The Ek Minute film screening, as part of the 16mm Film Festival hosted by Harkat studio was a wonderful experience.

The rules were simple: Tell a story on 50ft of 16mm film (approx 1 min) – silently. They received over 200 scripts from across India, produced them and that day they presented the best six of them, just out of the lab. These were shot on the Arri BL, Arri SR3 and Bolex on Kodak 250D and 500T film stock.

Ek Minute Film Festival on 16mm
Ek Minute Film Festival on 16mm

The idea here is to think of a film because the digital technology and the camera in our pockets have made things a lot easier. But think of a 50 ft film, if I have to say something using that 50 ft film which is around a minute, how would I say. How would I convey the message, bring out the character, expression, the flow, and made sure the audience is not left wondering with incomplete message.

It’s more about working with film, thinking of the Film and working with the medium and seeing all these lovely experiments coming out of that.

The best part was to see the ideas that people came up with when they were given just 1 minute.

It’s very similar to a ‘straight 8‘ someway, although ‘straight 8’ people have done crazier things, with all sort of films. There was a film playing inside film and animation and all, which is difficult and time-consuming, takes weeks and weeks in that medium.

The six films that were screened that day (December 16, 2018) were…

50 feet [By Omkar Naik]:
A faint glimpse of distance in the city as two people meet after long.

A Mute Point [By Yamini Nibhanupudi and Ayush Chaturvedi]:
A silent film in a world without sound.

Elevated [By Aditi Mediratta]:
See no evil…

For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Won [By Upal Maji]:
A tale of two mothers taking on life with courage and strength.

Jenga [By Sharmistha Saha]:
Jenga is a futuristic story of the life of Antilia, a multi-storey building in Mumbai.

Static Bombay [By Savyaschi Anju-Prabir]:
A static individual is a dreamer, lost in thought and alone, in this city of dreams.

My favourite film that day was Jenga, a typical chess-playing scene in the locality, but instead of a chessboard, the players made the moves by removing the floors from a wood crafted Antilia.

Imitating as politicians, who play games and try to take away their bite from it, in return of commercial favour to the corporate & the industries.

Seen in the behind were the spectators, we the people clapping and enjoying every bit of it, understanding the makeup and the reality that goes into the business world.

An ordinary man knows everything, but he can’t express, in a fear that the dominant system would crush him with a strong foundation, that has never been shaken.

A perfect message passed on to the audience without any dialogue, a very well made self-expressive film, making the best out of just 1 minute allotted to them.

I loved all other films, especially the performance of Mika (A Hindi speaking German girl, I met at the studio). She has a good accent.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind this review is composed of solely my own opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt. This is for informative entertainment purpose only, representing my personal views. I do not own the images used in the review. No copyright infringement intended.


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