8 Campus Films from 4 Countries Win Awards at the First International Campus Film Festival


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First ever international campus film festival organised in New Delhi- ‘U-Special International Campus Film Festival’, concluded on Friday with the announcement of the winners. 3 international student entries and 5 Indian entries have won the awards in the first edition of the festival. The festival was organised by a New Delhi based not-for-profit CMSR Foundation, from March 14-18, 2016 at several campuses spread over Delhi-NCR. The 5-day film festival festival showcased 32 documentaries, short films and music videos from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Sweden Pakistan, UK, France and US. The festival concluded on March 18th 2016 with the announcement of winners.

Campus Films from 8 countries

The festival had received more than 100 entries in its first edition in four different categories, which includes 89 Indian films and 14 films from international Universities.  Entries from several prominent International Universities were received including, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Bangladesh Film and Television Institute, National College of Arts (NCA Lahore), Pakistan, Edinburgh Napier University, UK, Aix Marseille University, France and New York University, New York.

Winners (International):

  • A music video made by the students of National College of Arts, Lahore- ‘Mehrunisa has fallen in Love’ has won the best music video award in the festival. From the album ‘Ismail ka Urdu Sheher,’ this has been inspired from the novel of the same name, and written by Zohaib Kazi. This song is an adaptation of chapter ‘Mehr-un-Nisa has fallen in love.
  • Another entry, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden – ‘Heart Sisters’, directed by Kajsa Olsson and Anton Klepke has won the Best Documentary Award. The film maps the patriarchal oppression, as well as gives the international feminist movement an opportunity to learn about different thoughts and experiences.
  • The award for Best Short Film has gone to ‘Native Immigration’ directed by Eric Romero of Napier University, Edinburgh. The film is about a new phenomenon named by the experts as ‘Native Immigration’ and shows characters like Manuel, Olamilekan and Chen Lee, whose life took a 180 degree turn when they discovered that… they are immigrants.

Winners (National):

  • A Beast called Beauty | Aakanksha Chitkara | 00:12:00 | Documentary I FTII, Pune

The journey of a girl (Director of documentary) fighting her body image issues while making a documentary on the same. This Documentary deals with the sensitive and fast growing body image disorders in India.

  • A Bohemian Musician | Rochak Sahu | 00:13:17 | Documentary I FTII, Pune

Keshav Lal has worked with legendary composers such as Laxmikant Pyarelal and makers like V. Shantaram. Fate bought him to streets of Pune where he lived with his wife and together they play music to sustain their livelihood.

  • One Day to Next | Sparsh Agrawal & Shreyash Bankar | 05:25 I Animation | Reliance Aims, Pune

With our constantly evolving needs and developing society, we are indirectly affecting the ecosystem around us. “One Day to Next “is a fictional story which picturizes through time on how the act of humans affected the life of an entire colony. We witness the story through the life of a bird and his family.

  • Co-Exist | Deepti Murali, Kritika Agarwal, Nevin Thomas, Robin Zutshi and Shuaib Shafi | 00:03:00 | PSA | School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

It deals with the everyday exclusions faced by the queer community in the city and with the attitude of the public and the law and order personnel towards the non heteronormative members of the society in public spaces.

  • Re-Imaging Dharavi | Ananyaa Gaur, Eleanor Almeida, Kshitij Katiyar, Priyanka Pal and Vaseem Chaudhary | 00:28:31 | Short Film I School of Media and Cultural Studies, TISS

The film explores the various aspects and dimensions of ‘slum tourism’ through  interactions with the founding members of two tour companies that conduct ‘slum tours’ in  Dharavi, interspersed with the perspectives of residents and local tour guides.


According to Narender Yadav, Founder Director of the festival, “U-Special International Campus Film Festival is probably first international campus film fest in India of this scale. The festival is a creative platform for the next generation of filmmakers to tell their stories, inspire hope and provoke change through filmmaking. This fest is poised to become the largest congregation of young minds in India. Given the number of entries we have received from a large number of institutions across the globe, Campus Cinema is bound to become extremely popular in the years to come.”  

The online version of U Special International Film Festival will be shortly available on the upcoming platform for Indie cinema-Pickurflick.com.



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