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Bengaluru short film festival gets Oscar accreditation

BANGALORE: Bangalore International Short Film Festival (BISFF) has been approved as an Oscar Academy Qualifying Festival in the short film section.

"Short films that receive the Best Film in International Competition Selection and Best Film in Indian Competition Selection awards at BISFF may now be eligible to enter the Short Films competition at the OSCAR's, provided that the films meet all the requirements set forth in our official rules for that season of OSCAR academy", said says Anand Varadaraj, the founder and artistic director of BISFF.

"Oscars don't take individual entries for short films, as there would be way too many entries to filter through. Instead they select festivals around the world that focus on short films to confer an accreditation to," Varadaraj was quoted by Deccan Herald as saying.

They were recommended to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the Carter Pilcher, the chief executive of Shorts International, a leading short film entertainment company. He is also a member of the Short Film and Feature Animation Branch of The Academy.

BISFF is the first short film festival in the country to receive this honour. Prakash Belawadi, theatre artiste and mentor to the festival, that the selection allows winning films from the Indian and International competition section automatically eligibility for consideration in the Live-Action Short Film Category of the Academy Awards, without standard theatrical run.

Anand says this would increase the quality of entries they receive. The submissions for BISFF 2020 are now open and they are accepting entries of fiction films under 30 minutes, made during made during the period of January 2019 to January 2020.

BISFF 2020 intends to add a minimum of two categories to the existing program. The first being one specially curated by Ricky Kej, a special adviser to the festival, for UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the second, a category dedicated to the Diversity & Inclusion mandate, which the Festival Committee has given itself, inspired by the Inclusion Summit (with inputs from Deccan Herald).

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