SIES NERUL KEEPS FRAMES ENTHUSIASM INTACT
Frames Film Festival is a 16-year old initiative by the BMM students of SIES (Nerul) College of Arts, Science & Commerce. Today, it is known as India’s largest undergraduate film festival, as a platform for budding filmmakers around the world to showcase their talent. The festival is spread across three consecutive days, starting from the 9th of January.
The first category for the second day, Documentaries, was graced and judged by Mr. Anil Chandel, Mr. KrishnakantPandya and Mr. Brahmanand S. Singh. The first screening‘Smi
For the contingent film category, the festival received entries from various colleges across 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 Shukla, and Pranay Pachauri, who were the judges for the event, appreciated the work of talented young filmmakers.
The panel discussion session witnessed the crew of the short film ‘The Letter’ who visited the festival to promote their work. The session was attended by the lead actor Gaurav Alugh along with the director Deeshak Patra, cinematographer Ankur Hinge and writer Rasika Kushte. They shared their views about the plot line that revolves around one’s affection with their home. “Home is the only place which has seen and experienced every joy and sorrow of an individual”, they added. The crew also discussed the modern day challenges faced by an artist to portray his vision by overcoming diverse opinions of the society. The audience enjoyed interacting with the crew and wished them luck.
The last screening for the day was Ad Films, it was divided into two different categories- Public Service Ad and Commercial Ad.
The judging panel included Vivek Kamath, Preeti Kochar and Sakshi Shivdasani. A few remarkable ads portrayed Domestic violence, LGBTQ, Consumer Awareness, Pollution so well, that even the judges were impressed and left in pure awe. During the interaction session the panel emphasised how Ads are a platform for self expression, and in this country it’s comparatively easier to express ourselves but still it still needs to evolve and adapt to the new techniques.
The event was inaugurated by veteran actress Poonam Dhillon, who visited the event for promotion of her upcoming film. The first day witnessed screening of short films, national and international as well as a category introduced for the first time- Theatre. The excitement for the final day can be clearly felt in the high spirits of its organizers and volunteers.
With the increasing demands for attention grasping content from the audiences, this fest focuses on elevating the already set bars of excellence.