OPEN FRAME 2016 organised by PSBT at India International Centre New Delhi
Open Frame 2016, the ﬁlm Festival organised by PSBT about short and documentary ﬁlms, was about reﬂections and ruminations. It was about acknowledging diverse, complex and multiple histories and confronting critical questions about PSBT times. Memory, nostalgia, history, image making, storytelling and hope were recurrent themes which provided varied contexts for engaging with the idea of India in its many embodiments. The ﬁlms and conversations highlighted the perils of single stories and narratives and the need to reclaim and embrace vibrant diversities. Located among the stories of conﬂict, were also stories of courage, passion, syncretism, human effort, change and transformation that point to directions for our collective and shared futures.
There were a total of 35 ﬁlms on a variety 0f subjects, which include human rights, discrimination, livelihood, pioneering feminist literature, resistance art and music from Kashmir, the rights of those living with disabilities, the story of tea production and consumption, narratives of migration, wild life conservation and earth stories, the scars of partition, lives of queer women, the relationship between Dalai Lama and India and the philosophy of compassion, secular ethics and democracy, and people’s struggles, among others.
Through PSBT Refocus section – a retrospective of some older ﬁlms –continued to discuss and had dialogues on themes that remain relevant across time.
There were Documentary Film Appreciation and Making Workshops by eminent ﬁlmmakers and trainers like, Anupama Srinivasan, Samina Mishra and Ranjan Palit.
A special lecture series organised this year was “The Stories we Tell” – in which celebrated and leading ﬁlmmakers shared their journeys and experiences in ﬁlmmaking, reﬂecting on their relationship with their craft and how ﬁlmmaking allows them to explore the world. Each of the ﬁve ﬁlmmakers who conducted these sessions had a unique style of ﬁlmmaking. Their ﬁlms have had a tremendous impact not only on the documentary ﬁlm movement and its evolution, but also on the discourse around the themes their ﬁlms have explored and engaged with. Through these lectures, a rich space was provided for sharing of knowledge and ideas and catalyse conversations around cinema, its many manifestations and critical interventions. Speakers included Amar Kanwar, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Rita Banerji, Malati Rao and Aditi Chitre.
The ﬁlm screenings were followed by interactions with all the presenting ﬁlmmakers and punctuated by lectures and conversations: Urvashi Butalia and Maya Krishna Rao; Ravish Kumar; Sohail Hashmi; Amar Kanwar and Vani Subramanian; Shohini Ghosh and Avijit Mukul Kishore, among others.
Public Sector Broadcasting Trust has mentored and supported more than 630 ﬁlms. More than 1450 Film Festival selections have been done by juries around the world, i.e more than 2 selections for every ﬁlm produced. PSBT has won more than 255 Awards, out of which 45 Awards are National Awards. The Trust has supported more than 440 independent ﬁlmmakers with no production companies or middlepersons.
It is heartening to note that First timers and starting out ﬁlmmakers have made two thirds of the ﬁlms and approximately 50% of the ﬁlms have made by women ﬁlmmakers.
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I have participated in couple of Open frame 2016 screenings. I liked “Empire of Threads’ produced my eminent National award winning ﬁlmmaker Anwar Jamal . This ﬁlm is an eye opener about the excellent skill of embroidery work available in a small place called Maler kotla in Punjab. I think a lot of research work had to be done before making this masterpiece. OPEN FRAME 2016 was a great successful ﬁlm festival. I wish PSBT a greater success in future.