4th Cell Phone Cinema Festival4th Cell Phone Cinema Festival of Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT).

World renowned cell phone film maker and Professor of Tisch School of Arts, New York University Karl Bardosh called upon the cell phone cinema makers to be prepared for an unprecedented revolution in digital vide with the arrival of holographic film making. He was speaking to a packed audience as the chief guest at the inauguration of the 4th Cell Phone Cinema Festival of Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT). Prof Bardosh who is also on the executive board of the AAFT specially flew in for this festival. In fact he is the motivation force of this festival that has grown into a global cell phone cinema movement. This genre of film making is the sine qua non of the democratization of the audio-visual media. Also present on the occasion were Delhi Times editor Anshul Chaturvedi who cautioned that democratization of the medium was welcome but in the final analysis, it was the basic skill and content that mattered in every medium.

New York-based Indian fashion designer Sanjana Jon congratulated the large gathering of cinema students of Marwah Studios for being a part of such a space, freedom and opportunity provided by the visionary educationist Sandeep Marwah, the spirit behind the institute and the cell cinema revolution. Summing up the glittering opening ceremony at the campus Marwah revealed that now 200 million cell phone users had camera in their gadgets that make them potential film maker’s as well prospective entrepreneurs by showing their films even for a nominal charge like a rupee each. He promised that the AAFT would keep pace with the fast growing video technology for its students.

The winner will be awarded US $3000 on Saturday after the screening of the first ever full length cell feature film “ Why didn’t any body tell me it would become this bad in Afghanistan” by Cyrus Frisch. The two-day festival will conclude with a gala dinner and a Band in Presence on the lush green lawns of the sprawling Marwah Campus.

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