qisa Film Festival was successfully conducted on Sunday,16th september 2012. As many as 21 entries, including short films and documentaries, were screened at the festival attended by quite a number of film enthusiasts from the technopark. While it was a novel for many of the young film-makers, there were a few who had already forayed into the field long before they entered the world of IT.
The judging panel consisted of film critic M.F. Thomas, director Nooranadu Ramachandran, and writer Rosemary.They were impressed by the quality of some of the films.
“Some of them managed to work on genuine themes. The younger generation has chosen not to be pretentious while selecting themes,” in view of Ms. Rosemary.
“Though they are in a different profession, it is good to see them organising such festivals that help bring out their creative side,” few lines quoted by Mr. Thomas.
"Jalam" bagged the the award for the Best Film. A five-minute visual insight into the plight of Kuttanad, where people face severe water shortage crisis despite being surrounded by water, sums up Jalam . This short film is directed by Manu S. Kumar, an employee of UST Global. He said the three-month effort to portray the crisis in his own native place has been a learning experience and that he was hoping to do more projects.
Ettaaman , A Myth directed by Mahesh Periyadan of UST Global was judged to be the Second Best Film and it also received the award for the Best Script.
N.S. Kiran and A. Aabid from RMESI won the best director award for their film The Appointment .
Dipu Dasan of MOBATIA won the best actor award for his portrayal of a software engineer in the film Kanappuram .
Mizhikalkkappuram and Classical Monologue of A Director received a special jury mention.
The awards for the winners would be given away on September 20. Screening of the award-winning films and a ‘Sufi night’ by the group "Mehfil" are the other major highlights of the night.