The 14th ADDA Short Film Festival held under the auspices of ADDA in association Aucto Creation, featured some fabulous lineup of short films this year that demonstrated the talents of independent filmmakers from far and near. The organisers were thrilled to be able to share these films with the Guwahati audience. Chandra Shekhar’s ‘Black Whale’ was adjudged the Best Film in the fiction category. While ‘Adamita Daman’, directed by Potdip Chaudhary has bagged the Best Documentary award, ‘Tetli Gash’, directed by Jiten Das was chosen for the Best Animation Film award.
There were 16 films in the competition category and a host of other films in the invitation category, in the two-day festival that was held at Shilpagram, Panjabari, on December 2 and 3.
This year, a few more awards were introduced in the festival such as best director, best cinematographer, best editing and best background score. The Best Director award was bagged by Sujit Deb Barma for ‘Running’ and the Best Cinematographer award went to Rasel Mahmud of Bangladesh for ‘Songs of Padma’, directed by Ahsif Khan. The award for Best Editing was won by Amrit Basumatary for ‘Running’. The Best Background score award was bagged by Ahsif Khan for ‘Songs of Padma’.
This year, the jury comprised of noted filmmaker Sanjeev Hazorika, well-known film critic Manoj Barpujari and script writer Bhaskar Das. As part of the festival, there were also off-screen elements that shaped this year’s festival experience. ADDA also organised a photography contest and a quiz competition on cinema titled ‘Deep Focus’. In the photography competiton, Raja Kankan Saikia bagged the Best Photographer award, while the second and third prizes were won by Satabdi Baruah and Pompi Mech respectively.
In the quiz competition, Dhrubajyoti Barman and Biswajit Sharma emerged as the winner. Noted photographers Tapan Das, Utpal Baruah and Kamal Barman were the jury members of the photography competition. Noted sound designer Rajen Rajkhowa and writer Syamanta Phukan gave away the prizes.
A host of other programmes, including puppet dance by Assam Puppet Theatre, vintage photo exhibition by Vintage Assam and painting exhibition by Royal School of Fine Arts of the Royal Global University also attracted cinegoers at the two-day festival.