All You’d Need To Know About The India Film Project!
Posted on 2 September, 2016 by Team Wishberry
Known as Asia’s largest filmmaking challenge, the India Film Project is an event that invites amateur and professional filmmakers from over 20 countries to work on a short film from scratch in 50 Hours!
Apart from pushing one to make their passion a reality over a weekend, showcase it and get awarded for the same. The event also includes a Film Festival, Workshops, Master Class, Panel Discussion and Cinema Exhibitions. Finishing a film by itself is not a cakewalk, especially when all you have is just a little over 2 days.
It began in 2011 when 600 participants came together to make 86 films. Over the years the participation increased and 2015 saw 15,000+ participants from 11 countries work on over 710 films.
Acclaimed filmmakers like Vikramaditya Motwane, Shoojit Sircar, Ketan Mehta, Guneet Monga, Onir have previously been a part of the jury at IFP. This year, Madhur Bhandarkar and Nagesh Kukunoor will fill in this role.
So, how does one go about it?
If you think you can make a film in 50 hours, all you have to do is register your team on their website before the 15th of September.
Each team can have up to 20 members, who will need to begin work on the film after a theme is provided via mail by the IFP team. The team members are expected to script, cast, shoot, edit, colour correct, and add background music within the stipulated time period.
The participant can choose to be a part of one of the 3 categories: Amateur, Professional (previously worked on a film, documentary or advertisement) and Mobile (wherein you exclusively need to shoot through a single smartphone).
Check out some of the winning films from IFP over the years:
With only one statement made at the end of the video, the musical film speaks volumes on change in order to create a better society for our women. The 5 minute film made by a 5 member team from Ahmedabad won the Platinum Film of the Year 2013, and has over 2 lakh views today.
Audition put together by a team from Chennai won the title of Platinum Film of the Year 2014. The film shows relentless passion and determination to achieve a dream.
With brilliant camera work the team of Kahaniyan put multiple stories on misery, struggle, love, beauty, dreams and freedom dance together to win the Silver Film of the Year 2015.
Inspired by Gulzar’s short story - Raavi Paar, Koothu was celebrated as the Platinum Film of the Year 2015. The film displays the constant set of battles the protagonist has to fight to only live a life full of misery.
If this does sound interesting, maybe this is the competition you need to sign up for to get that inner filmmaker out. Last day to register for the competition is the 15th of September.
Need a few lessons on how to go about mobile filmmaking? Check out Sudhish Kamath’s extremely helpful article on shooting a feature film on phone.