Films were selected from over 300 entries in the student, Independent
and Commercial categories. They feature film makers from India,
Singapore, Japan and Korea among other countries. An official release
indicates that a hot favourite to bag the top honours in the commercial
category is India’s n Vaibhav Kumaresh whose five productions for
star's Channel (V) have made it to the finals. Kumaresh’s commercials
that will be screened at the competitions include Field Setting,
Popstars 2003, Popstars Girls.
The release adds that productions by students of the National Institute
of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, dominate the student category this year.
NID productions include Pudchyavarshi Iavkarya , Dhak-Drum
, Master Minds.. The last title explores the many complexities
of human behaviour set against the backdrop of terrorism
The longest film at this year’s competition is the half-hour Raju
& I by Mumbai's Gayathri Rao. This highlights the childs right
to education. Other films jostling for top honours in this category
include Kapporopitta- Let’s have a meal together’ by Mai
Matsumura of Japan. This film deals with how a child’s aversion
for food is changed by his meeting with three little monsters.