Delhi students’ films shortlisted at BAFTA’s ‘Faith Shorts’

Three short films by Delhi school students have been shortlisted in the ‘Faiths’ category at the British Academy of film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards this year. Ishita Gupta (14), Mudit Muraka (15) and Sujit Roy (17) along with 12 others stand a chance to be flown to London to have their film premiered at a red carpet event at 195 Piccadilly, the home of BAFTA, organiser Tony Blair Faith Foundation announced.

Judged by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and Hollywood stars Hugh Jackman and Jet Li, the filmmakers were asked to produce a hree-minute movie which answers the brief, “Let me show you how my faith inspires me.”

The films in the ‘Faith Shorts’ help demonstrate that faith means different things to different people.

The competition gives young people the opportunity to challenge some of the stereotypes which surround religion.

Ishita Gupta’s film “Connecting Cultures”, which highlights humanity as a unifying force in the world, has been shortlisted for the age 14-17 category.

Mudit Muraka has been shortlisted in the ‘Face to Faith category’ for his film “The Mirror”, which explores social pressures that today’s youth face.

Sujit’s film “Unsighted Faith” is about the nurturing relationship between teacher and student and has been shortlisted in the ‘Face to Faith category’ of the competition. Over 100 entries were received from countries across the globe including Philippines, Israel, Mexico and Nepal of which only 15 films were shortlisted.

The competition is open to those of all faiths and none, aged between 14 and 27. The films should be of maximum three-minute. The judges look for originality, creativity, a clear story and a viewpoint that brings home the reality of the story they tell about faith. (PTI)

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