With the aim of promoting short films in Assam, a group of cine lovers came up with the idea of screening short films for locals to enjoy and give local filmmakers a platform to showcase their creativity.
The ADDA Short Film Festival is one such event which started way back in 2004. This year, it showcased its 11th edition at Shraddhanjali Kanan on Zoo Road, Guwahati on 27th November. Short film of different genres such as animation and documentary were shown along with a film called Turn Over which was shot with a mobile phone. This year’s jury included senior journalist and film critic Bitopan Borborah who was also a part of the jury of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, renowned film critic Altaf Majid and story teller Prasanta Das.
Well-known sound designer of the Hindi film industry, Amrit Pritam who has been associated with many critically acclaimed films like Slumdog Millionaire, Black, Mithya was also present during the screening of the short films. He has been a part of ADDA since the very beginning as he had designed the sound of many short films in its first year.
The documentary Dhemaji Tragedy directed by Parthajit Baruah was one of the best films of the festival which showed the family of the victims of the 2004 Dhemaji bomb blast that had killed many children during an Independence Day parade, the families are still trying to cope with their loss.
Founding member of ADDA Short Film Festival, Rajeev Phukan says ‘It has been a long journey with ups and downs but with the efforts of the members and friends of ADDA, we have been able to continue it so far for the love of cinema.’
The films that were screened were: Puhor, Sita, The Last Way, I Am Rebel, Seni, Abakhai, Auto Driver, Dhemaji Tragedy, Beyond Canvas, Cuckoo, Go- Coco, Lotkon, Nokbe and Home.