It’s that time of the year again when film buffs the world over come together to watch and vote for winning short films at the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Open only to invitees, Manhattan Short India will take place on September 29 and 30 at 9 pm.
This year, India festival directors Anil Sadarangani and Vaisalli Ghosh have created a new trend in the film festival circuit as it travelled across top Mumbai city colleges with its signature Master Class Series between August 21 and September 21.
Shobhaa De, popular fiction author and columnist kicked off the Manhattan Short India Master Class Series 2013 at HR College in South Mumbai with her talk on ‘reviewing film reviews’. Others who conducted the Masterclasses included National Award-winning film editor Namrata Rao, National Award-winning actress Sarika, Bollywood film editor Shan Mohammed (Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Wake Up Sid and currently editing the next Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year), Cannes Film Festival award winner animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao, senior film journalist Chandrima Pal, Laadli Campaign’s Dr. AL Sharda (who spoke about gender sensitivity in films and media), adman Kailash Surendranath and Bharati Thakore, director of Education World Films.
At the final Masterclass conducted by Sarika at National College, the actress spoke to senior film journalist Faheem Ruhani as they discussed her journey from starting out as a child artiste in the Hindi film industry to winning awards and even being a sound director for many years in her long career.
This year, the Manhattan Short received over 600 entries from 48 countries and shortlisted 10 finalists. The audience that attend the festival at cinemas the world over, including Mumbai, will vote the one film they think deserves to win the gold medal at Manhattan Short. Established in 1998 by Founding Festival Director Nicholas Mason, Manhattan Short prides itself on being the world’s first global short film festival and being the only film festival where ONLY the audience votes the winner.
From New York, Mason says, “We really want to reach out to the Indian audience and grow the festival there. We want to see at least one finalist from India each year. The calibre of films being made in India is amazing and the world must see them.”
This year the Manhattan Short India patrons include India’s first Oscar winner Bhanu Athaiya, Shobhaa De, Pradeep Guha, Future Group President Sandeep Tarkas, Ayaz Memon, Rashmi Uday Singh, Manali Vengsarkar, Gitanjali Rao, Shaina NC, Sarika, Uma da Cunha and Meera Gandhi. Manhattan Short India 2013 partners are Box Office India (Film Trade Magazine), Fun Cinemas (Venue), Soulwear and Choc Affaires (Gifts), Future TV (Retail), El Sol (PR), Yrals (tech), Ad Gully, Bandra Info and Powai Info (online media partners), Pernod Ricard (Beverage), Laadli (In Support Of) and VAG Entertainment (Event managed by). Supporting Sponsors are Shiseido and The Giving Back Foundation and Associate Sponsor Vivanta By Taj.