Siddharth Dhongle | October, 01 2014
The unique festival, presented by Vivanta by Taj, is dedicated to
the short film genre and is in its fifth edition in India
The world’s first ‘global’ film festival, Manhattan Short 2014 opened with great enthusiasm and a starry night. It announced and honoured winners; Stalin Massey from Mumbai, Romi Meitei from Imphal and Gowtham Namasivayam from Chennai, chosen through the ‘Vote for India’ initiative, at a special party organized at Wink, Vivanta by Taj – President on Tuesday, September 30. The event was attended by personalities such as, Meghna Puri of Whistling Woods, Actor Ashmit Patel, Composer Leslie Lewis, Film maker Kailash Surendranath and many others.
Established in 1998 in New York City by Nicholas Mason, the Manhattan Short is in the fifth consecutive year in India and 17th year globally. It also culminated the ‘Vote For India’ initiative (in association With Gionee and powered by Jameson), which saw short film makers from across India compete for a spot in the global finalist list.
The Vote for India Award went to three films by Indian directors among the exciting line-up of shorts in diverse genres, which had arrived from every corner of India. Gowtham Namasivayam’s ‘Oxymoron’, the first winner with 7,792 votes is a murder mystery that explores the meaning of the title through its characters and plot. The second winner, Romi Meitei’s ‘Rock And Egg’ (4,460 votes) is a tale about a relationship between a young boy and his father set in a village in the North East. The final winner of the initiative is Stalin Massey’s ‘Seductive Berozgaari’, an eleven minute short about an unemployed youth who encounters a genie in a simple transistor that promises to help him change his life forever.
Apart from these, four Indian entries were also recognized for their merit and have earned a Special Mention award.
The three day film extravaganza, scheduled for 3rd October to 5th October, will screen the ten short films selected for the competition globally, along with these winning films at Sitara Studio, Mumbai. Audiences can also catch the webcast live on www.vivantabytaj.com.
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