Renowned Director and Producer, Kannada Film Industry, Shri B. Suresha, inaugurated Cinerama ’19, the National-level Short Film Festival, organized by Department of Visual Communication on April 24, 2019, at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru Campus.  

In his inaugural address, B. Suresha traced the growth of the Kannada cinema industry and recalled and compared the movies of his early days in the industry.  He spoke at length on the importance of having clarity of thought about the story one is trying to convey, and the importance of knowing one’s target audience as a filmmaker. B. Suresha also suggested that Cinema is a large ocean and the filmmakers need to acquire the skills to swim in it. Citing a number of examples, Mr. Suresha spoke of how even a small budget film can make crores in the box office.

“Keep dreaming, keep watching good movies” was his advice to young aspiring movie makers. A 90-minute-long interactive session which followed, where he shared details about the nuances of film making, was very informative and rewarding for the students. Mr. Suresha also inaugurated “PixelKraft” exhibition of Graphic and Portfolio works of the final year students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Aindrita Ray, cine actor, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, gave away the awards to the winners of Cinerama ’19. “Short films serve as a platform to get a pre-experience of feature film making. I’m sure the industry will be blessed with many more good film-makers,” she said, during the valedictory address. 

Cash prizes for best three short films, title-awards for best direction, best screenplay, best editing and best music were distributed. Besides the general category awards, prizes and specific titles for students of Amrita were distributed. The Jury members Mr. Ravi Shankar S., filmmaker & music director and Dr. B. Shreekantachar, Producer I, EMMRC, University of Mysore were felicitated on the occasion.

“It was wonderfully coordinated and executed. Everything was well arranged. The screening display and the sound system was extremely satisfying. I had experienced one of the best screening there. Hospitality was also nice, each one of the contestants was treated nicely. Judgment was also extremely satisfying and kudos to the idea behind recognizing talents among the campus itself and appreciating them. I loved the crowd response. They are the best so far without any doubt. The food was also good. We had a wonderful time there and we're so proud that we won the awards from that prestigious college. I was totally satisfied. Thanks again for the appreciation and support given by the management and students. Thank you” said Nikhil Sankar from Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology, Trivandrum, one of the participants of Cinerama.

Further to the press meet at Partarakatra Bhavana on April 20, 2019, it was fortunate to have several media coverage, both pre and post-event. Times of India, The New Indian Express, Star of Mysore, Prajavani, Vijaya Karnataka, Vijayvani, Kannada Prabha, Anadolana, City Today-English and Kannada, newskarnataka.com, Mysore Mitra, Udayavani, Hosadigantha, Prajanudi and many more covered the event at great length.

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