Dear Diary wins the 75th Creative Minds Prize at IFFI

Team Purple was named the winner of the 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow Talentcampus, a segment of the International Film Festival of India, with their newly released Dear Diary on Saturday.

The event, in its second year, included participants aged between 18 and 35, representing different backgrounds in filmmaking and from across India.

One of their challenges was to produce a short film with five teams in just 53 hours and with a budget of no more than $1,000.

The winning film, Dear Diary, told the story of a woman forced to confront her past trauma when she meets with her sister, who wishes to visit the same place where her abuse previously took place.

Organized by the National Film Development Corporation in association with Shorts TV, the competition resulted in the creation of five short films, all of which will air on Shorts TV on Sundays from 9pm. The winning team also received a cash prize.

The films were judged by a three-person jury chaired by acclaimed filmmaker Mani Ratnam along with Shorts TV CEO and Founder Carter Pilcher and Armstrong Pame, Assistant Secretary (Films-I) at the Department of Information and Broadcasting.

Pilcher said teams interpreted the challenge of looking at India in 2047 differently. “One was about futuristic technology and how it disenfranchises relationships and how important relationships are. Another was about New India and a woman whose family wants her husband to wear a nose ring on her engagement. In the third film, all parents are single, and the child discovers that it could be possible to have either a mother or a father. Another film is about a world where paper money has disappeared.”

“The five short films produced by ‘Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ showcase their vision of India@100 and it is commendable that the best film ‘Dear Diary’ not only has a female lead but was also directed by a woman. This is a testament to India’s nari shakti (girl power) and how the country’s women are leading change across all sectors,” said Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur.

“It is important to note that 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow was conceived as a platform for young people with creative inclinations to find a medium to express their skills, talent and artistry – storytelling, acting, directing, producing, cinematography, Art design, animation and more – to encourage and empower youth through access to the film business at Film Bazaar, masterclasses from renowned industry experts and unparalleled networking opportunities at 53 India.”

Thakur said the number of participants would increase by one in future editions, which would correspond to the number of years since India gained independence.

The other four films were: Team Orange’s “Antardrishti” (The Insight), Team Yellow’s “The Ring”, Team Green’s “Almost” and Team Pink’s “Sau Ka Note” (100 Rupee Note). Dear Diary wins the 75th Creative Minds Prize at IFFI

Charles Jones

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