G. JAYAKUMAR

The fourth FILCA Campus Film Festival screened 35 films that were made by students all over Kerala.

Thirty-five short films articulated the views of students from all over Kerala. They reacted to the world around them through the medium of films. These films, of which 15 were documentaries, were screened at the fourth FILCA Campus Film Festival at Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram. Most of the films showcased the talent and imagination of its makers.

For the students

The festival was organised by Film Lovers' Cultural Association together with Government Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram. The festival's competition was held in two categories - short fiction and documentary. Cash prizes of Rs.7, 500 for the best film and Rs.5, 000 for the second best film were awarded in each category. In the short-film category, the first prize went to `Labuntar' (`The moments slip away'), directed by Prabhu P.M. of Government Victoria College, Palakkad. The film is a vivid depiction of campus life that is expressed through the memories of a student during the last days of his college life. Besides telling the story of how the college lost in the zonal competitions, the film also focusses on the attitudes of parents who are obsessed with bookish learning, leaving the children with no time for cultural activities. "This is my first venture and is based on my own experiences. It was very difficult to get the students to participate in the competitions. For one reason or the other, they would back out in the last minute. And we lost by two points. Finance was also a major problem. It is a success of teamwork," says Prabhu.

Best documentary

The best documentary award was bagged by `Colours of Green' directed by Joshi T.V. of Calicut Press Club. The film brings to light the attitude of the Kozhikode Corporation towards problems like supply of drinking water, waste disposal, electricity, housing and hygiene. The lavishly built structure that houses the Kozhikode Corporation is juxtaposed with the slums nearby. `Dream Merchant' directed by Vivek Bharathan of Calicut University was adjudged the second best short fiction film. The second prize for documentary went to `Ways and Words' directed by R.G. Gopanarayanan of the Calicut Press Club. The film `Against the Waves,' a documentary by E.V. Johny, a physically challenged student of M.G. College, Thiruvananthapuram, was awarded a consolation prize. The documentary portrayed a physically challenged fisherman venturing to sea against all odds. The jury comprised M.F. Thomas, Vijayakrishnan and P. Gopakumar. The jury was of the opinion that awards were bagged by films with "aesthetic and artistic values." FILCA's secretary, M.K.P. Nair, said that the idea for a campus film festival was borne out of the need "to have a permanent venue for young people to exchange ideas on films and film-making."