Organizing a Film Festival single handedly is not a Child's play - Varun Mehta
Award Winning Short Filmmaker and Animation enthusiast Varun Mehta recently scored with his short film at an International Short Film Competition. His short film received the maximum votes during the film festival. The name of this short film is 'The Art of Farming'. It talks about an experience of a farmer.
Winner of several International and national awards of shorts and animation films, Varun also organized the first Blossom Short Film Festival and concluded this year successfully. We had a chat with Varun on his recent achievements and future plans. Here are excerpts from the Interview.
Question: Congrats on the new award. Can you elaborate more on this achievement ?
Varun: I participated in this International Short Film Competition called 'Rev it Up'(US) last year with my film entry 'The Art of Farming'. The results were supposed to be declared in March but they were pretty much delayed. But recently I got to know that my film had been the most voted throughout the film festival. It obviously feels amazing. 'The Art of Farming' was originally made for 'Alltech Farming Film Festival' last year.
Question: What's your film 'The Art of Farming' all about?
Varun: It's a non-fiction short film about a farmer who shares his experiences about the process of the art of farming in just 2 minutes. It was a unique challenge by Alltech, Which I thought I can share at other places as well.
Question: We haven't heard about animation projects latelty? Have they taken a backseat?
Varun: Not at all. I have been taking animation projects Indepedently. It's just that I talk about a project only when I am supervising it.
Question: What projects do you currently have in pipleine?
Varun: My short film production 'My Last Visions' that is currently in post production, next I shall be working on an animated film for sure.
Question: How was the experience of the first Blossom Short Film Festival ?
Varun: It was great but It was also quite tiresome also. I have realized that handling and organizing a event on your own is not a child's play. Especially when you are short of resources. I have organized several events earlier in the past, so that wasn't a problem, however a short film festival is a complete different story where you can't let anything go wrong. There was word 'trouble' into every space whether It was marketing, selecting the jury, shortlisting the films, seeing the arrangements. By the Grace of God, every thing fall into the right place. Special thanks to Rashi Mal (our Judge) and our supporters Madan Pania, Subhash Siddhu from SAID (Society for animation in Delhi) and Mukesh Dube from Animationgalaxy
Question: The wave of animation field has been suffering a setback for sometime now. Your comments.
Varun: Animation is a field related to creativity, art and passion. Just the way art can't die, Animation can't either. The only thing is the Industry and the commercial aspect regarding it that suffers a downfall otherwise its a field to grow only. All I need to say that we have enough talent here but there is a dearth of passion. Only passionate people can take this forward as it has much to do with creative aspect. If that starts working enough, the commercial aspect shall be working efficiently too.
Question: What is your advise to young animators and budding filmmakers.
Varun: Just keep the flame of your passion burning and of course keep learning. This is a field to learn and progress towards development.