Drishyam Films’ first-Gujarati-language-short, Rammat-Gammat to make its World Premiere at the prestigious 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany


Drishyam Films’ first-Gujarati-language-short, Rammat-Gammat to make its World Premiere at the prestigious 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany ~Written and directed by Ajitpal Singh, the short is selected in the Children and Youth Film Competition~ ~The short introduces two young first time actors from Gujarat, Shivam Math and Yash Patel, and Swati Das (Hindi Medium, Bombay Talkies) in the lead roles~ ~ Known as the world’s largest and oldest running international short fest, Oberhausen is credited to discover the works of some legendary filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold to name a few, Among Indian filmmakers, Ritesh Batra’s short, Café Regular, Cairo (2011) and Amit Dutta’s shorts Keshkambli (2003) and Kramasha (2007) were also screened at the short fest~ ~Oberhausen received a total number of 7311 submissions from 140 countries this year~ Mumbai, April 20, 2018: Drishyam Films’ short film Rammat-Gammat (My Best Friend’s Shoes) will make its World Premiere in official competition at the prestigious 64th edition of International Short Film festival Oberhausen, Germany held from May 3-8, 2018. Written and directed by Ajitpal Singh, the Gujarati-language-short-film is among 37 shorts selected in the Children’s and Youth Film Competition. Here is the teaser of the short film: http://bit.ly/RammatGammat-Teaser Known as the largest and world’s oldest running short film festival, Oberhausen received a total number of 7311 submissions from 140 countries this year. Produced by Drishyam Films, Rammat-Gammat is a simple tale of friendship with complex characters. It is a story of two small boys in rural Gujarat - a rich boy from upper caste and a poor boy from the lower caste whose friendship is stretched to the breaking point when one of them is gifted a pair of golden yellow football studs, which will take him away from his friend and out of the village. The 18 minutes narrative short film introduces two young boys, Shivam Math and Yash Patel in the lead roles. First time actors, both the boys from Gujarat are passionate and excellent football players, representing their cities at the state level. The film also features Swati Das (Hindi Medium, Bombay Talkies) in a significant role. Sharing his joy, Ajitpal Singh says, "We are absolutely thrilled to collaborate with Drishyam Films and Accord Equips on Rammat-Gammat and start our festival journey with the world’s oldest and most prestigious short film festival Oberhausen, which is credited to discover the works of some of legendary filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold to name a few. For me just being at such a place is like going on a pilgrimage.” The writer-director adds, “Rammat-Gammat is essentially a simple tale of friendship and even though the story unfolds in today’s time in a different context, it is inspired from my own experiences and memories of growing up in Gujarat village during the 1980’s anti Sikh sentiments in the country and how that alienated me as a child.” Manish Mundra, the founder and promoter of Drishyam Films, says “We are happy that Rammat Gammat is starting its journey at such a prestigious festival as Oberhausen, and hope to bring it to our Indian audiences soon.” Rammat Gammat produced by Drishyam Films, Tejash Shah (Accord Equips) and Mauli Singh is shot in Wilson Hill, Gujarat. About Oberhausen Known as world’s oldest running short film festival and “short film mecca” for the sheer reputation among the filmmakers and industry for its bold and high quality short films and a thriving short film market, Oberhausen is credited to discover the works of some of legendary filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold to name a few. Among the Indian filmmakers, Ritesh Batra’s short, Café Regular, Cairo (2011) and Amit Dutta’s shortsKeshkambli (2003) and Kramasha (2007) were screened at the prestigious short film festival. "Short film is a great first step for a budding filmmaker. That's how I made my beginnings and Oberhausen was an important step on my path to become a Director." Roman Polanski "I smoked my first cigarette here. For years, I saw every single film at the Westdeutsche Kurzfilmtage, looking forward to those days in Oberhausen every year. These events were important for me, for my decision to become a filmmaker." Wim Wenders Ajitpal Singh:Writer-director Ajitpal Singh was an 8 years old boy when his father ran a cinema hall. After studying chemistry, learning theatre and photography, he chose filmmaking as his calling. He was selected for Sundance's India Screenwriter's Lab in 2012. He was the youngest member of Indian delegation at Munich Film Festival 2009, selected by Goethe Institute. He was also selected for 2007 Berlinale Talent Campus's New Delhi edition. Ajitpal Singh has worked as an Associate Director For Gurgaon (2016), anddialogue writer for Once Again (2017). He has also worked as a researcher for 16 German documentary films in India. Currently he is writing two international co-production projects. About Drishyam Films A company born out of love for cinema, Drishyam Films aims to build a platform for unique voices of Indian independent cinema and create global content with rich Indian. Their international award-winning films include Ankhon Dekhi, Masaan, Dhanak, Waiting, Umrika, Rukh , Kadvi Hawa and Newton (which was India’s official entry to the Oscars 2018). Drishyam Films had partnered with the Sundance Institute, USA to organize a Screenwriters’ lab for Indian writers for two successive years. They have also set up a VFX studio specializing in post-production and visual effects for feature films and commercials.

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