This week, around 25 ﬁlms were screened everyday. We had celebrity interaction session every day with Dheeraj Vaidy (director – Jil Jung Juk) , Rathna Kumar (director Meyadhamaan), Vijaykumar (director – Uriyadi), Sri Ganesh (director – 8 Thottakal), Sarjun (director – Lakshmi and Maa), Abhishek Joseph George (actor), Sananth (actor) and Arol Jothi (actor) who interacted with the audience on various topics related to cinema.
The ﬁrst edition happened only 5 years ago, but this festival has grown steadily in popularity among ﬁlm enthusiasts and the general public. The 5th Chennai International Film Festival will screen short ﬁlms belonging to various genres and languages from across the world. 371 Short ﬁlms from 47 countries were submitted online for this edition of the Festival. These short- ﬁlms can be seen exclusively in theatres only and cannot be found on YouTube or digital freeware video-viewing platorms.
An expert jury formed by The Academy itself has whittled down the ﬁnal entries to 127 ﬁlms from 19 countries that are going to be screened at the premiere event. This year’s foreign ﬁlm selection celebrated contributions from India, Germany, Austria, Russia, Spain, US, UK, China, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands and Turkey.
To break the language barrier, movies in International Languages have all been subtitled in English for viewer understanding.
A jury comprising of directors Pushkar & Gayatri, Lokesh Kanagaraj and Maddone Ashwin have judged the ﬁlms.
The Short ﬁlms were divided mainly into 3 categories : Animation, Documentary and Fiction with awards across all categories. Total Cash Prize of INR 2,40,000 will be awarded to the winners and the runners. We have added a MovieBuﬀ Award this year with a cash prize of INR 10,000. There are a total of 10 awards this time.
Director K. Mohan Raja, Foreign dignitaries and Bureaucrats had inaugurated the Festival which was held on the 18th of February at 6 PM.
On all days except the ﬁrst and the last, there will be an evening session of interaction with a celebrity guest, with the focus being strongly tilted towards the various aspects of ﬁlm making. This is sure to be an attractive proposition for any budding ﬁlm maker as it is an opportunity to learn the trade from some of the best in the business.