Shillong, October 9 : The official line-up for the 2023 Kelvin Cinema Festival (KCF), scheduled from November 9 to 11, 2023, has been announced by the Shankar Lall Goenka, Fraternity Art Cine Entertainment Shillong and KCF organizers, following their ardent passion to encourage the cinematic culture of North East India.

This auspicious occasion features 12 dazzling films selected from a whopping 223 entries, reflecting the diverse storytelling voices from across the country. This was a task of immense difficulty, with the organizers left stunned by the quality of narratives and the enthusiastic response from filmmakers.

The organizers extend their genuine gratitude towards every participating filmmaker, and urge emerging storytellers to share their creations in the course of future festival editions. Their objective remains to create the country’s foremost short film festival, consistently fostering an inclusive platform for all narrative forms.

The official KCF 2023 film list includes:

‘251’ by Buddy Mukherji,
‘Ek Divas’ by Sourabh Dharmshale,
‘Gray’ by Febbard Passah Lyngdoh,
‘Jyllop’ by El Dhar,
‘Ka Pateng’ by Sankirang Khongwir,
‘Loyah: A Fleeting Memory’ by Jahanabi Moran,
‘Nehemich’ by Yudhajit Basu,
‘Nocturnal Burger’ by Reema Sengupta,
‘Notes from a Dream’ by Mukul Haloi,
‘Prikto’ by Jitu Das,
‘Small Time Cinema’ by Priya Naresh,
‘Son of the Soil’ by Akanshya Bhagabati.

While some films will be enjoying their world premiere, others will be featured as the North East Premiere. ‘251’, ‘Nehemich’, ‘Nocturnal Burger’, ‘Small Time Cinema’ and ‘Son of the Soil’ are part of the North East Premiere, having already stormed festival circuits worldwide.

These included international festivals such as the 15th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, festival De Cannes’ La Cinef, Orlando Film Festival, Florida, USA, Beyond Borders Feminist Film Festival, Delhi, Smita Patil International Film Festival, Pune, and Bengaluru International Short Film Festival.

Noteworthy is Reema Sengupta’s ‘Nocturnal Burger’, a globe-trotter amongst festivals including prestigious ones like Sundance Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, Short Encounters International Film Festival in Greece, Prisma Rome Independent Film Awards, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, California, USA, Lighthouse International Film Festival in New Jersey, USA. The film has bagged prominent awards in categories like “Best of Fest”, “Best Short Film”, “Best Director”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Sound”, “Best Leading Actress”, and “Bronze Tilapia Award for Social Impact”.

Making their world premiere at the festival would be ‘Ek Divas’, ‘Gray’, ‘Jyllop’, ‘Ka Pateng’, ‘Loyah: A Fleeting Memory’, ‘Notes from a Dream’, and ‘Prikto’. Cinematic connoisseurs will experience these narratives for the very first time at U Soso Tham Auditorium.

As preparations are underway for the grand unveil of the festival’s second edition, the organizers anticipate the 3-day event to magnetize movie buffs from Shillong and North East India, while the selected shorts promise gripping and unique narratives to the audience.