Monday, February 28, 2022

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022 : Thank you all!

10th Chennai Film Festival 2022

We would like to thank the filmmakers, selection committee members, jury members, volunteers. co organisers, audience members and friends for the successful completion of 10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022.

We would like to also congratulate the winners of the competition for Indian short films and documentaries.

Shubradeep Chakravorthy Memorial Award for Best Indian Documentary goes to 'Bid for Bengal', directed by Dwaipayan Banerjee and Kasturi Basu.

Once Upon a Village, a documentary by Srishti Lakhera gets the Special Jury mention for Indian Documentaries.

Arunmozhi Memorial Award for Best Indian Short Fiction goest to 'Crescent' directed by Fazil Razak.

Around, a short fiction by Anandakrishnan KS gets the Special Jury Mention for Indian Short Fiction.

Chhaya, a short fiction by Utsav also gets the Special Jury Mention for Indian Short Fiction.

Congratulations and Best wishes.

Amudhan R.P.

Festival Director

10th CIDSFF 2022


Saturday, February 12, 2022

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022 : We welcome you!

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022

21-27 February; multiple venues, Chennai 

Screening Schedule


Jointly organised by

DOT School of Design

Post Graduate Department of Communication, Women’s Christian College

Post Graduate Department of Journalism and Communication, Ethiraj College

Roja Muthiah Research Library

Periyar Self Respect Media 

and 

MARUPAKKAM 



Sections :

Indian Documentaries : Competition & Non Competition

Indian Short fiction : Competition & Non Competition

International Documentaries : Non Competition 

International Short fiction : Non Competition 

Retrospective : Ramachandra PN

Single Take Student films : Curated by Nilita Vachani

Director's Cut : Curated by Amudhan R.P.



Screening Schedule*

21 Feb : 10 am to 4.30 pm DOT School of Design, Ambattur (open to all)

22 Feb :  11 am to 5 pm Women’s Christian College**

23 Feb : 10 am to 4 pm Ethiraj College**

24 Feb : 10 am to 5 pm Roja Muthiah Research Library (open to all)

25 -27 Feb : 11 am to 8 pm; Periyar Thidal (open to all)



*Subject to changes

** With prior registration only


We welcome you!


For registration :

Email : marupakkammadurai@gmail.com

WhatsApp : 9444025348






Wednesday, February 9, 2022

10th Chennai Film Festival 2022 : Screening Schedule*

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022

21-27 Feb, multiple venues, Chennai 


Tentative Schedule (*subject to changes)


21 Feb : 10 am to 4.30 pm DOT School of Design, Ambattur (open to all)

22 Feb :  11 am to 5 pm Women’s Christian College 

23 Feb : 10 am to 4 pm Ethiraj College

24 Feb : 10 am to 5 pm Roja Muthiah Library (open to all)

23, 25 -27 Feb : 11 am to 8 pm; Periyar Thidal (open to all)





21 Feb : 10 am to 4.30 pm DOT School of Design, Ambattur 


10 am : Inauguration

11 am 

Meraki (Dir :Nikhil S; 8.20 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Ruuposh (Dir : Mohd Fehmeed, Zeeshan Amir Khan; 32.25; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Kulup (Dir : Sadnyesh Ramdas Ghuge; 13.48 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Chhaya (Dir: Utsav; 15 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Around (Dir : Anadhakrishan K S; 15 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Differences (Dir : Anush Gopinath; 4.27 min; Short fiction; India; Director’s Cut)

State (Dir : Swanand Kottewar; 8.40 min; Short film; India; Director’s Cut)

A Father’s Gift (Dir : Jagannathan Ramakrishnan; 20 min; Short fiction; India; Director’s Cut)


2 pm

Inside (Dir : Jinesh; 14.04; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Closer (Dir : Gowree Sankar; 14.21 min; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

Crescent (Dir : Fazil Razak; 19.04 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Roka (Dir : Tej Thakkar; 19.05; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

Nokkuvidya - The story of a lone puppeteer (Dir : Reshmi Radhakrishnan; 37.08 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Forget Me Not (Dir : Lea Gygli; 13 min; Short fiction; Switzerland; Director’s Cut) 

Sweet Biriyani (Dir : Jayachandra Hasmi; 23.38 min; Short fiction; India; Non Competition) 

Single Take films by Students from Asian College of Journalism - Curated by Nilita Vachani 




22 Feb :  11 am to 5 pm Women’s Christian College 


11 am : Inauguration 

11.30 am

Dajla : cinema and oblivion (Dir : Arturo Duenas Herrero; 15 min; Documentary; Spain; Non competition)

