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Moviebuff First Clap Contest Finalists Announced
Screening in 150+ screens next to you from 10th March 2017 to 13th April 2017

Chennai, March 13th, 2017 - First Clap, an initiative of Moviebuff, is India’s first theatrically showcased talent hunt for aspiring filmmakers, challenging them to tell a compelling story in three minutes on any subject of their interest. Beginning December 16, 2016, more than 250 entries were received. The top five shortlisted films are being screened for a period of five weeks across 150 screens in the Qube Cinema Network from March 10th 2017 to 13th April 2017.
On offer to the winners of this contest, chosen from public voting and the scores awarded by a panel of eminent jurists, apart from cash prizes for the top three entries, is an enviable opportunity to the winner to narrate a script to actor Suriya’s 2D Entertainment and/or an opportunity to intern with the production company as well!

The shortlisted finalists include App(a) Lock – Directed by Pradeep Ranganathan,
Indha Naal Iniya Naal – Directed by Magesh Balasubramaniam, Ival Azhagu – Directed by Sri Vijay Ganapathy, Think & Ink- Directed by Nattu Dev and Yennanga Sir Unga Sattam – Directed by Prabhu Jeyaram.

The judges include Cinematographer and Director PC Sreeram, Director Ezhil, Director Vetrimaran, Cinematographer Magesh Muthuswamy, Director Arun Kumar S.U., CEO of 2D Entertainment Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian, Film Editor KL Praveen, Audiographer Udayakumar, Director Hari Viswanath, Chennai International Short Film Festival Director Srinivasa Santhanam and Film Critic and Trade Analyst Sathish Kumar who is also CEO of Common Man Media.

The uniqueness of this contest, brought to you by Moviebuff, courtesy the Qube Cinema Network & LittleShows, is that, for the first time ever, contestants have an opportunity to have direct feedback from moviegoers for their creative work via screenings all across the state in mainstream cinema halls! The audience can participate in this contest by choosing the next filmmaker via sending a unique SMS code.

“This contest is an opportunity to tell an interesting story in three minutes – a challenge for any new talent or filmmaker who wants to make a mark proving their expertise. At the same time, when presented on the big screen, the filmmaker can also gauge and experience audience reaction first-hand. We all have ideas or experiences in life that are worthy of translation to film. It will be interesting to see the calibre of filmmaking this contest garners,” says Tamil Superstar Suriya. His company, 2D Entertainment, focuses on quality content ensuring entertainment with a difference by nurturing innovative talent and utilizing the best of technology.

“As a company that has been dedicated to the domain of cinema for over three decades now, this endeavour is our way of conveying our gratitude through creating a powerful enabling platform for talent to showcase their work and realise their dreams,” says Arvind Ranganathan, CEO of Qube Cinema Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

For more information: visit Moviebuff.com | Moviebuff.LittleShows.com
Additional attachments: Theatre screening schedule

About Moviebuff:

Moviebuff offers the most exhaustive database of movie related information to an Indian movie-going audience. It aims to be an end-to-end solution for a variety of users, including, but not limited to, consumers, content creators, exhibitors and affiliates, and serves the role of a one-stop shop for these users, providing information as well as solutions for anything related to the business of movies — consumption, exhibition and content creation. For the consumer, it provides access to an exhaustive database of movie related information, for the content creator, it is a platform to promote movies, sell music and related content and for the exhibitor, it is a platform to curate, promote content and aggregate user feedback. All the information on Moviebuff.com is also available in the form of an API for any movie-related website that requires up-to-date information and media. Moviebuff.com

About 2D Entertainment:

Suriya, a man with a penchant for lateral thinking, turned entertainment entrepreneur through his brainchild 2D Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. CEO Rajasekar Karpoorasundarapandian has ensured an open atmosphere so that an impressive think tank of creative talents deliver quality content ensuring entertainment with a difference. Established in 2014, the company nurtures innovative talents by making the best of technology. The marketing and production strategies here are set on international standards with a commitment to providing entertainment to people from all walks of life. This is a name to reckon with in the South Indian film fraternity. 2DEntertainment.in

About Little Shows Media Pvt. Ltd.:

A venture floated by two short film aficionados resulting in a unique portal that aims to revolutionize the realm of short films. To get all aspiring filmmakers and short film talents to limelight and glory is the motto here. Now, the three-year-old venture serves as the go-to platform for all filmmaking needs and has been instrumental in quite a number of filmmaking talents clinching a coveted spot in the film arena. LittleShows.com

Think & Ink
Synopsis
A hardworking senior citizen gets a clear and distinct picture of the political scenario present in India.
Tamil ● 3 mins
Genre: Drama
Cast: ??
Crew: Nattu Dev (Director), