I never saw a 16mm camera or the reel, had no idea what would be the film like. And I just came across a film festival focused on promoting 16mm Films in Mumbai, organized and curated by Harkat Studios.

16 mm Film festival in Mumbai 2018
16 mm Film festival in Mumbai 2018

I had watched the introductory video of Harkat Studio online and was impressed how a team of 3 is doing wonders in this beautiful art space, hosting festivals, workshops and giving so much freedom to the artists. I love this space.

16 mm Camera Film Strip
16 mm Camera Film Strip

Pre-screening we all met Harsh from Kodak and knowing about the whole journey of getting the 16mm cameras, stock, the chor bazaar experience, handling guy for the camera, learning from their experience, scan facility and opening the new opportunity for filmmakers for processing and developing films and much more.

I liked the way he differentiated between Film Cameras and Digital Cameras while making sure that he is not creating a competition out of his views.

It is 2018 that I and many others got this great opportunity to go back in that era from where it all began, that’s 16mm films.

We all took our seats, and there we saw Bernd Lützeler (Filmmaker In Focus) giving us a brief note, disclaimer, or whatever you call it.

He called it Jugaad Disclaimer.

When I saw the screening in their studio, I was stunned. I mean the reels rolling, that prominent ray of light coming out, that noise, and seeing one frame getting burnt, yes that did happen. But that’s ok, infact that’s a memory for me, to tell my son, that I’ve witnessed it once.

Films screened that day (15-Dec-2018) were…

the Voice of God
India, 2011, 35mm, 1:1.85, 10 min

Batagur Baska [by Guido Möbius]
Brazil & Germany, 2016, Super-8, 1:1.37, 8 min

India & Germany, 2018, Digital 4K, 1:1.33, 9 min

A Soundfilm
Germany, 2017, Super-8, 1:1.37, 6 min

Fictitious Force [by Philip Widmann]
India & Germany, 2015, Super 16, b&w, 1:1.78, 15 min

Traveling with Maxim Gorkiy [Dir: Bernd Lützeler & Kolja Kunt]
Germany, 2014, Super-8, 1:1.37, 11 min

Camera Threat
India & Germany, 2017, 35mm & DCP, 1:1.85, 30 min

Post-screening, Bernd Lützeler touched upon few points about his journey like fascination for Bollywood, and how things went in India.

During my globe-trotting journey of 47 countries so far, I’ve visited Germany 5 times, and have met a lot of Germans during my travel. But never came across a German like Bernd Lützeler, he is a bit different.

I love his style and his sense of humor.

I loved all his films, a great piece of art, and an excellent opportunity to meet Bernd Lützeler personally.

I Thank Harkat Studio for giving me a piece of 16mm Film Strip to take away.

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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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