Artists' Television Access

SHORT SHARP SHOCK: 3rd i International Shorts

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 1:30 pm, $6-$8

Meenakshi Shedde (in person), leading Mumbai-based film critic and India consultant for the Berlin and Dubai Int’l Film Festivals, brings a package of award-winning shorts from India (screened at the Cannes, Berlin and Dubai film festivals) over the last 5 years. The program includes a diverse range of films, both in terms of content and form, and showcases the best in contemporary short filmmaking on the subcontinent. Come see new cutting-edge work from India, and stay for a lively discussion on the changing face of cinema in South Asia with an expert in the field.

Meenakshi Shedde won the National Award for Best Film Critic and was presented the Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus Award) by the President of India. She has covered international film festivals for over a decade, including those in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Paris, Argentina, Pusan, Mannheim-Heidelberg, Oberhausen (Germany), Vila do Conde (Portugal), New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram. She was also on the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Jury of the Cannes Film Festival (2001), Berlin Film Festival (2000 and 2012) and Venice Film Festival (2002). She was on the International Jury of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina (2006); Asian Film Award Jury, Hong Kong Film Festival (2007); and the National Jury for the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India, Goa (2004). She has written for two books on Indian cinema for Au Sud du Cinema (Cahiers du Cinema/Arte) and on Bollywood for Bollywood: Das Indische Kino und die Schweiz (Museumfur Gestaltung, Switzerland).

Program Includes:
Udedh Bun (Unravel) by Siddharth Sinha
2008, 21 mins
SILVER BEAR, Berlin Film Festival
Powerful coming of age story of a schoolboy and the first stirrings of his sexuality.

Mehfuz (Safe) by Rohit Pandey
2011, 16mins
Dubai Film Festival, 2nd prize
If death is a poem, can necrophilia be a tender love story? (With Anurag Kashyap Films)

Three of Us by Umesh Kulkarni
2008, 15 mins
Berlin Film Festival
An ageing couple bring up their disabled adult son: a deeply moving paean to dignity.

Vakratunda Swaha by Ashish Avikunthak
2010, 22 mins
An experimental film that connects the mythic and futuristic, through images of a Ganesh visarjan (ritual immersion of the elephant-headed God) in the sea in Bombay (pictured above)

Vitthal by Vinoo Choliparambil
2009, 24 mins
National Award, Best Short; 2nd Prize , Asian First Feature FF, Dubai FF; Special mention, Osians FF; Best Short, Lyon Asian FF.

Cost: $6-$8 (Cash only; At the door)
TRT: 90mins + q&a