College film festivals are back

After a long hiatus due to COVID-19-induced restrictions, campus film festivals are back. The Campus Youth Forum, a student forum, is organizing Synergia, a festival of short films, documentaries and animated films, at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi auditorium on March 11-12.

Filmmaker Vidhu Vincent will inaugurate the festival. mushroom springan FTII diploma film directed by Thrissur native Rahul Mahesh is the inaugural film.

The two-day film festival stems from the general feeling that some positive vibes need to be instilled in students, as there has been no cultural activity or social engagement on campus for almost two years due to the lockdown of COVID-19 and online courses, explains Anu Pappachan, director of the festival.

Students and teachers from Thrissur and surrounding colleges and film society activists have teamed up to organize the festival featuring documentaries, short films, animated films, experimental films and music videos.

The film packages include the Philippines “digital rights” film package, animation films from IDC Design School, Mumbai, and NID, Ahmedabad, student films from FTII (Pune) and KR Narayanan Institute, Kanjiramattam, and national and international films. curated by filmmaker RP Amudan, says festival curator KC Santhosh Kumar.

Campus films made by students from all over Kerala and some shortlisted films under the Thrissur Press Club Geo Sunny Film Awards will also be screened.

Prof. Benny Benedict is the festival’s advisor.

‘CampuSPEAK’, an exhibition of words and images from different campuses, will be another attraction of the festival. Students from different campuses will present their doodles, sketches, collages, paintings and everything that expresses the unspoken of the two long years of confinement. The students of the College of Fine Arts will take the direction of the curatorship of this exhibition.

There will also be street theater performances, poetry recitations, folk songs, student groups and other cultural expressions at the site.

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