Can’t travel to Germany for their film screening
Filmmakers struggle throughout, they struggle to make a film as they have to bear the making cost, if there is no producer. Once their film is made then starts the struggle of sending it to the festivals and bearing other expenses that include the entry fees and travelling cost, if it is selected.
But things have changed since film making shifted to digital format. Two young filmmakers made their film in 5oo rupees. Additionally, they spent a few hundred more to send their film to film festivals in the US and Germany. The film festival in Hannover, Germany has selected their film titled An Obsolete Alter. The film was selected out of 2,982 films that were submitted from 54 countries. The festival is scheduled for November 21 to 24, 2013. This is good news for them but they are not happy. The festival organizers have asked them to be present at the festival for the screening of their film. Their film is the only selected entry from India. The organizers would bear the cost of accommodation but the filmmakers have to pay for their travel which is a cause of worry for them.
“None of us earn anything. Making a film merely with our pocket money was a possible task for us. But raising money for the travel to and fro is almost impossible unless we get any sponsorship,” said Mrigankasekhar Ganguly, one of the two directors and a student.
Hyash Tanmay who is the co-director is facing the same problem. Eastern Breeze International Film Festival, Canada has also selected their film.
The story is about a rape victim who gets sympathy from people but they turn a blind eye towards the victim when his identity is revealed. The victim is a homosexual who dressed as woman before the incident.
“We filmed it in five days, between July 23 and July 28, this year. Little more time was spent on editing, composing music and other post-production work. We could do it at such low cost because everyone involved in the film participated voluntarily,” Tanmay said.