The four-day BRICS Youth Short Films Festival, entitled “FILM DIALOGUE--2012, was opened at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 13, 2012. The event is a festival-cum-competition of the youth short films, jointly organized by the RCSC and the Citizens’ Film Forum (CFF) with the support of the Embassies of Russia, Brazil, China and South Africa.
The festival is timed to the BRICS Summit, which will take place in the Indian Capital on March 28-19, and is aimed at promoting the development of cultural ties between the participants of BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
After the inaugural ceremony, “Enmesh”, a short feature film from Russia, directed by Ainur Askarov, was screened. The award-giving ceremony will take place on March 16 at 6. 00 p.m.
Underlining the significance of the film festival, Mr. S. M. Khan, Director-General, Doordarshan News, described its platform as a broad venue of soft diplomacy fulfilling the cultural tie-up, friendship and cooperation among nations. He lauded the achievements made in cinematography and film production by countries like Russia, China and India. Tracing the background of Indo-Russian bilateral cooperation in the field, he recalled the tremendous response witnessed among the Russian audience on Indian cinema during the Year of India in Russia.
Earlier, welcoming the large gathering of young film-makers, diplomats, media, and others, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, noted that the festival is dedicated to the forthcoming BRICS Summit, in which Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev is participating. He also referred to the two important event taking place this year: 65th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India and the Festival of Russian Culture in India, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Pointing out that the RCSC is planning to make this film festival an annual feature, he added that the festival is aimed at encouraging young film-makers from the BRICS countries by providing them with a platform to showcase their films and to recognize their contributions by way of awards to the best-judged films and certificates to all film-makers, whose films are screened at the festival. The festival offers young film-makers a rare opportunity to get an exposure to an international audience and a chance to get selected by an international Jury, he concluded.
Ms. Debora M. Balatseng, Minister-Plenipotentiary, South African High Commission in New Delhi, pointed out that the film festival would become a source of inspiration to young and emerging film-makers from the BRICS countries, and a real demonstration of the worth of partnership. “United in our diversity, we are able to contribute substantially to the growth and wider exposure of our young and sometimes under-represented film-makers, particularly in documentaries in the mainstream”, she said.
Making his observation, Mr. Sergey V. Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, said that there is no wonder that India, the inheritor of a rich and varied heritage of art, is hosting this festival testifying to its belief in the universal notion of “Unity in Diversity”. “The festival gives us a rare opportunity to know and understand each other better as the films we will see in the course of the festival reflect the feelings, interests and public mood, common to our young people” he noted. He also emphasised that such cultural exchanges would help discover the inner source of each other’s cultural history, ethics and behavioural patterns.
Making his momentous remarks, Mr. Thiago Poggio Padua, First Secretary, Press and Cultural Sections, Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi, underscored the importance of joint partnership in such a film festival in the context of the increasing cooperation in the BRICS format. Thanking the RCSC for the initiative taken in this regard, he called for more and more joint projects aimed at strengthening mutual friendship and understanding.
Sharing his impressions, Mr. Zeng Yan, Cultural Officer, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, New Delhi, said that with BRICS Summit around the corner, the film festival is a good warm-up to enhance the understanding among the peoples of BRICS countries. He expressed the hope that the festival will successfully achieve its goal and contribute to the global understanding in the globalized world.
Mr. Vimal Mehta, Hon. Secretary, Citizens’ Film Forum, proposing a vote of thanks, acknowledged the cooperation and support of the RCSC and the Embassies of Russia, China, Brazil and South Africa, without which the festival would not have been materialised.
The films being screened at the festival consist of documentaries, fiction and animated films, made from 2009 to 2012 by the directors under the age-group of 30 years.
The Jury members will comprise representatives of the Embassies of Russia, Brazil, China, South Africa, as well as representative of the Indian film industry.
The Committee of Representatives of the RCSC, New Delhi, as well as independent experts from the Federation of Film Societies of India has selected 29 films to be screened, four of which are Russian.