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Students shine at fest

There were 350 entries in the student film category at the 10 Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), of which 18 live action movies and nine animated movies were shortlisted for the finals. The International Student Film Competition was divided into two categories: Live Action and Animation. Whistling Woods International School in association with PIFF had organised the competition.

Commenting on his experience at PIFF, Naveen Padmanabhan from Film and Television Institute of India, said that he was glad to be a part of the festival. "I was a bit upset that the movies were screened on a DVD. I feel it was not properly handled. But, the overall experience of making the movie was good and we leaned a lot from it," he said.

Arjun Sorte, who is from WWI and the cinematographer of Rose Bed, said, "The director and other team members worked rigorously for a month and a half. For the actual shoot, we just took three days. Being students, our budget had a lot of constraints, so we had to do a lot of things on our own. But we learned a lot from it," said Sorte, adding that he had lot of expectations from the movie and hopes to win the competition.

There were no entry fees for the student competition. After an initial scrutiny by a panel of professional filmmakers, selected films were screened before the jury. Aditya Tawde from Thakur Toonskool, who had made an animation film, said, "It is a great feeling to get nominated for the finals. 

The overall experience while making the movie was good. Since we were pressed for time, we worked day and night to complete the movie and make it more attractive than others." Aditya said, he was happy that the audience liked the movie.  

Maria Charles from WWI, who was one of the coordinators at PIFF, said, "We deleted the entry fees, as we wanted to encourage individuals and students to send their entries. We wanted to increase awareness among people about the festival and we have succeeded. This is one of the few festivals that has free entry for students." 

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