Mumbai (Maharashtra) India, July 7 (ANI): Actor Richa Chadha and filmmaker Onir have been elected as the jury for the Short Film Competition for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2021. The theme for this year’s short film competition is ‘Modern Slavery and Equality’.
Richa is excited to attend the film festival as a judge. Expressing her happiness about the same, she says, “I feel honored to have the faith of members of IFFM in having me as their jury member to judge their Short Film Competition this year along with the lovely Onir. The theme of this year’s competition is, I believe, not only relevant but of extreme importance that needs our urgent attention.”
“I can’t wait to see the entries we get this time around the theme of equality and modern slavery. It’s important to celebrate all formats of entertainment and shorts are such a founding concept for budding Filmmakers and storytellers, to give voice and recognition to their style of filmmaking. Speaking from my personal experience having both acted and directed short films, it’s extremely tough to tell an entire story within a fairly short period of time,” she added.
According to ‘My Brother…Nikhil’s director Onir, the theme of the short film competition will give filmmakers a chance to explore different sides of society which reflect humanity.
“As someone who has been associated with the festival right from the start, I am always fascinated and impressed by the depth and diversity of the short films that compere. I think that modern-day slavery runs in streams throughout our present world and the severe exploitation of people comes in many forms,” he said.
“And while our Constitution says that every single person has the Right to Equality, is that really the case in reality? This year’s theme gives filmmakers a chance to explore these sides of society which reflect the kind of humanity we have in present times. I am excited to see what the filmmakers come up with,” he added.
The IFFM will be held both physically and virtually with the physical festival running from August 12 to August 20, while its digital edition will run from August 5 to August 30 Australia-wide.