Kochi: The popular Eastern Global Short Film Awards will have ‘Women’s Journey’ as the focus theme for special award in its 2017 edition. Entries can be submitted until November 20, 2017. Announcing the second edition of the short film competition, the organisers said the event features a wider award category this year, besides a reputed jury comprising some of the best-known names in their professional areas of work.
The Eastern Global Short Film Awards is promoted by Global Initiative for Excellence in association with Eastern Group, with the objective of promoting and acknowledging exemplary work in the short film sector. “In continuation of the Eastern Bhoomika initiative, our aim is to bring together different perspectives and narratives on Women’s Journey to the limelight, and contestants are required to visually narrate their vision,” said Firoz Meeran, MD, Eastern Group.
This year, the award categories are: Best film, Focus Award (Bhoomika Award for the best film on the women theme), Best Popular Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Background Music, and Best Location Sync sound/Sound Mixing. Dr. Biju, filmmaker, will head the jury. Rima Kallingal, actor; Sreebala K Menon, filmmaker and director; and Saraswathy Nagarajan, journalist; will be part of the core team as jurors for the focus theme of this year. Other members of the jury are M J Radhakrishnan, cinematographer; Pramod Payyannoor, film director and writer; Ajan R S, short film maker; Prakash Bare, actor-producer; Santosh Chandran, music director; Smijith Kumar P B, sound designer; and C Rahim, environmental documentary maker.
A key attraction this year is a production funding by the Eastern Group for the winning script on the ‘Women’s Journey’ theme. Rima Kallingal will head the sub jury that will select the winning script, for which Eastern group will offer production funding.
The Eastern Global Short Film Awards are supported by Chalachitra Academy, KSFDC, Shenoy’s Group of Theatres, Shortflix, Bharat Bhavan, Public Relations Council of India, I AM (Indian Ad Film Makers), Ergo Events, Bytes Interactive, Folk Tales and Nava Kerala Mission. Siraj Shah, visual media personality, is the creative director of the event. Firoz Meeran; Joe A Scaria, managing partner, Global Initiative for Excellence; and T Vinay Kumar, Chief Coordinator, Eastern Global Short Film Awards addressed the media.