Award-winning-short-film Rammat Gammat (My Best Friend Shoes)  to have its India Premiere at the prestigious 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star in International Competition in children’s film category, Half Ticket.Written and directed by Ajitpal Singh, the Gujarati-language-short is the ONLY INDIAN film among 12 international shorts competing in the children’s category, Half Ticket.

  

Rammat-Gammat is a moving tale of two young boys from different backgrounds who bond over soccer, until a new pair of shoes strains their friendship. It’s a simple story of complex characters, which will spark a discussion about merit vs money, poor vs privileged, class and caste divides and the role of friendship.The 18-minutes narrative short introduces two young newcomers from Gujarat, Shivam Math and Yash Patel, who are excellent football players and have represented their cities at state level and won awards. The film also features Swati Das (Hindi Medium, Bombay Talkies) in a significant role.

The film, Rammat-Gammat had its World Premiere in the prestigious 64th edition of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany in May 2018where it won ‘Special Mention’ in international children’s film competition and North American Premiere at the Oscar Qualifying, 24th Palm Springs Short Fest in international competition.

The short is selected in 20 international film festivals so far including 32nd Cinekid (Amsteradam), 36th Carrousel International Du Film De Rimouski (Canada), Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival (Finland), 5th Zero Plus International Film Festival (Siberia), El Gouna Film Festival, (Egypt), 9th Chicago South Asian Film Festival (USA) and DIFF (Dharamshala), Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Delhi and 36th International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!.

 Apart from the India Premiere in MAMI, the short film also known as My Best Friend’s Shoes in English is having its Dutch Premiere at 32nd Cinekid, Amsteradam), Canada Premiere at 36th Carrousel International Du Film De Rimouski, Russian Premiere at 5th Zero Plus International Film Festival (Siberia) in the month of October.

After Killa, I am Kalam and Dhanak, Rammat Gammat (My Best Friend Shoes) is the ONLY INDIAN film selected this year inCINEKID, Amsteradam, known as the largest children’s media festival in the world along with a market, attended by over 80,000 children, parents and the industry professionals. Cinekid had collaborated with NFDC Children’s Screenwriters’ Lab 2016.

Manish Mundra, says, “Rammat-Gammat is a sweet, moving tale of friendship which I hope will come as a breath of fresh air in these times of conflict. We are really happy that after travelling the world, it is coming home to MAMI.”

 Excited about the India Premiere at MAMI this year, the writer-director Ajitpal Singh says, “It’s a great honour to be the only Indian film selected in International Competition for shorts in Half Ticket in MAMI. The film grapples with complex issues of prejudices and caste and class divide, it really asks some intricate questions about what is good and bad? MAMI will be exposing the children to such multilayered narrative, and that makes me very happy.”

 The producer of the film, Mauli Singh adds, “As a film buff, journalist and a publicist I have watched, covered and promoted some of the best Indian and international films at Mumbai Film Festival in the last one decade. All this while I have been nurturing a secret dream of having my own film at MAMI. So it is a dream come true to have the India Premiere of my first short film as a producer, Rammat-Gammat in MAMI in the international competition in Half Ticket.” 

Festival and Awards won

  1. 64th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2018 (World Premiere, International Children’s and Youth Competition) Won “Special Mention”
  2. 24th Palm Springs Short Fest  (North American Premiere, International Competition) Rammat-Gammat was selected among the 10 short films for “Bridging the Borders Award.”
  3. 32nd CINEKID (Dutch Premiere, Official Selection)
  4. 37thOulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival (International Competition)
  5. 36th Carrousel International Du Film De Rimouski (International Competition)
  6. 23rd Stony Brook Film Festival (USA) (International Competition)
  7. 13th Busan Children’s Festival (South Korea Premiere, Official selection)
  8. 9th Chicago South Asian Film Festival (USA) (International Competition)
  9. 9th One Country One Film (France) (International Competition)
  10. 5th Zero Plus International Film Festival (Russian Premiere) (International Competition)
  11. 12thLone Star Film Festival (Texas US) (International Competition)
  12. El Gouna Film Festival, (Egypt Premiere) (International Competition)

13.Gujarati International Film Festival, New Jersey, Won Best Gujarati short film

  1. Athens International Children’s Film Festival (Greece Premiere, (International Competition))
  2. 20thJio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, International Competion, Half Ticket (India Premiere)
  3. Dharamshala International Film Festival (Official selection)
  4. Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Delhi (International Competition)
  5. 2ndInternational Kids Film Festival 2018 (International Competition)
  6. Cinema Crianza (Spain, International Competition))
  7. 36thInternational Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! (Poland, International Competition)

Ajitpal Singh: Writer-director of the film was an 8 years old boy when his father ran a cinema hall. After studying chemistry, learning theatre and photography, he chose filmmaking as his calling. He was selected for Sundance’s India Screenwriter’s Lab in 2012. He was the youngest member of Indian delegation at Munich Film Festival 2009, selected by Goethe Institute. He was also selected for 2007 Berlinale Talent Campus’ New Delhi edition. Ajitpal Singh has worked as an Associate Director For Gurgaon (2016) and dialogue writer for Once Again (2017). He has also worked as a researcher for 16 German documentary films in India. Currently he is writing two international co-production projects and working on his directorial debut.

I congratulate Maulisingh, the producer of the film, for her first time effort and the grand success of the film .I wish her great success in her future endeavors.

 

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