Mumbai: Chitra Bharati National Short Film Festival strives to take cinema to a wider audience. A press conference was organized to mark the release of the poster of Chitrabharati National Short Film Festival - 2022, where renowned actor Sachin Khedekar said, "The art of cinema is incomplete without the audience and it is an effective medium for their knowledge. Therefore, one should not misuse the freedom of expression and try to bring good quality knowledge and information to the people so that they are oriented to watch quality content."
RSS Kshetra Prachar Pramukh Pramod Bapat and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. The prestigious Chitra Bharati National Short Film Festival - 2022 is to be organized in Bhopal from February 18-22, 2022 by Bhartiya Chitra Sadhna.
Elaborating his point, Khedekar said that I see cinema not only as an entertainment medium but as infotainment. In Marathi, a drama show is called a "prayog". It is really an experiment. In today's time any person can watch cinema at any time. That's why filmmakers need to be very careful what message they convey, he added.
I am proud to be a part of this festival and happy to know about the themes of this year. It is a big responsibility, Khedekar said.
Bapat said that India is a land of stories where everyone has a story to tell and hence this short film festival is really an attempt to tell the story of India. Renowned producer Yogesh Kulkarni explained the motive behind the formation of Indian Paintings and the success of the last three festivals. Akashaditya Lama, who is one of the trustees of Chitra Bharati, proposed the vote of thanks.
Bhartiya Chitra Sadhna is dedicated to Indian thought in the field of films. Bhartiya Chitra Sadhna organizes a National Short Film Festival every two years and a number of film related programs at the local level such as film appreciation, discussion and debate, training workshops etc.
The latest short film festival, which is to be held in Bhopal between February 18 and 20, is the fourth in the series. The festival strives to preserve India's traditions and diversities in audio-visual media. The theme of the festival this year includes "Indian Freedom Struggle" and "75 Years of Indian Independence" to commemorate the 75th year of Indian Independence. The other 10 themes for the festival are - Un-Lockdown, Vocal for Local, Khushal Village, Happy Nation, Indian Culture and Values, Innovative Positive Action, Environment and Energy, Family, Education and Skill Development. Entries are invited from Indian producers between 1st September to 30th November 2021.