Amity University, Mumbai organized International Film Festival, AMISHORTS 2023
Amity University Mumbai has organized the 1st Amity International Short Film Festival, AMISHORTS 2023. The purpose of the short film festival is to connect the students with world cinema and help them to understand global issues. AMISHORTS 2023 was inaugurated by Dr. A W Santhosh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Mumbai in the presence of Ashok Rane, renowned Film Critic, Tanisha Mukherjee, Actress, Amanollah Sayadi, Director, Iran Culture House, Mumbai.
Amity International Short Film Festival, in its first year, engaged audiences across the city with powerful perspectives created around the global theme of Education, Human Rights and many more. These themes resonate with people of all age groups and cut across all strata of society.
Speaking at the event, Vice Chancellor Dr. A W Santosh Kumar, said, “Cinema always attracts the young mind. With the exploration of OTT platforms, everything is available at your fingertips. I am sure students at Amity University, Mumbai, would connect to world issues through these fantastic movies especially curated for students. From Iran to Argentina, we have prominent countries of world cinema participating in this festival AMISHORT 2023.
The chief guest of the event, three-time national award winner, renowned Ashok Rane, explained the importance of short films and differentiated them from feature films. He said short films played a very important role in shaping the careers of filmmakers. It gives them the confidence to go ahead with his/her ideas.
Actress Tanisha Mukherjee’s film Agni-Daah was the opening film of the festival AMISHORT 2023. She along with her director Yogendra Chaubal introduced the film to the audience. After the screening, both of them also replied to the audience’s questions regarding the film.
In the second session of the festival, Akhilendra Mishra, a character artist from the Hindi film Industry introduced his film Barat. In conversation with the audience, he highlighted how Indian films are appreciated across the globe. He insisted that local language films be produced on a large scale.
A total of 15 films were showcased in AMISHORTS 2023, which includes films from Argentina, Germany, Iran and many more. In the Indian Panorama section, award-winning films like Prashna (2020), Sea Of Clouds (2021), and Half Day (2022) were screened for the full-packed auditorium. Filmfare award winner, Marathi Non-Fiction “Varasa” (Legacy) was the closing film of the festival. Directed by Sachin Balasaheb Suryavanshi, the film is about the Weaponry of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and its legacy. More than 1000 students attended the AMISHORTS 2023.