Earlier this year, FLAME
invited entries for its annual ‘Intercollegiate Film Festival –
FirstCut 2016’
. This was the
second edition. During last year’s edition of FirstCut, over 150 films from
Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai had participated. This year it grew
bigger and better, with more institutes participating. The fest received 230 entries from 22
cities across India.

With technology evolving many folds, shooting films is not limited only to highly expensive film
cameras. Digital cameras and even cellphones are being used to create film
content. The FirstCut 2016 festival recognized this urge of storytelling and
allowed all formats for film recording. The only expectation was dedication and
a whole lot of passion.

Conditionally, all students under
25 years were allowed to send their films. Shortlisted entries were screened on
selected days. Makers of the selected films were also invited to FLAME
University’s campus. Winners received trophies, certificates and cash prizes.
The institute with maximum shortlisted and winning entries was awarded a
rolling trophy as well.

The campus was brimming with
students. The fiction movie segment attracted the most crowd. The event lasted
two days, and there were separate juries on both days. Eminent personalities
from Bollywood and the media industry graced FLAME University’s campus. The first
day saw Mr. Samar Nakhate, Pune International Film Festival selection committee
member, Ex-FTII Dean and Film Academician; Ms. Shabnam Sukhdev, Writer,
Director, Producer (The Last
Adieu, Alka: Child to Wife, Journey Back Home, Stranger in my Own Skin, Ishaa
Journals) and Mr. Jethu Mundal, film editor of films like Sarfarosh and
Henna, as judges. Mr. Madhav Roy Kapur, producer of Nil Battey Sanaata and
Gurgaon, and line producer of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Bhoothnath Returns and Rocky
Handsome; Mr. Mayank Shekhar, Film Critic (Hindustan Times, Mumbai Mirror), Author,
Journalist and Blogger and Akhilesh Jaiswal, Writer of Gangs of Wasseypur and
Writer-Director of Mastram, judged the competition on second day.

The jury members interacted with
students, encouraged and inspired them by imparting knowledge on various
aspects of film making. They also shared many interesting stories about their journey,
and answered student’s queries patiently.

Screenings were followed by entertainment
and live performances by many participants. The most outstanding act was
performed by Taal Inc., a professional drum circle (percussion act) wherein the
troupe provided various instruments to the audience who had to play the
instruments as per instructions of Taal Inc. members. Even jury members and
FLAME faculty attended this act.

Talent from across India found
audience in good numbers here. Artists found appreciation, jury found their
winners, audience found entertainment, and FLAME University’s FirstCut 2016 found
phenomenal success!

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