The first season of Expressions Short Film Festival was held in Orange city Nagpur, India, in a well-organized and cheerful manner from 28 to 30 July 2017 at GH Raisoni College’s SV Hall, Shraddha House, Station Road, Nagpur.
It was organized jointly Milind Patil’s Pin Drop Sound Studio and Shailesh Narwade’s Meliorist Film Studio.
Out of a total of 1402 entries from 102 nations; 70 short films, documentaries, animation films and music videos were adjudged as ‘Official Selection’ and were screened during the three-day festival.
The festival also featured celebrity lectures, panel discussions and live performances. Bollywood celebrities Piyush Mishra, Brijendra Kala and Rajshree Landge graced the festival as chief guests on each day. Nagpurians gave a very rousing response to the festival as packed houses were witnessed throughout the festival.
The main attraction of the last day of eXpressions Short Film Festival was a very candid interactive session with celebrated writer, poet and actor Piyush Mishra.
The hall was packed an hour before Mishra’s arrival and many of his fans had to stand for over two hours to listen to him.
Around half an hour after he started chatting with the audiences, there was a huge round of applause in the hall when Mishra turned to the harmonium to sing his favourite songs and poems. The next one hour was an unforgettable experience for Nagpurians.
Winners in the Indian Showroom section of the festival
The festival concluded with the announcement of awards. “Mercury” won the Best Short Film award, “Schirkoa” won Best Animated Short Film award, “The Fall” won Best Documentary award while “Return of the Phantom Lady” won Best Music Video award. A total of 15 awards were announced after the winners were selected by Drishyam Films, which were the collaborative jury for the festival.
Panel Discussion – 3
The morning of Sunday 30 July saw third panel discussion on “Make a Short for bigger impact” that was participated by city filmmakers Milind Kulkarni, Aditya Sharma and DoP Kundan Sad.
They all advised the aspiring filmmakers not to be in hurry in a bid to establish themselves in the industry. They urged newcomers to first learn the craft and keep networking with fellow filmmakers. The panel discussions was hosted by Preeti Patel and Shailesh Narwade.
On Saturday 29 July, well-known film producer and actress Rajshree Landge left the young Nagpurians completely spellbound with her charming personality and winning attitude.
Rajshree delivered a keynote lecture on “Women’s place in male-dominated film industry” wherein she exhorted women not to surrender to the male-dominated culture and create dignified place of their own in the industry.
Audiences had a very interesting session interacting with the charming and beautiful actress.
Panel Discussion – 2
The panel discussion on “Can theatre be a gateway to cinema?” held the second evening of the festival was participated by well-known theatre directors Virendra Ganvir, Sanjay Bhakre, Rupesh Pawar and Sandeep Daberao. While almost of the speakers insisted that theatre is supreme to cinema; they also had to agree that they have secret desires to work in cinema someday. The panel discussions was hosted by Preeti Patel and Shailesh Narwade.
Organizers & Partners
Actor Brijendra Kala delivered his keynote lecture on “How an actor should change with changing times?” wherein he narrated his life events and struggle to sustain in the industry. The audiences very patiently listened to his journey from a small theatre to today’s web-series.
Panel Discussion – 1
The first evening saw panel discussion and Q&A session on “Film production and reality of Vidarbha”. Rakesh Totla from Drishyam Films, renowned actor Vira Sathidar, film analyst Akshaye Rathi and film producer Raman Senad participated in the discussion, which highlighted the need for good content and prolonged practice for filmmakers to produce good films in Vidarbha. The discussion was hosted by Preeti Patel and Shailesh Narwade.