Event Review: Sunday Shorts With Pocket Films

A small venue just steps away from Khar Railway Station,Tuning Fork is known for hosting various stand-up, music and other live entertaining events coupled with film screenings. A particular event titled Sunday Shorts With Pocket Films caught my eye and I decided to check it out last Sunday. Going by the event’s description, it would screen five short films and give the audience a chance to interact with the filmmakers. A pretty basic event at first glance, I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed myself.

The venue has tied up with Pocket Films, one of the largest distributors of Indian short films and documentaries to give us this really engaging event filled with quality content. If you’re bored of those multiplex cinema halls, watching films that don’t really strike a chord, it’s events like these that will revive your faith in Indian cinema. What I loved the most about the event was its unique format and the effort put in by the organizers to get all the filmmakers to interact with the crowd. If you’re a budding filmmaker or an established one, an ardent cinema lover or just looking for an entertaining way to spend your weekend, this event is definitely where you should be headed.

At the event that lasted about two and a half hours, five short films ranging from different genres and styles of filmmaking were screened. It began with Special Dish, a Marathi short that focused on a married couple and their unique way of confessing their affection for each other. This was followed by Laugh, a dramatic comedy by Akshay Choubey, edited by Nikhil Sen along with a talented cast that comprised of Sanjay Mishra, Sheeba Chadha, Vrajesh Hirjee and Brijendra Kala. Post that, we saw Xavier Joseph’s Joycee and Shilpa Johar’s single-shot film Nange Pair. Lastly, we saw The Paperboy a film by Aniket Mitra, which was my personal favorite from the lot. After every film, the filmmakers took to the stage to answer questions from the audience. From how the cast and crew of Laugh were hit by a thunderstorm while shooting to what inspired a particular shot, from why the director of The Paperboy decided to shoot in black and white to how a one-shot film was choreographed, the filmmakers were more than eager to answer all the questions.

Another interesting twist was the open showcase in the end where three budding filmmakers were given a chance to present their ideas to the crowd. Depending on which idea they would love to see, by a show of hands, that specific film was then screened. For someone who always appreciates new and quality content, be it through films or through any other medium, I thought this was one hell of an event. Aditi, a design student who attended the event said, “I think it is an amazing event and a wonderful platform. We get to know so about the technical aspects and I loved how the organizers made an effort, especially to arrange a Skype call with a filmmaker who could not be present at the event.

Make sure you attend the next Sunday Shorts and stay tuned to our website for more details about it.

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