World’s Largest Filmmaking Challenge – Success Stories

There are many ways one can start their career in filmmaking – be it film schools or on-set exposure. India Film Project, in its 9th season now, has been consistently giving a platform to aspiring filmmakers to showcase their passion and work. A lot of aspiring filmmakers who may or may not have formal education or training in filmmaking have participated over the years at IFP’s 50 Hour Filmmaking Challenge to kickstart their career. The logic is simple – all one has to do is Shoot, Script, Edit and Submit a short film within the course of a weekend ie. 50 hours. These films are judged by the top filmmakers of the country (Sudhir Mishra, Milan Luthria & R. S. Prasanna for IFP Season 8 ), the winning films are then showcased at Asia’s Largest Content Festival which is attended by 100+ prominent personalities from the industry and 15,000+ content creators, thus giving a strong platform and exposure to the aspiring filmmakers. Here are some of the winners who participated in Professional and Amateur category of the 50 Hour Filmmaking Challenge and their experience of making a film in 50 hours. Have a look at how this experience helped them shape their career.

1. Dabba Gul (MissMalini Productions)

Gold Film of the Year (Professional Filmmaking)

“We are a bunch of blogger turned writers at MissMalini along with their in house shoot and edit crew weaved magic at #IFP8 with their film ‘Dabba Gul.’ A first of its kind weekend for all the people in the team, the 50 hours filmmaking challenge encouraged great teamwork and free flow of creative juices. It was a great instant, on-the-spot class in filmmaking that brought out the best of everyone who became a part of it as it provided a seat-of-your-pants introduction to the act of making quick decisions and snap judgments.

From hastily picking out costumes to yelling at each other for forgetting the make up, we weren’t the most disciplined film-making crew ever, but we did end up with a great BTS reel. We are still laughing over the jokes we cracked and the mistakes we made while making ‘Dabba Gul,’ especially the awkwardness that came along with us scouting for locations and calling actors at 4 AM in the morning to check their availabilities. Because of similar ideologies and interpretation of the theme, making a film together with this team was a great bonding experience. Whether you walk away with an award-winning film or a lifelong bond with someone special, it’s sure to be a memorable weekend.”

Kushal Verma (Team Leader, MissMalini Productions)

2. Kaali Peeli Ride (think BIG)

Bronze Film of the Year (Professional Filmmaking)

“think BIG is a team of creative personas who want change in every so called processes of telling a story through visuals. We can create anything out of nothing. Sayan and Sujata deals with content and direction, Sourav with camera and Gourab and Milan with editing. Avijeet creates music and Sujoy arranges fund. Mafin is an actor cum outstanding dancer. But we all want to create heart wrenching stories in visual medium. We are ready to face any hurdles. But we know if you think BIG, you can never compromise with your art form.”

Sayan Dasgupta (Team Leader, think BIG)

3. Sveekaar (Red Matrix Productions) 

Platinum Film of the Year (Amateur Filmmaking)

Red matrix productions, was founded in 15th April 2013, with the vision to meet the real in reel life. This production house was founded by Sayandip Sikder,then a class 10th student, who had discovered his passion in film making. Gradually, people having dreams of showing the stories through beautiful pictures, joined in to make the members’ count more than hundred. The production house has created short films, advertisements and are currently working on a web series and in future they plan to explore much more with better achievements, having support of each other in the team, who are always dedicated to perform better. The first project of the team is, “That Shelly”, and after that they have created short films like, “Kamalini”, “The Farewell”, and much more are coming in the way. The team has recently participated in Indian Film Project 2018, and has got the first prize in their category. This can be considered as a success for a team who had participated for the first time. The team spirit is visible when the non-participating members of the team also rejoiced after the win. The team though is climbing the stairs of success day by day, had to face various hardships at times, many members came and left but the team of Red Matrix Productions is a group of losers, who never give up.”

Sayandip Sikder (Team Leader, Red Matrix Productions)

4. Maggi Readyeeaaahh?! (Parichay)  

Platinum Film of the Year (Amateur Filmmaking)

“We are Parichay! A bunch of passionate film enthusiasts and performing artists, stuck in the monotony of the corporate life, dying trying to make our real dreams come true!”

Dhananjay Gandotra (Team Leader, Parichay)

5. Wake Up! (not.just.a.dentist films)

Best Film #5 of the Year (Amateur Filmmaking)

“It all started with me and my brother discussing the concept of narcolepsy and how it could be used perfectly in relation to the theme. The whole night was spent on connecting the dots and prepping up for the next day. The whole of next day was spent shooting all around the city. Be it hospitals, dental clinics, dance studios, jungles and busy roads. The thrill of shooting round the clock was something we could never forget. I’m glad to have found people who believed in me and the story and I’m thankful to #IndiaFilmProject for giving us this push to create something that we’re really proud of. Winning 3 awards at the ceremony was a surreal experience. I was nervous until the last minute. The feeling when your film, the product of your hard work, is screened and people around you gasp and laugh and clap and enjoy it, can only be described as overwhelming.”

Rishab Joshi (Team Leader, not.just.a.dentist films)

6. Bungee Jumping (Teacup Films) 

Datsun Change Film of the Year (Amateur Filmmaking)

“We are a group of freelancers from different fields of filmmaking. After working in different areas of commercial filmmaking, re. commercials, corporate films and even weddings for close to 4 years, I decided to take a break for a year to work on something that I actually wanted to do. So with all the money I had saved up over the years, I set up my production house with the sole aim of crafting stories. My first task was to put together a team of like minded and passionate individuals; and IFP 2018 was the best place to test our skills out. To my utter surprise not only did we come out with something we can be proud of as a team, our first project together was also widely accepted by our peers and even honoured at IFP 8 with the “Datsun Change Film Of The Year” award. This platform, provided by India Film Project has not only showcased our abilities but also brought us all closer together. We entered as strangers but came out as a family. Even though we all have our different jobs, we still meet every other week and have started work on our next film together. My heartfelt thanks to IFP for making this possible.”

Aditya Chandrashekar (Team Leader, Teacup Films)

Looking to gain some exposure in field of filmmaking or maybe just experiment with your skills and make your weekend productive? India Film Project is back with the 50 Hour Filmmaking Challenge from 27 Sept. 8 PM IST to 29 Sept. 10 PM IST. Choose between Professional, Amateur and Mobile filmmaking categories and win prizes from GoPro (action cameras), Aputure (professional lights) and Deity Microphones (audio gear). Click here to know more. What are you waiting for?!