The performing arts have been a platform since time immemorial. One needs to look as far as Athens in 550BC where the theatre originated to celebrate Dionysus. Since then, as mankind evolved, so did the art form that is today celebrated across the globe, with hundreds of films releasing every year. While Indian Cinema is over a century old, it is at the cusp of a revolution. With ever-expanding technology, innovative mediums to showcase stories are revolutionising the art. This, in turn, is offering filmmakers an autonomy that was never seen before. This new-found democracy is also challenging filmmakers (and the audiences) to engage with cinema in a way we haven't seen before.
In a first-ever event, independent, well-known, movie-loving film critics from across the country — from newspapers, TV channels, websites and radio — have come together formally to form the Film Critics Guild. This registered body aims to foster a better understanding of cinema by nurturing qualitative film criticism and putting in place exacting ethical standards for reviews across platforms.
The Guild is all set to present the first-ever short film awards, ‘Critics’ Choice Short Film Awards’. The aim of this function is to identify and reward the short film industry in an unbiased manner by giving due recognition to their talent.