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Viacom18 Motion Pictures brings 2nd season of ‘Cine Shorts’ to find fresh talent

MUMBAI: Viacom18 Motion Pictures has launched the second season of its initiative ‘Cine Shorts’ to find fresh talent for the industry.

‘Cine Shorts 2’ will provide budding filmmakers with a platform to showcase their talent through a five-minute short film. Curated by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, ‘Cine Shorts’ season 2 goes live today.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare said, “This is an initiative that we at VMP are very proud of. Our studio has been known to work with fresh talent and this endeavour allows us to add to the talent pool of the Indian film industry.”

After last season’s theme of ‘Fighting the Odds’, the studio will now challenge the participants to make a short film on the concept of ‘Falling in Love’ but with a twist.

Multiplex chain Inox has tied up with the initiative for the second year in a row.

Inox Leisure Ltd CEO Alok Tandon said, “We at Inox are happy to be associated with Cine Shorts for the second year in a row. In a country that is passionately excited about the movies, this festival is an ideal platform for budding filmmakers to display their talent and be recognised. It also gives these filmmakers a stage to unleash their potential and creativity and showcase their filmmaking flair to the world. I am sure this year too ‘Cine Shorts’ will be as successful as last year.”

Industry personalities like director-producer David Dhawan, director Sriram Raghavan, Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare, and cinematographer Ayananka Bose will form the jury to evaluate the entries.

Director Sriram Raghavan added, “We have a platform for singers on television and we have several dance reality shows, ‘Cine Shorts’ is a platform for filmmakers. This is a stage for youngsters to showcase their talent which may or may not have seen the light of day otherwise and I am glad to be a part of such an initiative.”

David Dhawan stated, “Comedy, especially romantic comedy (rom-com), is a tough genre to work on and I am looking forward to some exceptional short films that will not only strike a chord but also leave you in splits of laughter.”