Kathekegala Kanive - The Valley of Stories (Dir : Vikas Badiger; 30 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Written in the Corners (Dir : Suyash Kamat; 11 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Chhoti Si Baat (Dir : Kabir Shah; 10.47 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

A Firecracker Story (Dir : Zhizi Hao; 20 min; Short fiction; China; Non competition)


2 pm

All that is lost (Dir : Arijit Kundu; 15.17 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

What You’re Going Through (Dir : Binyamin Haneman; 20.53 min; Documentary; Israel; Non competition)

The Tipping Point (Dir : Manish Kumar; 15.39; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

The Case (Dir : Arun Varghese; 11.40 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Poster (Dir : Ripan Kumar Das; 9.44 min; Short fiction; Bangladesh; Non competition)

Storgetnya (Dir : Hovig Hagopian; 20 min; Short fiction; France; Non competition)

Aalo (Dir : Soham Kundu; 20 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Ladybird (Dir: Rahul Kumar Singh; 17.42 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Barrio Frontera (Dir: Reed Purvis; 18:00 mins; Short fiction; United States; Director’s Cut)



23 Feb : 10 am to 4 pm Ethiraj College


10 am : Inauguration 

10:30 am

Summertime, Summertime (Dir : Kevin Chen; 16.16 min; Short fiction; China; Non competition)

Baptism (Dir : Yu Zhang; 20 min; Short fiction; China; Non competition)

The Third Solar Term (Dir : Zhanfei Song; 20 min; Short fiction; China; Non competition)

A Conclusion (Dir : Sreemon Das; 8.25 min; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

City of Lanes (Dir : Modak KS, Ragini Rao Munjuluri; 39.47 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Meraki (Dir :Nikhil S; 8.20 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Ruuposh (Dir : Mohd Fehmeed, Zeeshan Amir Khan; 32.25; Documentary; India; Non competition)



2 pm

Unowned House (Dir : Kallol Mukherjee; 15 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Manoeuvre (Dir : Jaiveer Rajendra Sarsar; 16.12 min; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

Whose Dreams, Whose City (Dir : Abhishek Parija; 39.58 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Yesterday I was the Moon (Dir : Yihan Lin; 20 min; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

Padagu (Dir : Sahaya Riju; 28.34 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Inside (Dir : Jinesh; 14.04; Short fiction; India; Competition)

Closer (Dir : Gowree Sankar; 14.21 min; Short fiction; India; Non competition)

Crescent (Dir : Fazil Razak; 19.04 min; Short fiction; India; Competition)





23 Feb; 5.30 to 8.30 pm  Periyar Thidal


Moving Upstream : Ganga (Dir : Shridhar Sudhir; 105 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Backstage (Dir: Lipika Singh Darai; 85 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Perceptions from a Modern Witch Hunt : The Making of a She-Devil 

(Dir : Sourav Roychowdhury; 45.44 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)



24 Feb : 10 am to 7 pm Roja Muthiah Research Library


10 am : Inauguration 

10:30 pm

If We Told the Truth (Dir : Emanuela Giordana; Guilia Minoli; 59.30 min; Documentary; Italy; Non competition)

What’s your story? (Dir : OP Srivastava; 50.47 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

The Falling Fruit. The Frozen Time. And the Five Variations on Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti (Dir : Jay Kholia; 12.12 min; Short film; India; Director’s Cut)



2 pm

Genocide and Movements (Dir : Luis Carlos de Alencer, Hamilton Borges, Andreia Beatriz; 60.37 min; Documentary; Brazil; Non competition)

Beyond Blast (Dir : Ratan Saikhom; 52.10 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)

Chun Chun Maati / Living Lightly - Journeys with Pastoralists (Dir: Sanjay Barnela; 10.35 min; Short film; India; Director’s Cut) 



4:30 pm


The Last Man (Dir : Dakxinumar Bajrange; 60.17 min; Documentary; Canada; Non competition)

Kalashnikov Society (Dir : Christophe Karabache; 54 min; Documentary; Lebanon; Non competition)

Scape Goat (Dir : Tathagatha Ghosh; 25 min; Short fiction; India; Director’s Cut)






25 Feb : 10.30 am to 8.30 pm; Periyar Thidal


10.30 Inauguration 

11 am 

Ushiku (Dir : Thomas Ash; 87 min; Documentary; Japan; Non competition)

