Wednesday, July 8, 2015

'Love Ke Side Effects' contest by Pocket Films
 on a high at Bluefrog, Mumbai on July 7, 2015

Three Member Jury: Nagesh Kukunoor, Sudhir Mishra and Sanjay Suri
give Best Short Film Award to Devashish Makhija's El'aychi

Started in February, 2015 by  Gionee  and Pocket Films. the  winners of the 
'Love Ke Side Effects' contest were announced on July 7 at Bluefrog, Mumbai. 

Ten shortlisted films were screened, followed by a panel discussion by the three jury members, filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra and actor turned producer, Sanjay Suri. They shared insights on the short film scene in India, followed by a Q&A session with  budding filmmakers.

Discussion at Bluefrog: l to r - moderator Saameer Modi panelists Sudhir Mishra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Sanjay Suri 

 The event concluded with announcement of the award  winners ...
1st runnerup: Bahaish Kapoor for his short,The Proposal: Award DSLR Camera
 2nd Runnerup Anuj Bansal’s  Destiny’s two: Award Smart Phone by Gionee
Best Short  El’aychi by Devashish Makhija: Award  Couple's return tickets to Paris.

Gionee smart phones were also awarded to consolation prize winners ...
Bahaish Kapoor for  Giving Up 
Priyanshu Painyuli Without You

Audience Choice Award Anuj Bansal for Destiny’s two  

Talking about the event, Mr Saameer Mody, Managing Director, Pocket Films, said “We are extremely happy to receive such great support from the filmmakers and jury members across India. All the films were really good with a powerful message of love and it was very difficult for us select a winner. We heartedly congratulate Mr. Devashish Makhija and other winners and would also like to thank our sponsors Gionee and supporter FunOnGo.”

Pocket Films, pioneers in distributing alternate content and short films, has always been a motivator for all the budding filmmaker by providing them with a platform to showcase their talent. This was one of their initiatives to encourage the industry. They have also conducted contests in association with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and this year they have partnered with MANHATTAN SHORT India. They also showcase their short films on television through a dedicated TV show titled ‘Prime Talkies with Pocket Films’ on NDTV Prime, which airs at 9 pm every Thursday.

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