On the 14th and the 15th of September, the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (UG), Pune is hosting its first official short film festival, The East Side Story (TESS). The festival is open to student film-makers across the country. With event and prize partners such as Vespa, Penguin Books India, MOFILM, Grey Oak Publishers and Grey Oak Films, this festival is hoping to see good participation and response.

It’s strange how the college has decided to host a festival dedicated only to short films. This means that they might not get the crowd that a regular college festival would. However, we believe that this is what sets TESS apart from other college festivals. Rarely have we heard of a college doing something like this. The college is using its resources and putting its best foot forward to make this event a success, especially after it was rated second-best out of all media colleges of India by magazines such as India Today.

The categories in which one can participate range from fiction to non-fiction to ad films. With an impressive jury of the likes of Anjum Rajabali, writer of films such as The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Aarakshan, and Mr. Ramanuj Shastry, Chief Creative Director of Saatchi and Saatchi (India), this festival is the perfect opportunity for film-makers to have their work seen by people who are idols in their own fields. On the 14th, the college is hosting an exhibition where short films such as the likes of Shor by Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru will be screened. The entry for this day is Rs. 100. The entry on the 15th, the day of the competition, is free for all.

dfuse.in is proud to be web partners for this event and we invite you to join us as a group of students embark on a project for which they have put in a lot of hard work. Hope to see you there!

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To learn more about TESS, go here.

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