Mumbai: Lockdown Film Festival is now going places with The National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) acquiring the rights to screen the shortlisted films of Lockdown Film Festival on their website.
The move will give budding filmmakers significant exposure – since a wider cross-section of discerning viewers will get to see their creative expressions in a nationally reputed and much-coveted platform.
Carrot Films started Lockdown Film Festival as an opportunity to provide a creative vent to the budding filmmakers during these trying times. For this stay-at-home filmmaking competition during the COVID-19 lockdown, entries were invited from aspiring filmmakers across the nation. They were asked to make and submit a 3 min. short film, based on the theme ‘PERSPECTIVE’.
Making films while staying indoors might seem like a tough challenge – but so is work from home – which requires a revised approach towards work, and a sense of heightened responsibility. And that is exactly why Carrot Films thought of this festival!
The response that Carrot Films got was truly inspiring as they received over a thousand registrations within the stipulated one week’s span. Carrot Films brought together a panel of select jury members that included Sharmila Tagore, Prahlad Kakar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Adil Hussain, Hiten Tejwani, Iqbal Niyazi, Gautam Rode, Ken Ghosh, Nivedita Basu, Modhura Palit, and Ida Ali. The panel was chaired by seasoned filmmaker, Aparna Sen. Certificates were given to all the participants which was signed by their esteemed Jury Panel.
Aahana Resorts, Jim Corbett, and Hats Off Productions, Mumbai were sponsors for the competition. Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Information & Broadcasting also extended his support to this film fest.
Carrot Films had collaborated with renowned names like R. Balki, Raza Murad, Mahima Chaudhry, Usha Uthup, Sachin Pilgaonkar, JD Majethia, Kubbra Sait, Sawan Dutta, Sonali Kulkarni, RJ Archana, Piyush Pandey, Indraneil Sengupta, Sona Mohapatra, Anubhav Singh Bassi, RJ Khurrafati Nitin, Sushma Seth, Parambrata and several other eminent personalities for encouraging their participants through positive messages.
This not-for-profit initiative was their attempt to sustain integrity and hope in these uncertain times through art – and hence the reason why the registration was free of cost.
Led by talented film-maker & activist Ishani K. Dutta, Carrot Films is an enthusiastic team of storytellers, specializing in the production of socially relevant and thematically strong films with more than 17 years of experience.