Indie Films That Could Represent India At Cannes And Various International Film Festivals In 2018
Posted on 23 May, 2017 by Team Wishberry
Every year a handful of 2-3 films from the whole country go international to screen at various film festivals. Being the world’s largest film-producing nation we failed to get even a single entry in the Official Selection or the festival’s parallel sections - Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The only Indian film that’d screen at the prestigious festival would be Payal Kapadia’s 13-minute Afternoon Clouds, one of the 16 contenders for Cinefondation competition.
Also doing their rounds at other independent events organised at Cannes are Rima Das’ Village Rockstars in Marche du Film (Cannes Film Market) and Venika Mitra’s All I Want that won the Beyond Borders Diversity of Cannes Short Film Showcase.
Even last year, Cannes didn’t see any Indian film in the Official Selection but there were entries in the parallel sections - Cannes Classics, Directors’ Fortnight, Un Certain Regard and International Critics' Week.
Is it so because Indian filmmakers aren’t innovating? No! It is so because innovative cinema and filmmakers aren’t being backed and supported to go all out, and be noticed by these festivals.
Here are 5 absolutely beautiful Indian indie films that need your support to make it BIG!
Shot entirely in rural Rajasthan, Bhasmasur is the story of a father and son, and their beloved donkey. The film focusses on love and sacrifice that the father-son duo experience while on a journey to sell off their pet donkey to pay back the moneylender.
The film was shortlisted under the annual NFDC Film Bazaar Recommends List at IFFI, and is currently in its post-production stage. It also has attracted a lot of interest from various film festivals all over the world. Do be a part of their journey HERE.
Tiffin Box is a Konkani short film about a common man, who is blessed by an opportunity that can potentially change his debt-driven life.
In an effort to put forth the brilliance of Konkani cinema, this film has been shot entirely in picturesque Goa and has been brought to life by an all-Goan cast and crew. Back the makers of the film, for regional cinema in India can flourish only with the help of its cherished audience.
Chhotu and Bholu discover a book filled with pictures of various animals they didn’t even know existed. And, just like that, the cute duo decides to set off on an adventure to the zoo.
Doorbeen is a short film that is attempting to visualise the exploration of a new world through the eyes of innocence. As noted by an anonymous person on the internet, "The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything." Back them HERE!
Set in Uttar Pradesh, Ek Betuke Admi Ki Afrah Ratein is about the alienation of the modern man in the backdrop of rising consumerism and violence in our society.
The plot follows the lead actor hanging on to a ray of hope in love, for in love lies our deliverance. Support this good, well-meaning as well as experimental cinema made by an FTII alumnus.
Rhoya is the story of an optimistic 'dream-seller' who isn’t willing to give up on her dream until she is forced has to face her own demons. The message the film wants to convey is that, “If you haven't made it, that's probably because it is YOU who is doing something wrong!”
Join this team of relentless and driven individuals who refuse to say no, HERE.
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