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Speakers

Filmmaker
Filmmaker & Cinematographer
2D Animation Director & Animation Supervisor, Spirit of the Forest
Film Director

Date & Time

Sat, 9 Dec 2023 Sun, 10 Dec 2023

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Join us on December 9 & 10 as we celebrate independent storytelling and all things Bangalore in the inaugral edition of the B·LORE Short Film Festival.

B·LORE by BIC, and by extension the B·LORE Short Film Festival brings to you unique, original short films about Namma Bengaluru by amateur, emerging and established filmmakers. Each of the 25 new short films, which have been inducted into our growing archive, presents new voices and fresh perspectives about the city. Our program this year also includes presentations by diverse filmmakers working in different languages and forms of filmmaking.

Films from round two of B·LORE will be screened at BIC as part of the inaugural B·LORE Short Film Festival. These films were selected for B·LORE, an Open Call and Grant by BIC, and were evaluated by a three member jury including Arundhathi Ghosh, Kiran Keswani and Ramjee Chandran. Each film is about 5 minutes in duration.

B·LORE Short Film Festival | Schedule | Dec 9-10, 2023

DAY 1: December 9, Saturday

2 pm to 5 pm
Festival Opening

Workin’ the City | Film Screenings | Films showcasing stories about diverse occupations unique to city life and Bangalore in particular.

CITY IMAGES: THE INTIMATE AND THE ICONIC | Masterclass by Avijit Mukul Kishore
This masterclass will look at the small events, details and personal narratives that go on to make visual tales about cities and cultures. Embedded in this narrative will be concerns of aesthetics, technology and film history.

Break (15 minutes)

Workin’ the City | Film Screenings |Films showcasing stories about diverse occupations unique to city life and Bangalore in particular.

Workin’ the City | Grantees Talk | A conversation with the filmmakers/grantees featured in Workin’ the City.

Break (20 minutes)

5 pm to 5:45 pm
Mobility and the City | Film Screenings | Humorous, insightful, and romanticised stories about finding your way through the city.

Mobility and the City | Grantees Talk | A conversation with the filmmakers/grantees featured in Mobility and the City.

5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Environment In Focus | Film Screenings | Films addressing the city’s environmental concerns through the perspective of health, sanitation, public development, animals and wildlife.

Bringing the Forest Alive | Presentation by Isha Mangalmurti
While exploring the flora of the Western Ghats for National Geographic Society back in 2018, botanical artist Nirupa Rao became enamoured by a patch of wild nutmeg or ‘Myristica’ Swamps. After years spent documenting the region’s native species through painting, she had developed methods to visually capture its densely forested terrain. Along with co-director Nandini Rao, she wanted to apply these techniques to the medium of film. This is where Isha comes in—as a key animator and supervisor for the short animation Spirit of the Forest. The team at Ghost Animation worked hand-in-hand with Nirupa’s art, research and writing teams to bring this story to life.

Through this presentation, Isha will touch upon their style explorations, animation pipeline, and how they achieved the right balance between design, artistic vision and scientific accuracy. Isha will also briefly touch upon the film’s current itinerary as it travels to various festivals around the world, and to schools in India.

Break (10 minutes)

Environment In Focus | Film Screenings | Films addressing the city’s environmental concerns through the perspective of health, sanitation, public development and animals and wildlife.

Environment In Focus | Grantees Talk | A conversation with the filmmakers/grantees featured in Environment In Focus.

DAY 2: December 10, Sunday

2 pm to 4 pm
The Urban City | Film Screenings | Stories showcasing unique aspects of urban city life, its inhabitants, and the aspirations associated with the big city, specific to Namma Bengaluru.

B·LORE Jury Panel Discussion
The B·LORE jury shares their thoughts on the films and the experience of curating a series of films that tell original unique stories encapsulating the spirit and essence of Bangalore.

The Urban City | Film Screenings | Stories showcasing unique aspects of urban city life, its inhabitants, and the aspirations associated with the big city, specific to Namma Bengaluru.

The Urban City | Grantees Talk | A conversation with the filmmakers/grantees featured in The Urban City.

Break (20 minutes)

4 pm to 6 pm
Showcasing History | Film Screenings | Films that remind us of the city of the past; its events, its spaces, its identity and its inception.

Life’s Verse: Making Everyday Poetry Visible in Film | Presentation by Sandhya Kumar
Sandhya Kumar has been making films since 2007. Rooted in non-fiction, her works include documentary films, essay films, dance films and experimental shorts. She says she makes films ‘to make visible the poetry of everyday life’. In this session, she will share her 15+ year filmmaking journey of finding creativity, form and voice.

Showcasing History | Film Screenings | Films that remind us of the city of the past; its events, its spaces, its identity and its inception.

