation project at New York’s School of Visual Arts, won the Outstanding Film, besides Outstanding Director and Best Editing, at the school’s annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival & Awards held in May.

Previous winners in Venice
Sajyajit Ray’s “Aparajito”  (year of winning 1957)
Kedar Sharma’s “ Jaldeep” (year of winning: 1957)
Satyajit Ray’s “Pratidwandi” (year of winning 1971)
Mrinal Sen’s “Chalchitra” (year of winning: 1981)


Thursday, September 19, 2013

From The SHAMIANA Short Film Club newsletter

It’s Festival Time!

You may have missed the open window to submitting your film to the Cannes Festival this year, but there are a number of festivals and competitions you can still look at sending your short film in to. While home-grown festivals are great – there’s no reason not to expand your
horizons. So, take a look at some great international festivals that you
still have a chance to submitting to this year:

Berlin Film Festival
It’s still the cream of the crop, so why not submit your film to the Berlin
Film Festival? The deadline for entries is November 15 which gives you
enough time to send your entry in. The festival shows about 400 films a
year and has every genre and length you can think of

South by Southwest
Want your film screened at a really great film festival? Think about
submitting it to the South by Southwest festival, where they are expecting
entries from October 3 all the way to November 14. We suggest getting a
head start and submitting it early though. The festuival takes place every
March and is a great way to get your message heard on an international

Shooting People
So, the idea of submitting before a deadline is putting undue pressure and
limiting you from putting your finish touches to your film? Well then,
consider submitting to Shooting People's monthly competition. They select
the film of the month and feature it. It’s a good place to start.

Hammer to Nail
They want your film to be seen, really seen. They focus on sharing films
by giving their winners submission waivers to several major film festivals
– a seal of approval you definitely want on your film. While they’re only
looking for flms under twenty minutes, if that's what you’ve got – don’t
hesitate to sent it in to them! <>