Frames Film Festival 2020 in a Nutshell !
Frames Film Festival is an initiative by the BMM department of SIES (Nerul) College of Arts, Science and Commerce. Started in 2003, it has become a platform for talented filmmakers to showcase their artistry. Today, it is known as India’s largest undergraduate film festival. This year, the festival received over 3000 entries from 115 countries. Spanning over three days, the event includes screening of films of seven different categories, namely – International Short Films, National Short Films, Contingent Films, Documentaries, Advertisements, Animation films, and Music Videos. This year, the event was held on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of January and was powered by Zee 5, co powered by MTV Beats India and VH1, and co partnered by Kalpa Taru.
Every year, Frames revolves around a theme. Last year, the theme was Directors Cut: An ode to the makers. This year, the theme is Naqaab: See The Unseen. With this theme, the aim was to offer recogniti
On the first day, the event commenced at 11am, and the inauguration ceremony was graced by former Miss India, Indian film, television, and theatre actress Poonam Dhillon, who visited the festival to promote her upcoming movie ‘Jai Mummy Di’.She appreciated the team’s efforts to have been such great hosts. “It’s so nice to be greeted so enthusiastically and that presentation (montage and ad of Frames) of your Frames was literally superb”.
A new category was introduced this year – Theatre. The students showed commendable performances, which also addressed serious issues like equality, and political crises. Acts based on the theme of the festival – Naqaab: See The Unseen were also performed. Judges Dolly Thakore and Arvind Gaur gave their feedback to the performers.
The first category screening of the day was International Short Films. Celebrities Zoya Hussai
The second day commenced with the screening of the category ‘Documentaries’. The event was judged by Anil Chandel, Krishnakant P
For the ‘contingent film’ category, the festival received entries from various colleges of Mumbai. Films about a plethora of issues were screened, including equality, self defence, and diversity. Movies based on the theme of the festival – Naqaab: See The Unseen, were also screened. Famous personalities like Harman Singha, Abhinav Sh
The crew of the short film ‘The Letter- Unsaid Unheard’ visited the festival for a panel discussion. The short film was screened and the crew of the film spoke about the film. The team included director Deeshak Patra, cinematographer Ankur Hinge, writer Rasika Kushte and lead actor Gaurav Alugh. The story revolves around one’s affection with their homes and one of the crew members revealed the reason for choosing this topic was that home is a place which has seen and experienced every joy and sorrow of an individual.
The last screening for the day was ‘Ad Films’, and the judges were Vivek Kamath
The last screening for the festival was ‘Music Videos’, judged by artists Shahid Mallya, Naitik
The final segment of the event was the award ceremony, in which the faculty awarded the winning filmmakers and stated the mark made by Frames 2020 by delivering some of the finest works from around the globe. The winners were felicitated and were inspired to make more films on topics which needed to be heard in present times. A pathway chosen by some of the most gifted filmmakers, Frames continues to elevate the already set bars of excellence and be an international success. It has rightly earned its place as India’s largest undergraduate film festival.