INDEPENDENT FRAMES 2014
This is an initiative by the first year
post graduate students of the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University
to collect and showcase alternative and independent film practices taking place
in India. Independent cinema has acquired new meaning today as it has also been
imbibed within the larger framework of the mainstream industry. However, our
purpose is to identify filmmakers/artists who are relentlessly making films,
not under the umbrella of any ‘mainstream studio system’, but are working
outside that framework. Either these films are self financed or made through
money collected as donation. Not just limited to finance, they have invested
their sweat and soul into the making of the film that truly articulates new
ideas and themes and raises questions relating to myriad socio-political issues.
Our main objective is to locate people making films with limited resources to
trace the state of independent films happening in the country and aim to create
an atmosphere of interaction and exchange of ideas pertaining to new cinematic
Our festival would contain three main categories:
Short Films, Feature Films and Non-fiction/Documentary.
For the first two categories (Short films
and Feature films), our criteria would be to select films that:
· Deal with new ideas and themes,
· Reflect upon important issues plaguing our
society and importantly,
· The way in which a particular filmmaker has
expressed these ideas, the techniques employed to tell a story and whether they
offer any new aesthetic value in the field of cinema.
would be given to both form and content of the cinematic medium.
For our third category, (Non-Fiction/Documentary),
we have devised a definite theme: Violence. Violence would encompass an array
of issues like gender violence, domestic violence, military atrocities
occurring in conflicted areas, like Kashmir and the North-East. The
corporate-state nexus that has led to the displacement and eviction of many
tribal communities in various regions and the plight of marginalised
communities and minorities being targeted, is one such example. Our humble effort is to expose ourselves and
the audience to the people’s ongoing struggle and the ‘truth’ that lies at the
crux of these issues, which has been falsified and masked by various
institutions and individuals for vested interests.
Any films made under the aegis and funding
of any media and film schools shall not be accepted. However, we shall accept
films independently produced by any student.
Last date of submission of films: 25th
March, 2014 (Tentative Date).
Venue: Vivekananda Hall, Jadavpur University,
Festival date: April 7- April 9, 2014 (Tentative Date)
to Send the Films
There are two ways through which you can
send us the copy of your films. You can
dispatch the DVD copies via speed post to the two addresses given below.
337, Parnasree Pally,
Sun Apartment, 3rd Floor,
Near Mother Dairy Booth,
Abu Sohel Khondekar
22, Dedar Bux Lane,
4th Floor, Near Taltala Police Station,
P.O- Park Street, Kolkata- 700016
If you have a Google account,
you can upload the film on Google drive and share the link with us on the
following email address: independentframes2014-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org
For any further information or
clarification please write to or contact:
Dinesh (Mob- 09674 598 078), Bitan (Mob-
09836 589 244), Sohel (09831 276 725)
Email id: independentframes2014-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org
Please note that all films sent to us shall not be screened. Films that suit
our above mentioned criteria shall be chosen by the panel of students.