Frames Film Festival 2023 started its three-day event on 6th February at the campus of S.I.E.S.

Frames Film Festival 2023 started its three-day event on 6th February at the campus of S.I.E.S.

(Nerul) College of Arts, Science and Commerce. The much anticipated undergraduate film festival returned and was conducted offline after two years due to the pandemic. International short films and documentaries got screened on the first day. Well-known director Prabhuraj, actor Deepak Damble and Avinash Mantri, one of the founder members of Frames Film Festival, were the jury members on the first day.

The principal of the college, Dr Koel Roychoudhury inaugurated the festival in the presence of all the faculty members and student volunteers. This was preceded by musical performance from Mayuraj and Anmol. The 11 films that we’re screened went through several rounds of selection and were chosen to be the best amongst all the entries received.
Seven international short films in various different languages were screened, each trying to comprehend different concepts. The jury members also interacted with the audience and shared their insights on film making and trying to understand cinema.

The second day of the Frames Film Festival got underway, with films screened from the national short films and animation category. A total of 16 films got screened on the second day. Film actor Karamveer Chaudhary, Cinematographer AKN Sebastian, and director Raman Bala were the jury members for the national short films categories. The film festival
received more than 500 entries in this category, but only 9 made it to the final round. The jury members got to watch each of these films along with other film enthusiasts.

Cinematographer Mr Sebastian, one of the jury members, quoted, “A cinematographer might decide how a film gets shot, but in the end, it’s always the director’s vision. So for a movie to be successful, it’s always the director who leads from the front.”
For the animation category, documentary filmmaker Sriparakash Menon and film director Ashok Kaul were the jury members. In this category, seven films made it to the final round and got screened. Film director Ashok Kaul appreciated the initiative of the Frames Film Festival and wished that more colleges in India motivate its students to make a career in the film industry. Followed by this were a panel discussion and audience interaction with a renowned radio jockey working with Red FM, Jman. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and actively participated in it. With this, all the events lined up for the second day culminated.

Wednesday, 8th February, marked the end of the three-day long Frames Film Festival. The film festival ended with the awards ceremony for all the categories. Famous film actress Kirti Kulhari marked her presence at the awards ceremony. Earlier in the day, the screening for the music video category took place. Filmmaker Aniket Nair and the famous RJ Vishal Birajdar, an alumni of S.I.E.S. (Nerul) College, were the jury members for this category. The jury members also interacted with the audience and encouraged them to keep making films and learning from their mistakes. The bunch of films to be screened were from the
contingent category. These movies were made by undergraduate students from colleges across Mumbai. The main emphasis of this category is to give recognition and encouragement to these young and budding filmmakers. Veteran actress, Beena Banerjee was on the jury for this category.

Before the award function, Chandigarh-based singer-composer Kabir enthralled the audience with his electrifying composer. Even, actress Kirti Kulhari was seen grooving to his performance. The actress later felicitated the winners of all the categories in the film festival.

This marked the end of the Frames Film Festival 2023.