Kathmandu, November 13, 2016:Â Are you wondering if it is really possible to tell a good story in less than 30 minutes? Then head to the Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival, where filmmakers from around the world have gathered to tell their stories on diverse themes. And their films are short â€” some as short as five minutes.
In the fourth edition of the Festival that kicked off on November 12 at QFX Kumari, 78 films from Nepal and other countries are being screened. Five films were screened on the first day of the festival, that also provided a platform for world premiere of Ananta Yatra. The 15-minute-long Nepali short film directed by Sunil Pandey tries to capture the essence of festival theme â€˜And Life Goes Onâ€™.
Two Swiss filmmakers â€” Francesca Scalisi and Mark Olexa â€” tell the story of a Bangladeshi girl who was kidnapped and raped, in Moriom. And this film was also screened on the first day of the festival. Hole from Canada, directed by Martin Edralin, Lo Sum Choe Sum from Bhutan, directed by Dechen Roder, and Dadyaa by two Nepali filmmakers Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet were also screened on the first day.
Lu Sum Choe Sum â€” that tells the tale of child molestation, and a story from Karnali in Dadyaa won the hearts of audience.
One of the jury members of the festival and Nepali filmmaker Tsering Rhitar Sherpa appreciated the participating films for their quality. â€œIâ€™m pleasantly surprised to see such high quality films, in terms of content and technology, taking part in this festival. I think audiences will love these films.â€
Films with different stories and themes from Mexico, Thailand, Spain, Sweden, Romania, the USA, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Vietnam among others were screened on the second day of the festival, reflecting the culture, lifestyle and traditions of respective countries.
One of such films screened on November 12 was The Red Door from Bhutan. The filmâ€™s director Tashi Gyeltshen opined, â€œThe films that participate in such festivals tell people about each otherâ€™s culture, lifestyle and nature.â€ Focusing on South Asia, he added, â€œWe share common issues and there are differences too. Using these common topics we (different nations) can co-produce films, and we are discussing on that possibility at this festival,â€ and emphasised, â€œFilmmakers should never stop telling stories as life goes on.â€
Along with professionals, the festival has become a good platform for young filmmakers to showcase their talent. Short films made by students are being screened under â€˜Future of Cinemaâ€™ section. Subarna Thapa, one of the jury members of this section recalled, â€œI was also a student filmmaker, and showcased my films in the previous editions of the festival. So, I know what it means to be a student filmmaker,â€ adding, â€œWe hope to choose a good film as the winner of this section.â€
Meanwhile, a press meet was held on November 13 to announce Nepalâ€™s participation at the Switzerlandâ€™s Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) 2017. The festival has chosen Nepal as the highlighted country for its 31st edition in 2017. Twenty Nepali films (short, documentary and feature) will be screened in Switzerland as a part of their New Territory Section, informed Ram Krishna Pokharel, one of the organisers of Ekadeshma.
Deepak Rauniyarâ€™s White Sun (Seto Surya) will participate at FIFF from Nepal in the competitive category.
The three-day-long Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival will end on November 13.