KOCHI: Cine buffs can rejoice! City’s largest short film festival has began rolling.
The Kochi Metro Short Film Fest, held at Vytilla Gold Souk mall every year, made a colourful start with discussions on cinema related topics a few days ago. On Sunday, the film screenings also began.
It will be a spectacle this time with 300 short films and lectures, seminars and discussion throughout, assure the officials. One of the main attractions of the fest is that it provides a launch pad for budding directors to explore their creativity, said festival director Raveendran.
More than 60 short films, almost all of them from film students and first time directors, were screened at the fest on Sunday. The inaugural film was ‘Oru Munnariyippu’ directed by Shreya Joseph.
The other short films shown included ‘Moonamidam’, produced by actor Jayasurya, ‘Pradhanavarthakal Orikkalkoode’, which is based on a rape incident and which created some a flutter recently, ‘Randaam Varavu’, directed by the daughter of actor Urmila Unni, Uttara Unni, and which won a special award at Monisha Memorial Awards.
Two exhibitions have also been organised at the mall as a part of the short film festival. One of them tells the journey of Mollywood, starting from Vigathakumaran to the new generation cinema, through memoirs and photographs. The other is a display of rare posters that depict the journey of silent films from 1908 to 1929, aptly titled “The Sound of Silence.” MLA Dominic Presentation inaugurated the two exhibitions on Sunday afternoon.