Call For Entries: Umesh Kulkarni's 'Shoot a Short' Workshop!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on December 01, 2015

Renowned director Umesh Kulkarni and film academician Samar Nakhate are all set to conduct the 4th edition of Shoot a Short Workshop. The four day workshop will be held at the National Film Archives of India in Pune from the 10th to 13th December 2015. From inception of a narrative structure to the essential elements of filmmaking, the four day workshop will extensively cover all the basic aspects of making a short. The workshop will be primarily held in Marathi. After the workshop, participants will be asked to submit scripts of their short films, out of which 4 will be selected and produced by Aroh Velankar’s Rangartha Productions. The workshop is open for people above 18 years of age.

Details Of The Workshop

Short film are often considered stepping stones to take a leap into the world of feature films. But lately, the trend is changing, and audiences are beginning to understand the intricacies involved in making a short. Sujoy Ghosh's Ahalya is a prime example of how a brilliant script matched with a pacey screenplay, can reach a wide global audience.

Ace director Umesh Kulkarni has a special affinity to the format. His short films, Garud, Girni and Three of Us have each won wide acclaim internationally. Girni, a 22 minute short film about a middle class family and how they get sucked into their business, was made while Umesh was still studying at the FTII. The film won the Best Director and Best Cinematography awards at 2005 National Awards, apart from travelling to more than 40 international film festivals. In 2013, a retrospective of all his short films was conducted at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.

The passionate director wants to see the growth of short films in the country. He believes “By providing the right inputs through a workshop, I believe enthusiast participants can develop a better perspective and understanding of the medium of short filmmaking. Short films and feature films are as different as short stories and novels hence should not be compared on the same level.”

Samar Nakhate, former dean of the Television department at FTII holds the reputation of being one of the most respected gurus of the institute. Umesh Kulkarni, who regards the veteran in high esteem, said "He is one person with whom I can discuss anything and everything related to films. I feel proud of the fact that in this ever-changing world, he is a constant, an interaction with whom opens up various facets of a concept."


When Is It Happening?

10th to 13th December, 2015


Film Archives of India, Phase 2, Near MIT College, Kothrud, Pune.

Contact Details:

For details and registrations contact - 020-25433549
Gandhar Bedekar - +91- 9167677801
Omkar Modgi - +91-8149630510

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