Army’s ‘Dil Mange More’ short film fest takes off

Jammu :  The First Ever ‘Dil Maange More’ Short Film Festival conducted by the Indian Army Northern Command on Sunday opened to a fantastic response by the youth of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh at Udhampur.

The month long first of its kind mega short film festival curated by Captain Rahul Bali is an initiative of Northern Command of Indian Army in association with Innovations India for Empowering the of Youth of J&K and Ladakh in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterating the importance of activities for nation building.

Award winning Film Makers Rahul Mittra, Imtiaz Ali, Umesh Shukla, Rahat Kazmi along with acclaimed actors Sara Khan and Tariq Khan conducted Interactive Workshops and Masterclasses that were attended by more than 15000 youth across J&K and Ladakh both in online and offline mode.

The initiative of Indian Army to showcase the talent of the youth of J&K and Ladakh to the world was announced at a press conference.

Major General SS Patil, GOC, 71 Sub Area, Udhampur along with the Curator of the Festival Captain Rahul Bali, Renowned Filmmakers Imtiaz Ali, Rahul Mittra, Umesh Shukla and Rahat Kazmi gave an insight about the festival.

“Dil Maange More Short Film Festival (DMMSFF 2022) is dedicated to the independent, talented and discerning film makers from J&K and Ladakh, who crave to showcase their deftness and craft of film making to the world via short films, they said.

The participants would be required to make Short Films of 5 – 15 minutes duration on the given themes and submit their entries online by December 10 and the Grand Finale of the Festival would be held at Udhampur in December 16.

Major General SS Patil said that Indian Army is steadfast in its endeavour of Nation Building and lending all the support possible to the youth of J&K and Ladakh for their growth and development and DMM -SFF is one such step in that direction.

The highlight of the festival is that apart from Cash Prizes and Merit Certificates, the top 03 winners of the Short Film Making Competition at the DMM- SFF would be mentored by world renowned award winning Film Makers Imtiaz Ali, Rahul Mittra & Umesh Shukla and the Winning films would be showcased at International Indian Film Festivals curated by Captain Rahul Bali across the world catapulting the winners to national & international fame.

Curator of the Festival Captain Rahul Bali said, ‘Dil Maange More’ Festival is aimed to empower the youth of J&K and Ladakh and create success stories for others to emulate.

“We look forward to introducing the talented youth of J&K and Ladakh to the world & seek to develop a lot of synergies for their overall growth. The festival is a brilliant initiative of the Indian Army and is undoubtedly a major step towards Nation Building,” he said.