The Frames Film Festival began it's 15th edition with a bang yesterday. Organized by the Mass Media department of SIES college in Nerul, Frames originated in 2003. The initiative was started by five students who wanted to provide a platform for amateur filmmakers. The sole purpose was to give these budding filmmakers a chance to showcase their talents and express their emotions on the primary level. They also get a chance to interact with each other and discuss their muses and struggles as artists. This year they received over 4000 entries thereby making Frames the largest undergraduate film festival in India.
The festival regularly hosts film personalities including directors, actors and cinematographers. In the past eminent personalities like veteren actor Prem Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Nitya Mehra and Jackie Shroff have been part of Frames.
The inauguration ceremony of the 15th Frames Film Festival was visited by the crew of the film Ribbon, starring Kalki Koechlin and Sumeet Vyas. Director Rakhee Sandilya, Producer Swati as well as The Writer Rajeev Upadhyay attended the event. Later the film was screened for the students in the auditorium, after which a question and answer session was conducted. The inauguration ceremony included a performance explaining the theme Kath-arsis, Chronicles of Change. It is a combination of the Hindi word 'Katha' which means stories and 'catharsis' which means a release of emotional tension after an overwhelming experience. It was followed by a dance performance by the students.
The festival also conducted the screenings of national and international short films. The judges of the national short films category were Bikramjeet Kanwarpal who has acted in television series like 24 and Prisoners of War, Rajit Kapur who has worked in films like Baar Baar Dekho and Ki and Ka and Anant Jog from Singham. The judges of International short films category were Uday Shankar Pani who has worked on various international films and was the assistant director of the film Gandhi, Rishi Deshpande from Rainbow and Kartik Krishnan who has worked in films like That Girl in Yellow Boots. The screenings began at 2 and went on to 7.30 in the evening.
This year, Frames is introducing a panel where journalists and celebrities discuss the topic "Inside Contemporary Indian Cinema". Sanjay Chauhan who has written many movies like Pan Singh Tomar, I am Kaam and Paa, and Dibhyendu Bhatta-charya who has acted in films like Dev D, Black Friday, Mangal Pandey; are going to be a part of the panel taking place on the second day of the fest.
The screenings of the films in categories like Advertise-ments, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animation films will take place on 10th and 11th. The festival will end with an award ceremony that will be attended by Aditi Govitrikar.