By Aditya Savnal. Posted on April 06, 2016
Since its inception in 2004, the Cannes Short Film Corner has established itself as a viable platform for short filmmakers wanting to screen and market their short films. Every year the Short Film Corner showcases more than 2000 short films from across the globe, besides offering a range of lucrative marketing, distribution and other interaction opportunities for short filmmakers and producers.
The Cannes Short Film Corner recently published the list of films that have been selected for this year's edition. Once again, a large number of Indian short films have made the cut. The selection includes 32 Indian films across various languages and genres. The selection includes director Shivajee Chandrabhushan's Mount Of Excellence. Chandrabhushan had previously directed the National award winning Frozen which starred actor Danny Denzongpa among others.
Given below is the complete list of the 32 Indian films selected for Cannes Short Film Corner this year.
Director: Amit Agarwal
Synopsis: An evening of intense religious euphoria in the festive streets of Kolkata, India as experienced by a Hindu illegal migrant from Bangladesh, which has seen a genocide against Hindus. He is accompanied by his Muslim friend as they spend a surreal evening together. Has he found redemption at last?
Director: Preeti Singh
Synopsis: This story is about a young boy who belongs to an untouchable community of India, known as Doms. It revolves around his philosophies of life and death. All around the world Hindus see Varanasi as a bridge between heaven and the earth but for this boy its just a work place.
Director: Sandeep Sarkar
Synopsis: All hell breaks loose when Mona finds her lover Damu with another girl. It utilmately boils down to a situation where each has to make decision of life and death.
Director: Shivajee Chandrabhushan
Synopsis: The film features the Maitreya Buddha lineage. It connects the Maitreya Buddha emanation Guru Padmasambhava, and to the present day 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa Rinpoche and the Palpung Sherabling Monastic seat hidden in the folds of the heady pine forests in Himachal Pradesh in India.
Director: Nithin Muraleedharan
Synopsis: A conversation between two people leads to a philosophical inquiry about the paradoxical nature of existence and humanity.
Director: Prabhjit Dhamija
Synopsis: In a slow paced Himalayan village in India, a young boy goes through a guilt-led state due to an incident for which he feels responsible. In the course of events the film enquires into the idea of 'me', thoughts, actions, suffering, and the degree of man's free-will.
Director: Meneka Das
Synopsis: After a loss of a love one, timid Carly struggles to face her audition at a music conservatoire. Seeing a picture of a 19th Century young confident woman on the wall, Carly escapes into a fantasy world to help find a way to overcome her fears.
Director: Kaushik Roy
Synopsis: Mala loves cinema and wants to become a filmmaker. However, her traditional family insists that she first gets married. Just when her “arranged” marriage date is fixed, she decides to lie at home to attend a Film Festival in Mumbai, only to discover a new world awaiting the modern Indian woman.
Director: Mohit Pal
Synopsis: The film explores the attitude of our society, how it treats a mentally challenged girl and how this in turn affects the life of the innocent girl.
Director: Anirban Guha
Synopsis: A women was waiting for someone, in a cafe. The waiter at the cafe served a glass of water. And this was where a journey began. A journey away from what we know to be real. A journey, beautiful and fated. A journey, too good to be true.
Director: Abhiroop Basu
Synopsis: A casual conversation between a young couple in a cafe ends in a rather fascinating finale.
Director: Prasanna Kodapadi
Synopsis: Seetha is in her mid 20s, must make a difficult decision once she is enlightened about the financial rewards of being a surrogate for American women. However, unexpected factors prove to be much more difficult for Sita to contemplate during the term of her pregnancy. What will Sita choose to do?
Director: Krishnand R.K
Synopsis: A captive goddess having a momentous encounter with a policeman and an atheist political activist arrested for domestic violence. A brief talk on religion socio-political changes and gods.
Director: Aniruddha Chatterjee
Synopsis: Two strangers, a high school student and a middle aged rockstar go on a drug induced journey that leads to shocking consequences.
