Films by students to make a splash at PIFF

Films by students films will be the highlight of this year's Pune International Film Festival (PIFF). Of the 300 entries from 53 countries, 23 films by students were shortlisted.

The student film competition is divided into live action and animation categories and have films from UK, US, Spain and Israel.

This section is special because we only accept films from dedicated film schools, unlike other festivals which accept entries from media schools and other institutes. This competition is held specifically to look for new talent in films," said Jabbar Patel, the festival director.

The animated section includes 12 films, all under 10 minutes each, with Abuelas from the UK, Chocolate Bacon from USA and Strings from Sapir College in Israel to name a few.

This section also includes two Indian entries Kachho Gadulo by Pune institute DSK Supinfocom and Mirage by Whistling Woods International School of Animation.

Kachho Gadulo, in a Rajasthani dialect is a poignant story that explores the relationship between a man and his grandchild.

"He teaches his grandchild the way of life," says Saptesh Chaubal, one of the co-directors of the film. Mirage too, is a film about relationship, portraying a man's equation with his daughter.

The live action section, while hosting films such as My Father is Bjorn Borg from Spain, The Minutes, The Hours (Cuba), also has two domestic entries Bawdi from Whistling Woods and Allah is Great, by FTII. Bawdi, written and directed by Vivek Soni is a film based in Rajasthan and tells the tale of a "drought-ridden village where a cola company sets base".

This only increases the villagers' woes as womenfolk have to walk miles to fetch water.

Allah is Great on the other hand, is a film on terrorism, albeit through a different perspective.

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