ShortsTV in its 5th year of the Best of India Short film festival got close to 2000 entries. Out of these, only the top 3 shortlisted films will get a theatrical screening in LA and will be eligible for Oscar Qualification. The Best of India Short Film Festival was established by ShortsTV to honor and recognize the exceptional work of Indian filmmakers. The festival aims to give Indian filmmakers a platform to showcase their work on a global stage and compete at the prestigious Oscars. Viewers can now watch the top 5 short films of the Best of India Short Film Festival on both linear and OTT platforms of ShortsTV from 3rd October. So pop that popcorn, grab your remote, and tell your roommate that there’s no need to fight over what to watch, because we’ve got the answer.
The top 5 short films of the Best of India Short Film Festival are:
Duration: 26 mins
Cast: Helly Shah / Barkha Bisht Sengupta
Director: Arunjit Borah
Synopsis: Erem is a free spirited college student who dreams of winning a dance competition, taking the medical exam and building her career; but her closest kin, including her grandmother Shagufta and father Ali are adamant to marry her off to a London based banker. Zebah is a story of humanity, torment, religious beliefs and above all Sacrifice.
Duration: 32 mins
Cast: Sanjay Mishra
Director: Nemil Shah
Synopsis: Based in a small village in Kutch, India; 10-year-old Mukti wishes to swim in the newly filled lake, after a drought spanning for years. A seemingly simple wish turns to an unexpected discovery about himself, which causes him to question himself, the stigma around it, and his wish to swim in the lake
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Duration: 19 mins
Cast: Kapil Dev/ Rahul Sahu
Director: Vaishali Naik
Synopsis: A black comedy based on the hardships faced by daily wage earners during peak covid times
Duration: 7 mins
Cast: Vikram Kochhar
Director: Rohann Malik, Hardik Bansal
Synopsis: Story of a divorced man, who meets his ex-wife after a long time. Both of them suddenly meet, and go to cafe nearby. While having a sip of tea, they both discuss their happy, sad and personal moments in life. After reaching out to a conclusion, the man finally realises, he should apologise for all the misunderstandings. Will they both come together again or they are way apart now?
Duration: 18 mins
Cast: Rajesh Sharma
Director: Jiya Bhardwaj
Synopsis: Almariyaan is a journey of a middle – class Indian couple who work on learning and accepting their son’s sexuality and help make a comfortable ground for him to come out of “the closet”, but when the actual truth comes out, they can’t come to terms with it. A perfect satire to bring out the importance and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community in India in the current times, the film is a fun ride that leaves you with thinking about much more than it projects
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