If Friday is when the fates of the full-length feature film makers is decided, Monday will be the day when the fortunes will open for short film makers and enthusiasts. Lagerbay (on Waterfield Road in Bandra) is hosting Monday Premiere in association with Large Short Films. Having created a stir online with more than 35000 fans on Facebook with directors like Anurag Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, Chakri Toleti and Samar Khan making short films… And hundreds of talented indie film makers who are making a mark with stunning short films, Large Short Films goes on-ground from online.
Monday Premiere will now be a regular feature at Lagerbay. A new short film will be screened every Monday along with a collection of some famous and some unseen award winning short films from across India. From the repertoire of Large Short Films, these short films promise to enthrall the audiences. This free screening for film enthusiasts comes with an icing on the cake… they also get to meet the film makers, the actors and the technicians of the films.
At the launch of Monday Premiere on the 8th of October, Lagerbay saw a lot of film enthusiasts come in and appreciate the films that were screened, supporting this new concept were DIlip Tahil, Seema Rehmani (Loins of Punjab), Sohail Khan, Asif Basra (Jab We Met). Samar Khan, the director of Shaurya& Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye, who is also making a short film under the Large Short Films banner opened the show where he spoke about the future of short films as a concept and how he is going about making his short film which is already on the floor, he said that short films are now being taken very seriously and not just as art products but even as commercially viable films.
LargeShortFilms is a Showhouse initiative, Omer Haidar the Managing Director of Showhouse, said that this is an attempt to take online events to an on ground format to create a 360 degree experience for a film lover.
The evening began with Sunil Subramani’s debut short film, Sarahana, produced by Large Short Films. A soulful tale of human relationships. Having grown under Anurag Basu as his chief assistant for over 12 years, Sunil’s film brought the emotions that is so typically Basu in this 10 minute film.
Another great film screened was Amit Kumar’s Bypass. A dark film made in 2003 that starred Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The audience was rooted to their spots as Bypass took them through a violent movie. Amit Kumar spoke about his journey and how this film came into being and about his new feature Monsoon Shootout.
Along with these 2 films, 5 more internationally acclaimed short films were also screened. Most of the film makers were present with their teams. It was an emotionally packed evening, with ideas flying high along with anecdotes from the struggling days of the films and their arduous journey of making it large. Monday Premiere at Lagerbay aims at bringing alive the short films for the aspiring film makers and enthusiasts with screenings and interactive chats. To give the glory that each of the short films deserve and support them with a public platform which otherwise they can’t afford when they start off as film makers. And finally growing the community and putting them all in touch.
If any aspiring film maker wants to showcase their films or watch them, just go to facebook.com/LargeShortFilms