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  • FirstCut 2016 – FLAME University’s Inter-College Film Fest

    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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