MIC organises Video Marathon3 min read
Varadesh Hiregange, Director, MIC addressing around 170 spectators declared the event open and also welcomed the guests Raghunandan Kaanadka, Creative Head, Flaunge Media Productions; Hussain Shah Kiran, filmmaker and B.V. Bharath, Actor, who were here not only to teach the students the nuances of film making and other areas but were also the part of the jury for this competition.
The event started with many inspirational short films being screened like Stolen Heart, Table 7, Hussain Shah Kiran’s Onti Ganta and Shadow to name a few. Later a workshop was held where the participants who had come from various colleges were taught the nuances of film making, editing and other areas of filmmaking. The participants were then asked to make a short film of their own and submit the hard copies the next day. On the final day the participants showed their talent with their work later screened.
Varun Hegde, Suraj CJ and Ashirwad Paul Thomas’s “The Event Boundaries” won the first prize while Shikhar Mittal, Sakshi Sharma and Mansoor Ahmed came second with, “Me, Myself and I” and Debsourabh Ghosh, Prithu Kumar and Abhishek Shende directed “Bad Currency” walked away with the third prize.
“Video Marathon gives us the chance to explore the ideas and bring them to life. We will teach you the first steps before you bungee jump to make your ideas a reality,” said Kaanadka, who has over 300 short films to his credit. He added that the key to be a good filmmaker is to be creatively independent.
Kaanadka proposed that the students should put up their movies online and the one which generates the most number of hits would be adjudged as the Most Popular Film Award. Explaining the concept he said, “Since it is a democracy and I believe not many of you may agree with us on the films which have won, therefore we have come up with the Most Popular Film Award as well.”
Nitin Krishna, a student of first year BAJC from MIC, praised the event and said, “The event was really good, and it was great to see so many good short movies. I really liked “Ghost Stories” which was one of the movies screened and felt it should have won, but still overall the video marathon is a hit and was a great learning experience.”
Gouthama Avarthi, who is the maker of national award winning wildlife documentary film “Slaves of the Lamp” is also an anthropologist and was one of the judges during the Video Marathon, had something different to say. “Due to weather constraints, I was not able to see the kind of work I would have liked to see, therefore it’s very important for these upcoming filmmakers to put their ideas on paper first and then execute it. I am sure these will help the upcoming film makers to learn from their mistakes.”
Manasha Ganeshan, a first year BAJC student from MIC also didn’t seem impressed as well and said, “I didn’t like this Video Marathon very much. The workshops were kind of slow, time consuming and were really boring.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman