It is a festival bonanza for Delhi based filmmaker Nikhil Sablania and a moment to cherish. Nikhil, a young filmmaker, is going to represent India at the 9th International Student Film & Video Festival (ISFVF) of Beijing Film Academy (BFA), Beijing, China with his film Siski (The Sigh).
The Beijing Film Academy is a state-run film institute in Beijing, China. The film school is the largest institution specialized in the tertiary education for film and television production in Asia and has earned international recognition for its achievements in film production.
Nikhil Sablania’s short film Siski (the sigh) would be showcased along with 46 other films from different nations. The film was made as his academic project at one of the premier film institute in India, ‘Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute” (SRFTI) an institute run by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.
It is a moment of pride for all Indians and a happy moment for Nikhil Sablania, a Dalit filmmaker, for whom it is a dream come true. Speaking about his film Nikhil said, “I always loved horror films. When I got into the film institute it was my dream to make a horror film, but there were many obstacles. First the duration of thirty minutes was not sufficient as we are used to watching feature length horror movies where the first thirty to forty minute are only to establish the horror feeling. Second, it was a challenge to make a horror film with a limited budget & time. And lastly, there always the risk of an intended horror film turning into a comedy (he laughs). But I am happy that the film has been appreciated by the Beijing Film Academy and by the global audience and so I feel satisfied with my work and it makes me even more passionate to make more good films in the future.”
His film Siski (The Sigh) is a twenty nine minutes short horror film telling the story of a young couple who shift into a new house and find themselves in an array of supernatural incidents that unveil a painful and horrific story, and this story changes their lives. The film is written & directed by Nikhil Sablania, the Cinematography is by Vinod Veerakumar, Sound by Ratheesh Ravindran & Editing by Shubhojeet Bhattacharjee. Sudhir Raut, Sanchita Das, Arindam Saha & Riya Podar are main cast of the film & Music is composed by Bhaskar.
The film also got international recognition last year when it became the opening film of the horror section at 13th Portobello Film Festival, London, UK, the biggest independent film competition in UK.
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