Vishnu Manchu Short Films Annual Contest has received an overwhelming response with 102 aspiring short filmmakers clearing the preliminary test of the inaugural edition of this unique contest.
Vishnu Manchu's production house 24 Frames Factory, which is holding this contest, has made an official announcement about it. "About 102 contestants have cleared the preliminary round for inaugural edition of 'Vishnu Manchu Short Films Annual Contest'," reads the official statement.
Today, the organisers are releasing the list of participants to face next round. "The short films submitted by these contestants will now be watched and evaluated by the jury. Thereafter, the first list of candidates who will move to the next level will be revealed on 12 February. The theme for 1st level will also be revealed on the same day," said the organisers in their official statement.
Vishnu Manchu is thrilled over the huge response for the contest. "This initiative by 24 Frames Factory is a baby step to spot talents that is in waiting to breakout in the world of cinema. The response we garnered has boosted our belief that this idea has an appeal and opens a window of opportunity to newer filmmakers," said the actor-turned-producer.
Production house 24 Frames Factory has already released all the short-listed short films on its official YouTube channel. Viewers can take a look as well as comment on it. "The viewers can watch these short-films and rate them through liking them. Their input and remarks about the short-film will also be taken into consideration while the jury judges these short-films," reads the official statement.
Vishnu Manchu Short film Contest is an attempt to bring out fresh ideas. The winner will get prize money of ₹1 lakh and an opportunity to direct a movie of 24 Frames Factory. The idea is not to look out for mere technical aspects but the person's art of storytelling, says Vishnu.
The team of juries consists ace filmmakers such as Ram Gopal Varma, Deva Katta, Kona Venkat, Gopi Mohan, BVS Ravi and Dasarath. The short film contest will be an annual affair this year onwards. The winners of the will be announced every year on Dr Mohan Babu's birthday, 19 March.