Director: Aniket Chattopadhyay
Synopsis: Saubala, a fantasy drama, is about Life vs Death, fate, choices we make for survival and its ironical consequences. It outlines a mere depiction of an abstract incident framing the superiority of evil over good. The film mirrors society’s mindset and in doing so, rake out your own prejudices.
Director: Harleen Singh
Synopsis: It is story of desires of a women and what those desires bring to her.
Director: Karthik Siva
Synopsis: Sometimes dreams don't have logic but It will have great impact on reality... His Logic less dreams.. changed his reality forever.
Director: Rajat Agarwal
Synopsis: While India develops at a rapid rate, its citizens tend to stay rooted to their orthodox mentality. Kathputli portrays the patriarchal facet of India by representing the situation of a woman post her marriage, where the value of her existence eventually stoops down to that of a mere puppet.
Director: Lubdhak Chatterjee
Synopsis: An aspiring filmmaker and a painter,who paints amputated figures, embark on a journey for exploring the true essence of freedom when their choices are antagonistic to popular social norms.
Director: Ramkrishna Karande
Synopsis: A helpless tribal girl comes to the City with a goal to complete her Education. In adverse conditions, she decides to accept prostitution as her profession, as she wants to complete her Education at any cost. Finally she becomes a Government Officer, an Idol for many aspirants.
Director: Anay Tarnekar
Synopsis: A tribal man in central India finds himself at a crossroads where he must choose between winning his family's trust and betraying his religious beliefs thereby endangering an innocent life.
Director: Charles Kinnane
Synopsis: Shot on location at Mary’s Meals projects in Malawi, Haiti and India this movie shows the extraordinary difference receiving a daily meal in school can make to children growing up in some of the world’s poorest communities. Meet the youth who have achieved the impossible: a bright future.
Director: Vikrant Nigam
Synopsis: Vaikunth or V is an emerging artist on the Indian art circuit, but for past sometime he is dealing with an unusual problem. He has started seeing in black and white.
Director: Lal Vijay Shahdeo
Synopsis: A story of a 30 year old mute girl who is desperate to marry a man. She sells everything she has, and even sacrifices the man's dog as told by a black magic woman. She stands in front of the man with the dog's ashes on her naked body, hoping he will see her and belong to her, but he is blind.
Director: Arnab Mishra
Synopsis: The story is of a Freedom Fighter who was carrying some important documents to the eastern headquarters, but after getting injured, he accidentally visits his house which he hasn't for past 2 years. This unleash many secrets about his wife, organisational activities and their daughter.
Director: Pranav Adarsh
Synopsis: A deaf innocent man must alter his life completely after the Bombay Riots of 1992 rob him of his livelihood and almost cost him his only family, his sister. The incident brings him to a psychotic break, where he learns the power of rage.
Director: Anand Prakash
Synopsis: An emotionally numb garbage collector gets increasingly infatuated by a troubled actress who has moved into the apartment building where he works. Meanwhile a poor slum kid’s desire to eat pizza takes him to Domino's Pizza restaurant where he is noticed by a Film Star he admires
Director: Manav Bhinder
Synopsis: One night, a divorced couple coincidently meet each other at one of their common friends place to help her, and end up having a conversation which they never had before.
Director: Moumita Mondal
Synopsis: When a young boy is admitted to a hospital, he becomes the mute spectator of the different emotions and incidents at play in the ward. People who are complete strangers, battle for their lives together, and in the process form a bond that cannot be explained by logic.
Director: Nitin Shingal
Synopsis: Innocence and food. This is story of two kids coming from two different realities and their relationship with their 'Rice Bowl'.
Director: Durba Sahay
Synopsis: A woman who was forced into prostitution and a man whose struggles have made him a gangster—are loyal to each other. While the girl promises a lifetime of commitment to the man, the man vows to protect her & provide a life away from misery. However, fate might have something else planned for them.
Director: Namratpal Singh Basra
Synopsis: A depressed guy haunted by nightmares of death chooses to deal with his depression by escaping the daily reality through alcohol, smoking and drugs. Overdose of which can make his nightmare come true.