Padagu (Dir : Sahaya Riju; 28.34 min; Documentary; India; Non competition)


2 pm 

Longing (Dir : Bani Singh; 89.42 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Charaiveti (Dir : Bauddhayan Mukherji, Chandan Biswas; 71.56 min; Documentary; India;; Non competition)


5.15 pm 

Nasima (Dir : Heather Kissinger; 85.20 min; Documentary; USA / Bangladesh; Non competition)

Footloose - a story of belonging (Dir : Gulshan Singh; 93.38 min; Documentary; India; Competition)




26 Feb : 10.30 am to 8.30 pm; Periyar Thidal


3.30 pm

Land of Women (Dir : Marion Gaborit; 77.19 min; Documentary; France; Non competition)

Once upon a Village (Dir : Srishti Lakhera; 60.14 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Incomplete Sentence (Dir : Adar Bozbay; 58.05 min; Documentary; Turkey; Non competition)

Emergence : Out of the Shadows (Dir : Vinay Giridhar; 79.58 min; Documentary; Canada; Non competition)




27 Feb : 10.30 am to 8.30 pm; Periyar Thidal


10.30 am 


Moon on the Man (Dir : Prince Shah; 75 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Bid for Bengal (Dir : Dwaipayan Banerjee & Kasturi Basu; 70.30 min; Documentary; India; Competition)

Keemat Chutaki Zeendagi (Dir : Shriprakash; 86 min; Documentary; India; Competition)


2 pm 

Ramachandra PN Retrospective


Voices of Mini Tipet (10 min)

Makkala Panchayat (30 min)

Gudigeri Company (24 min)

Miyar House (76 min)

The Unbearable Being of Lightness (45 min)

An Autobiography of a Project Report (44 min)


5.30 pm 

Closing ceremony & prize distribution 


7 pm 

Screening of award winning films




Jointly organised by


DOT School of Design

Post Graduate Department of Communication, Women’s Christian College

Post Graduate Department of Journalism and Communication, Ethiraj College

Roja Muthiah Research Library

Periyar Self Respect Media 

and 

MARUPAKKAM 



Saturday, February 5, 2022

10th Chennai Film Festival 2022 : International Short Fiction - Non Competition

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022

21-27 Feb, multiple venues, Chennai 


International Short fiction : Non competition 


1) Yesterday I was the Moon 

Dir : Yihan Lin; 20 min; China



Dreaming about her dead son frequently before her grandson is about to work abroad, grandma and her grandson embark on a journey to find a psychic.


2) Poster

Dir : Ripan Kumar Das; 9.44 min; Bangladesh



Story of a struggling middle-class private tutor, who faces an identity crisis that reveals the social reality to his son.


3) Storgetnya

Dir : Hovig Hagopian; 20 min; France



March 2020, Yerevan, capital of Armenia. 230 meters underground, in the Avan salt mine, men and women walk to breathe easier. Physical activities and medical consultations set the rhythm of the timeless world of this underground clinic, where lives intersect and stories are told.


4) Summertime, Summertime

Dir : Kevin Chen; 16.16 min; China



In the summer of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Qin Huai, who will soon be 10 years old, accidentally learns that his good friend He Zhijie's father is seriously sick. He Zhijie’s family is poor and couldn’t afford the treatment fee. In order to help his friend, Qin Huai asks his parents for the money of selling their apartment as his birthday present. 


5) Baptism

Dir : Yu Zhang; 20 min; China



In an isolated island, the retired policeman Guodong finally finds Bingyuan, the murderer of his daughter. What he doesn't expect is that Bingyuan is now the priest of a church and the father of an orphan girl, Hong. Facing the priest's redemption, the police falls into struggle.


6) The Third Solar Term

Dir : Zhanfei Song; 20 min; China



During a short spring break after The Third Solar Term, Qizhe returns home to visit his mother. After meeting a man from the internet, he began to lose control of his double life. One that was living true to himself and the other, pretending to be the perfect son.


7) A Firecracker Story

Dir : Zhizi Hao; 20 min; China



An 8-year-old boy searching for fireworks on a Chinese New Year’s Eve, after the firework ban is introduced in this southern Chinese town.


Friday, February 4, 2022

10th Chennai Film Festival 2022 : Indian short fiction - non competition

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022

21-27 Feb, multiple venues, Chennai 


Indian Short fiction : Non competition 


1) Closer

Dir : Powre Sankar ; 14.21 min



A Mother-daughter relationship portrayed through the life of Dr.Lekshmi, who has a tough time managing her professional and personal life, especially as it becomes more challenging with the recent turn of events.


