These days there’s an abundance of short and mobile film makers looking for ways to get their films noticed at film festivals. Thinking ‘Out of the Box’ to provide them a platform with global audiences viewing at the same time, Shunyatam International Film Festival (Shunfest) was redesigned as a Hybrid film festival. A part of a multi-platform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent films, and to provide a showcase for diverse storytelling that inspires and engages, Shunyatam International Film Festival will be simultaneously held physically (Offline) as well will be available Online via digital platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and the like.
Awards & Prizes are given in as many as 21 award categories that include Best Feature Film, Best Independent Film, Best Short Film, Best Animation Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Music Video, Best Web Series, and Best LGBT Film in the main category. In the technical category, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best DOP and Best Music will be awarded where the winners will carry home a Trophy at a glittering Film Awards Ceremony. Apart from these awards, there will be a ‘Best of the Fest’ trophy to the most promising Film maker. All participants will receive a digital Participation Certificate, ready for print, which can be printed anywhere. Only the winners in are eligible for trophies.
Why do we want to do it Hybrid? It's simple. There is a great need for it. With the growing technologies, the world in indeed "coming closer" online as well as offline. While audiences are intrigued by films from around the world, not all can travel to the festival venue to catch the wonderful films that are screened. It will also give a wider reach to the film makers as it will also get them the audience where the film cannot travel.
“The world of film making is changing, and filmmakers can make as much of an impact on small screens as they do on big screens. Also the media for watching films have been changing as there are a lot of mediums that are offering them the viewing pleasure at their own time and space. This gave us the impetus and idea of having a Hybrid Film Festival (Online as well as Offline) where we can get more audiences for these films. And thus Shunyatam International Film Festival was re-designed to associate with a digital platform and inspire the makers to bring in the best of stories and characters from across the world. It also challenges us to elevate the breadth and depth of innovative storytelling through our Hybrid Film Festival in today’s tough times when coming together is maintained at a distance,” said Mahua Majumdar, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer and the Festival Director.”
So what are you waiting for? Send in your original films or the most technical one. Send in drama, comedy, horror, thriller, dark or humanity based, period or LGBT, each one is accepted as we love films and we love originality. We love our Indian roots and we love our world exposure. We love Indian films and we love global cinema. Don’t wait further! Send in your entries right away and get it showcased at the best digital platform where your inspiring films get their due - only at Shunyatam International Film Festival.