Mumbai : Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films screened 10 perfect short films by 10 aspiring directors at the 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017 today. As a part of their association with the festival for a second time in a row and showcasing their commitment to the short film genre, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short films organized a contest for short filmmakers across the country.
The platform gave an opportunity of a lifetime to 10 driven cinephiles, inspiring them to create an original short filmin order to enter the contest. Director GautamVaze’s ‘AaiShapat’ was declared as jury’s favorite short film and isawarding him an opportunity to intern with VS Films.
The contest was judged by an eminent jury comprising the legendary actor,Rajkummar Rao, the successful producer and actress, Srishti Arya along with the phenomenal director and screenwriter,NityaMehra.
The Perfect 10 short films that were screened at the festival include ‘Keeda’ by SnehNihalani, ‘The Manliest Man’ by Anuj Gulati, ‘The thought of you’ by Ahmed Roy, ‘AaiShapat’ by GautamVaze, ‘Faarcha’ by Sisir Kumar Sau, ‘Alaksha’ by Pushpak Anil Jain, ‘Mad’ by Vinod Rawat, ‘Meera’ by Sumit Kumar and ‘Counting Stars’ by MaanaviBedi.
Speaking about the contest, Raja Banerji, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, PernodRicard India, said, “We are extremely proud that Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has ushered in a revolution in the field of filmmaking. Being at the helm of the growth of short film industry in the country, it is always our endeavor to give powerful stories with resonating passions a platform to applaud cinematic genius.Through Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films contest in partnership with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, we wanted to provide a stage to promising filmmakers across the country and further pave the path of expansion for the short film category. Our platform has now carved a niche for itself and is the only platform that has been constantly rooting for originality, perfection and finesse”.
Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has always motivated and encouraged aspiring filmmakers to reach their level of perfection by learning, maturing and sharing their stories – defined by their strength and uniqueness. Being screened at the MAMI festival, these 10 perfect short films also got international exposure asthe film festival saw footfall from various countries around the globe. Accentuating the credibility of this opportunity, Large Short Films has been closely working with stalwarts in the film fraternity and trying to bring back the culture of promoting original ideas with MAMI, and this category is a huge stepping stone to revive the art of storytelling. It’s not just any other contest; rather it’s like a masterclass in short filmmaking.
Speaking about his achievement, GautamVaze, director of ‘AaiShapat’, Jury’s favorite short film said, “I would really like to thank Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films for organizing this contest and giving me this incredible opportunity of working with VS Films. My excitement has reached to an entirely new level and this is certainly like a perfect dream for me. As the short film industry is picking up pace, the platform has been doing phenomenal work by providing aspiring filmmakers like myself with a medium to showcase our creativity in the best possible way”.
Prior to this, Royal Stag Barrel Select also screened 4 powerful short films by acclaimed Bollywood directors at the festival. As a part of their association with the festival for the second time in a row, the platform screened ‘Anukul’ by Sujoy Ghosh, ‘Death of a Father’ by ChaitanyaTamhane, ‘Churri’ by MansiNirmal Jain and ‘Juice’ by NeerajGhaywan. Strengthening this partnership and taking this alliance with MAMI a notch higher, Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films also created a stage to these master storytellers to share their ‘pursuit to perfection’ stories over a unique panel discussion.
Themed on the philosophy of “Make it Perfect”, The Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is a platform for aspiring directors to feature along with mainstream Bollywood directors while still chasing their creative energy to create a niche for themselves in the industry. The platform gives a credible stage to the storytellers to showcase their artistic creativity and reach out to their target audience through the digital world.