If you enjoy watching indie films that throw light on social causes, then the Yes! I am the Change Festival is where you should beheaded. The initiative hosted by YES Foundation, the social development arm of YES Bank will be held at Nehru Centre from October 2-3 and will give upcoming filmmakers a chance to showcase their works in front of the public.
The winners will be carefully selected by eminent jury members such as Rajeev Masand, Pritish Nandy, Parul Soni among others. Speaking about the festival, Prerana Langa, CEO, Yes foundations says, “We had 54 workshops across 17 cities that took us from Tibetan schools in Dharamsala to big corporate houses in the cities. We invited them to make five-minute films focusing on not-for-profits and social causes.”
The contest, which started in August this year, had filmmakers submit short films which had to be completed in 101 hours from August 15 to 19, 2013. Langa adds, “We were delighted with the overwhelming participation. Over 2,100 filmmakers made short films. One common feature in all films was the enthusiasm, hope and desire to contribute.”
Though the selected 60 films will be screened over the two days, only 10 of them will be chosen as winners after a careful introspection by the jury members. Each of the filmmakers will be given a chance to make individual documentaries, the cost of which will be funded by Yes foundation. “The top 10 films will be shortlisted for final level of jury evaluation and will also form a repository of open resources that can be accessed by not-for-profits to build awareness and mobilise resources for their programmes. The films would also be screened across the country in colleges and YES Bank branches,” she concludes.