Showcasing History | Grantees Talk | A conversation with the filmmakers/grantees featured in Showcasing History.

Break (20 minutes)

6 to 7:30 pm
Kannada Shorts | Film Screenings | A selection of original Kannada short films documenting various aspects of the city of Bangalore.

Thinking Short | Presentation by K.M. Chaitanya 
K.M. Chaitanya will be speaking about his experience in the short film format, from when he made a series of 30 second videos. Being from cinema, he had to unlearn many things from the long film format and adapt new ways to conceive, shoot, edit and work with actors in a short format. He will also cover the experiments being done in Kannada short films.

Kannada Shorts | Film Screenings | A selection of original Kannada short films documenting various aspects of the city of Bangalore.

Kannada Shorts | Grantees Talk | A conversation with the filmmakers/grantees featured in Kannada Shorts.

Festival Closing

Films by cluster:

Mobility and the City
Namma Traffic Tales by Shivani Sankar
Echoes of Namma Metro by Vikas Badiger
Tale of Two Wheels by Namrata Narendra, Jayavartheni Krishnakumar and Suraj Devaraj
Reviving Legends by Sharan GC

Environment In Focus
Bad Helmet by Sayantan Acharya
Good Morning Bengaluru! by Ridah Zaman
A More-Than-Human Mosaic by Jayasri Sridhar
Cubbon Park Chronicles by Suresh Jayaram
Bird’lore by Work in Progress: Anjali Melinda Varghese, Nanditha Gogate, Nidhi Bhandari and Riya Eswara

The Urban City
The Park Whisperers by Shruti Sah and Harsh Snehanshu
Windows of Light by Sai Ram Ved Vijapurapu
Bangalore 560046 by Shruti Parthasarathy
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar – Urban Folk Art Icon by Siddharth Achaya
Immigrants by Pooja Hegde
ಇಮಾನ / imaana by Naveen Tejaswi

Showcasing History
Namma Bengaluru by Sindhura
Bilal Bagh by Sandhya Kumar
Letter by Letter by Pooja Saxena
The Willow Doctor by Venu Gopal

Kannada Shorts
Instant Stories by Mayur Bhandari
The Dawn of News – Bangalore’s Paperboys by Mamatha G
Namma Bengaluru by Sindhura
Maṇṇina Makkaḷu | ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಮಕ್ಕಳು by Riddha Zaman
Echoes of Namma Metro by Vikas Badiger
ಇಮಾನ / imaana by Naveen Tejaswi
The Willow Doctor by Venu Gopal

Speakers

Sandhya Kumar

Filmmaker

Sandhya Kumar is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Bangalore. She holds an MFA in Film from San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. Her work has been shown in international art and film platforms and she has received film grants from India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and been an ATSA fellow at ARThink South Asia. Sandhya is also a trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, a filmmakers’ collective committed to widening the documentary audience.

Avijit Mukul Kishore

Filmmaker & Cinematographer

Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker, cinematographer and educator. He studied cinematography at FTII, Pune, and holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He works in documentary and inter-disciplinary moving-image practices and is involved in cinema pedagogy as a lecturer and curator of film programmes. His films as director include Nostalgia for the FutureSqueeze Lime in Your EyeVertical CityCertified Universal and Snapshots from a Family Album. His films as cinematographer include Lovely VillaPalace of HorrorsKumar TalkiesKali Salwaar, John and JaneSeven Islands and a MetroBidesia in BambaiI am Micro and An Old Dog’s Diary. 

Isha Mangalmurti

2D Animation Director & Animation Supervisor, Spirit of the Forest

Isha Mangalmurti is a 2D animation filmmaker based in India. Predominantly working on commercial projects, she has been directing and creating works such as short films, title sequences for feature films/web series, music videos, commissioned films and PSAs.

Entering a nascent industry right after graduation in 2018 pushed her towards a more entrepreneurial direction. Alongside 5 other animation filmmakers, Isha ran a studio called ‘Ghost Animation’ till 2021.

Since then, she has been working independently as a director and storyboard artist. Isha’s projects have ranged from the short film “Spirit of the Forest”, to “LA Philharmonic’s Carnival of the Animals” to the title sequence of Bollywood feature film “Vikram Vedha”. Alongside this, she has also been developing IP for animated short films and series. Isha strives to keep her work authentic and exploratory, with an aim to transport the audience to different worlds. Her ultimate aim is to bring quality Indian animation to global audiences.

K. M. Chaitanya

Film Director

K. M. Chaitanya is a film director, documentary maker and theater person. His first feature film ‘Aa Dinagalu’ in Kannada, won several awards including the Filmfare Awards South for Best Director and Best Feature Film in 2007.