The National Student’s Film Awards were instituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India to promote the talents of emerging film makers in film schools around the country. This will also provide them with a platform to realize their artistic vision as they undertake the exciting but different journey into professional film making.
The second edition of the National Student’s Film Awards was held from 27th February and continued till 2nd March. The venue for this festival was the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. Fifty one institutes participated for NSFA while nineteen institutes participated in the Clapstick International Student’s Film Festival. The inauguration of this festival was done by eminent film makers Gautam Ghosh and Saeed Mirza. Speaking on the occasion, Saeed Mirza said “This is a great opportunity for budding talents to showcase their skills in film making. They must make the most use of this scope provided to them”.
Seventeen awards for the four categories of films in the competition were given away for sections like short fiction (up to ten minutes), non- fiction, animation and short fiction (films above ten minutes and less than thirty minutes). The award money of fifteen lakh was distributed among the winners.
Ketan Mehta and Ashok Vishwanathan were some of the eminent directors who graced the closing ceremony of the National Student’s Film Awards. “Cinema is one of the most effective means of globalization. With the help of cinema one will be able to get an idea of the culture of another country by sitting back at home” said Ketan Mehta.
Apart from the screenings of the films, master classes, open forums and workshops were also conducted by the faculties and directors from abroad. Some of the important individuals who took classes include Leonard Helmrich (Dutch cinematographer), Miriam Joseph, Jyoti Kapur, Neil Sadwalkar and Nandini Ramnath.
Clapstick is SRFTI’s endeavor to celebrate the great art form and its continuous reinvention. We hope SRFTI continues with this film festival for students in the coming years too.