Chota Cinema to promote Goan filmmakers

Goa, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) had an action packed day at the 41st International Film Festival of India 2010, Goa with the inauguration of Short Film Center, Goa Cinephile and Chota Cinema by Manoj Srivastava, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa and noted film maker Madhur Bhandarkar.

The Short Film Center (SFC) is an exclusive initiative of Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), whose main objective is to frame an entertainment policy to help cultivate Goa into a world-class international entertainment nerve center of the country.

The aim of SFC is to bring together short film makers, buyers, festival organizers and funding agencies on a collaborative platform. SFC has two broad categories under it, namely, International Competition Films which will have 20 films from across the world, and Environmental Competition Films which will have 10 films from across India.

Awards for Short Film Centers include The Golden Lamp Tree Award (Rs. 5,00,000),The Silver Lamp Tree Award (Rs. 3,00,000), a third prize with a cash award of Rs 3,00,000 and the prestigious Vasudha Award,India’s only government award for an environmental film. A Special Jury Award awaits a director for his individual artistic contribution.

The brainchild of ESG’s CEO Manoj Srivastava, Goa Cinephile was launched on Tuesday at IFFI Goa 2010.

Goa Cinephile is an elite film club aimed at creating a common platform for film enthusiasts to deliberate on world class cinema and encourage it as an art form, medium of information, education and entertainment.

The club will also promote the appreciation of cinema through lectures, discussions, workshops and exhibitions of films.

Goa Cinephile will regularly be holding club interactions for its members from 23 to 29 November, on various topics such as ‘Film festivals and cinema’, ‘Indian Masterworks-Satyajit Ray’ and more.

Prominent members of the film fraternity like Utpal Borpujari, Saibal Chatterjee, Manoj Srivastava CEO, ESG, Sekhar Das, film maker and Vijay Jadhav, Director, National Film Archives of India, will conduct the interactions.

Also present will be V. Srinivas Mohan, the Visual Effects supervisor of the blockbuster film Robot and CEO of the VFX studio ‘Indian Artists’ who will speak for the interaction on ‘Special Effects’ to be held on 28 November.

Goa Cinephile Club members will be given other privileges like free entry to all ESG organized film festivals and free access to the extensive ESG film archive and book library during the year of their membership. A special Goa Cinephile office will be setup during IFFI to assist its members.

Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in association with Mandovi Entertainment continued their successful partnership in organizing Chota Cinema, a platform which promotes local Goan talent and encourages young budding film makers.

This year Chota Cinema will screen 56 short films ranging between 5 – 30 minutes. Up for grabs will be trophies and certificates to the best films in each of the three categories.

A special award awaits the best actor, actress director and editor their individual artistic contribution.

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