Online short film
Vuedemic, the film counterpart of Artdemic, in collaboration with The Gujral Foundation and Harkat Studios were delighted to present an all-encompassing selection of unique audio-visual work, in a 3-day online short-film festival from 17th – 19th September 2021 on the Harkat Live platform. We’re honoured to be one of the first platforms in South Asia organizing an event like this.
The first ever Wild Vueing Weekend was very well attended and took audiences through a range of films, exploring both the art film space as well as narrative shorts. Coming from a variety of makers, these films were loosely tied by their introspective approach and artistic nature. Harkat Studios created the programme for the festival. Our jury consisted of the talented teams at The Gujral Foundation and Harkat Studios. We had exciting prizes up for grabs for the filmmakers who come first, second and third during the Wild Vueing Weekend.
We were thrilled to announce the winners of the 1st edition of our Wild Vueing Weekend - Better Man by Mrinal Bahukhandi was awarded first place. After seeing all the amazing films we decided to name two films in second place - Leaving Home by Harshil Bhanushali and Makara by Prantik Basu. Under The Rug by Nayanika Chatterjee came in third place.
Fever Dreams witnessed the premiere of artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh’s Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?. This opening film set the context for a program that married both realism and surrealism, introspection and outward reflections. What came after played out like a vivid sensory dream, guiding you through fragments of stories and thoughts, inviting the viewer to piece them together; a visual puzzle of sorts. We were excited to present viewers with a collection of experimental video-art pieces: including captivating animations, video collages, and various audio-visual explorations.
17 SEPT: FEVER DREAMS | 10 - 11 PM
Opening Film: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit? | Sajid Wajid Shaikh
Switch | Ansh Mehta
Where was i last night | Ushnish Mukherjee
From Eden | Aadesh Sansare
Untitled | Vishnu Raju
The Nose Goes Missing | Ruchin Soni
Kali | Karthika Sakthivel
Can't kiss ever | Devika Dave
Chair of Despair | Yashtika Tandon
Two Desperate Men | Sashrika Panchal
Typically Mumbai | Anush Nadkarni
Low IQ | Arjun Mehta (Parshuraavan x Owlist)
Under the Rug | Nayanika Chatterjee
Before the Storm | Mrudula K.
Invisible Institutions | Vishnu Raju
Eucatastrophe | Karthika Sakthivel, Aparna Hegde
Chaos | Savani Godbole + Isha Zad
approximately synchronous | Kaustav Chatterjee
Rabbit Hole | Shreya Jaikumar Menon
Better man | Mrinal Bahukhandi
Embodying the intimate yet collective nature of a slam book, this programme was bound together like a diverse group of friends. They have distinct personalities — some are loud, some shy, others envelope you in a warm embrace the moment you see them. Slam Book was a hybrid selection of experimental happenings, flowing into narrative bodies of work. These were audio-visual journeys navigating identity, politics and self. The programme in its entirety was a filmic flip-through of personal histories.
18 SEPT: SLAM-BOOK | 7 - 9 PM
7PM - 7:45 PM | Scenes From The Memoirs Of A Socialist Hermaphrodite | Banal Films
Kanaphusi | Ravi Vats
Where it begins | Anant Jain
Tobin Road | Ritaban Ghosh
The Dream and An Afternoon | Ritwika Ganguly
Scale as Such | Sudhir Ambasana
Anima | Rustam Mazumdar
OHM | Illesha K + Deep Deka
-- 30 MIN INTERMISSION --
8:15 PM - 9 PM
Bodies of Desire | Varsha Panikar
Half | Shyam Sasi
Can the dim-wit support the heavens? | Savyasachi Anju Prabir
Memory of a stillness | Raymond Dias
Wolfie | Mehr Singh
Friends on a beach | Grant Davis
Bittersweet served as an epilogue to the festival, with shared sentiments of the days gone by, however expanding into its own body. In these slice of life shorts, viewers found a mix of nostalgia, longing, pain, and patience. These films observed, documented and traversed through their makers’ worlds with individualistic approaches, as well as through the lens of a community. The programme and festival was closed by filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s The Last Mango Before the Monsoon.
19 SEPT: BITTERSWEET | 7 - 9 PM
7PM - 7:45 PM
Leaving Home | Harshil Bhanushali
Akin to the Winter Sun | Rishi Kochhar
Makara | Prantik Basu
-- 30 MIN INTERMISSION --
8:15 PM - 9:15 PM
Makaan | Abeer Khan
A cold summer night | Yash Sawant
Anarchitecture | Payas R. Talreja
Closing film: The Last Mango Before the Monsoon | Payal Kapadia