Director Sujoy Ghosh believes that though the short films format has been there in the industry for long, no effort has been made to commercialise it and make it mainstream. With this intent, the ace director has partnered with Sriram Raghavan and film critics Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand to present the Critics Choice Short Film Awards (CCSFA) that seeks to recognise the talent behind short films.
“Short films are not mainstream because we are still to work out how to commercialise them, but nevertheless they are great learning platform for people who want to get into filmmaking,” Ghosh said. “It’s a great challenge to make a film in this format. It’s a new format where you have to learn everything from scratch, be it the scripting, the acting, the cinematography. All faculties of filmmaking, you have to revisit because your presentation window is different, because it’s not being made for the big screen but the small screen,” he added.
Ghosh, who has worked in the format and made shorts like “Ahalya” and “Anukul”, believes one should not make a short film just for the sake of it as the medium does not enjoy the kind of budget and publicity which a proper feature gets. “What you’re making, behind it has to be a very clever product. There’s a lot behind a picture. There’s budget, there are stars, publicity, a lot of moving around things.
A feature movie has a lot of clutch whereas a short film doesn’t have any clutch, apart from the content and whatever cleverness it brings to the table, which means a short film has to be spoken about. Only if we talk about it, only then it’s going to live on since we don’t have any hoardings or publicity material. So without any money to make something into a commercial product is the challenge. It’s a huge challenge and more than anything it’s a great learning experience.”