2) The Roka

Dir : Tej Thakkar; 19.05 min



What happens when a bride-to-be realizes that a ghost from her past has returned to be a part of her present?


3) A Conclusion

Dir : Sreemon Das; 8.25 min



In a dilemma where one is faced with a choice between the past and the future, the past often has to make way for the future, despite the pain it causes. 


4) Manoeuvre

Dir : Jiveer Rajendra Sarsar; 16.12 min



A young man tries to overcome his mediocre life, finds himself trapped in his own manoeuvre.


5) Ladybird

Dir : Rahul Kumar Singh; 17.42 min



This is the Story of a boy who wants a Ranger cycle but his mother instructs him to use his Sister's, lady cycle. This leads him to go through various insecurities.


6) Aalo / The Light

Dir : Soham Kundu; 20 min



BOY is assumed dead, leaving MOTHER and SISTER alone in the house to navigate through the grief of his unnatural disappearance/death. They slowly start descending into delirium. SISTER tries to emulate the behavioural traits of her dead brother (BOY) for eg, smoking like him where as MOTHER starts talking to herself or the LIGHT (becomes highly delusional).


7) The Tipping Point

Dir : Manish Kumar; 15.39 min




Nisha (25), is preparing for some competitive exams, It's her 3rd attempt. Her results are declared. She is anxious. Anyhow she gathers the courage to face it. she finds that she fails again. Rather than facing failure, she opts for suicide.





Thursday, February 3, 2022

10th Chennai Film Festival 2022 : Indian Short Fiction - Competition

10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022

21-27 Feb, multiple venues, Chennai 


Indian short fiction : Competition 


1) Crescent

Dir : Fazil Razak; 19.04 min




Anshiya, a young women lady who wants to continue her studies, is forced by her family and community to get married. With very little time in front of her, she needs to make a move immediately.


2) Chhoti Si Baat

Dir : Kabir Shah; 10.47 min



While everyone is caught up with the struggle to keep themselves safe from the lethal virus, a chance encounter between a boy and a girl brings out the true vulnerability of human beings.


3) Chhaya

Dir : Utsav; 15 min



It is a periodic film set in 1980 in India in which The story revolves around Rakesh, whose life takes a difficult turn of events after his second marriage. He is trapped between his second wife, his children and a well that was built on mortage.


4) Kulup

Dir : Sadnyesh Ramdas Ghuge; 13.48 min




The story of Kulup (The Lock) is based on a simple idea of how important closures are in life. You just can’t lock it in your past. Open it, accept it, share it, and you might just be able to live with it. 


5) Around

Dir : Anandakrishnan KS; 15 min



Pandemic times. Maya lives a fiercely independent, content life with her mother, earning a living from a job she loves. No one including her mother understands her obsession with the cranky, noisy fan in her room. For her, the noise opens up a doorway of sleep, to her past, her memory.


6) All that is Lost

Dir : Arijit Kundu; 15.17 min



For seven years , a nameless woman remembers her beloved in her daily chores. She mourns her loss in every way . Her life is nothing but a relic of the past . One day , she decides to start a new life from this vicious cycle of lamenting and melancholy .


7) The Case

Dir : Arun Varghese; 11.40 min



When Renu, a lawyer, questions another woman's decision to withdraw a court case, she comes to terms with her own dilemma that threatens to take her world apart.


8) The Unowned House

Dir : Kallol Mukherjee; 15 min



Gurmeet and her son Sukhvinder travel to her maternal house after years to sell it off for Gurmeet's cancer treatment. The house brings all her nostalgia back. The pain of the Sikh riots becomes fresh. 


9) Inside

Dir : Jinesh VS; 14.04 min





The movie is about A 25-year-old girl, Aaru explores the underlying thrusts, 

senses, and insinuations of her psyche during the lockdown period. 

She finds comfort in the presence of her friend. 




Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Postponement of 10th Chennai Film Festival 2022

Postponement of 10th Chennai Film Festival 2022

Dear friends!

Due do the announcement of local body elections in Tamilnadu, we are forced to postpone the 10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022 by a week.

New dates : 21 -27 February 
Days : 7

The schedule will be announced on 10th February. 

Inconvenience regretted

Amudhan R.P.
Festival Director
10th Chennai Film Festival 2022




10th Chennai International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2022 : Thank you all!

10th Chennai Film Festival 2022 We would like to thank the filmmakers, selection committee members, jury members, volunteers. co organisers,...