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First Clap: Short Film Fest to Unearth Budding Filmmakers from Tamil Nadu

Beginning December 16, 2016, more than 250 entries were received for Moviebuff's First Clap contest. Of these, 17 were shortlisted by judges

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Chennai, May 23, 2017: Following the success of the first edition of First Clap, a short film contest organized by Moviebuff to unearth budding filmmakers from Tamil Nadu, the plan is to go national with the second edition of the initiative next year.

Beginning December 16, 2016, more than 250 entries were received for Moviebuff’s First Clap contest. Of these, 17 were shortlisted by judges.

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The final five films were selected from public voting via screenings at local theatres supporting the contest as well as scores awarded by the panel of judges associated with the Tamil film industry.

“I am extremely happy for the finalists that they got to realise their dream of watching live audience reactions to their content at the theatres, and get invaluable feedback for them for their future efforts in filmmaking. This whole endeavour would not have been possible without the active support and encouragement of the esteemed theatre owners,” Arvind Ranganathan, CEO of Qube Cinema Technologies, told IANS.

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The initiative was organised in association with Qube Cinema Technologies.

“With the success of this initiative, the next edition of First Clap will be an all-India initiative and we hope to enhance the scope of assistance that Moviebuff will offer to budding filmmakers in the days to come,” he added.

The winners of the contest took home cash award worth Rs. 650,000.

The winning short film “Ival Azhagu” by Vijay Ganapathy received cash prize of Rs 300,000.

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The first runner-up and second runner-up short films, which include “Appa Lock” by Pradeep Ranganathan and “Yennanga Sir Unga Sattam” by Prabhu Jayaram, received cash awards of Rs 200,000 lakh and Rs 100,000 respectively.

The fourth and fifth winning short films – “Intha Naal Iniya Naal” by Magesh Balasubramaniam and “Think & Inka by Nattu Dev” – took home cash prize worth Rs 25,000 each.

For the top three winners of the contest, actor Suriya’s production house 2D Entertainment is offering an internship. (IANS)

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Always Backed Filmmakers Doing Clutter-Breaking Work: Ayushmann Khurrana

"It motivates me to do better work, to scout for better scripts and to be disruptive yet entertaining."

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His choice of off-beat films with dollops of entertainment has led Ayushmann Khurrana career to be on a roll with the success of “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, “Andhadhun” and now “Badhaai Ho” back-to-back.

“Badhaai Ho”, which released on Thursday, collected Rs 7.29 crore on Day 1 at the Indian box office, barring the Madhya Pradesh market where theatres are on strike, according to the film’s makers.

The opening day figure is said to be the biggest in Ayushmann’s career.

“It is an overwhelming and a humbling moment for me as an actor. As an artiste, I have always backed concepts, filmmakers who were doing clutter breaking work. I think I have been lucky enough in my journey to have got the right films and I’m thankful to all my filmmakers for believing in me,” Ayushmann said in a statement.

Ayushmann, in a very short period of time, has become the poster boy of content films that do exceptionally well at the box office.

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His acting career began with a film like “Vicky Donor”, which explored the concept of sperm donation in a very convincing and entertaining way. With his recent projects, he has become a poster boy of content-driven films which have fetched good results at the box office.

The actor said: “If a film is not watched and enjoyed and endorsed by audience, it is not a success. So, the rules don’t change even if it’s a content film. Whenever I get a script in my hand, I think from the position of whether I would want to watch this film as an audience.

“I always go with my instinct and my reading of audience. So far and thankfully, more often than not, I have got the right answers. This reward is extremely gratifying for me because it teaches me that I’m choosing the right films.”

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As “Badhaai Ho” — a film about a man whose mother becomes pregnant — is well on its way to become the fourth back-to-back success for Ayushmann, he said: “It is truly rare to receive so much love. As an artiste, you only want to entertain people. So, this appreciation is extremely moving and empowering.

“It motivates me to do better work, to scout for better scripts and to be disruptive yet entertaining.” (IANS)