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Short `n' sweet

CLUB Films Anonymous offers a unique platform for short films.



Little boy lost - a scene from "Little Terrorist."

Short films are suddenly quite hot in the city thanks to Ashvin Kumar's "Little Terrorist" being nominated for an Academy Award. While there wasn't the kind of hype that we saw when "Lagaan" won a nomination, there was a certain degree of awareness.

Then we had a whole festival of short films - the Hyderabad`I' short film and documentary film festival. Sharat Kumar Parsa, whose films were screened at the festival, looks at the short film as a sprint in preparation for the marathon of a full-length feature. Digitising has revolutionised the process of filmmaking and the short film lends itself infinitely to experimental efforts. A digital camera has become as personal as a pen and all one needs is a creative eye and vision to turn auteur.

While there is a certain amount of awareness about the genre, Films Anonymous, decided to continue the good work. The club created by film buffs is committed to propagating the cause of the short film.



Irrfan checks his car in a scene from "Road to Ladakh."

Last Sunday was the first meeting of the club and who better to kick off the proceedings than the patron saint of the short film Ashvin Kumar? Taj Banjara played host and speaking on the occasion, Ashvin said, "I really appreciate the people behind this effort as to the best of my knowledge, there is no such platform anywhere else in the world. Such a platform should go a long way in nurturing upcoming talent."

Sharing his filmmaking mantra, Ashvin said, "One does not need any formal training to make great short films. All one needs is a good idea, a good script and lots of passion."

The evening started with a screening of "Can you Cannes," which talks of the whole process of making it to Cannes. This was followed by "Road to Ladakh," a thriller starring the immensely talented Irrfan as a terrorist and the feisty Koel Purie as a coke snorting model. The evening ended with the screening of "The Little Terrorist," a simple story of a little Pakistani boy who crosses the border by mistake and the orthodox Indian family who help him.

The club will screen a critically acclaimed short film every second Sunday of the month. The filmmakers would be invited to share their views and experiences. For further details contact Pasha (Films Anonymous) on 9347584707 or email pasha@filmsanonymous.com.

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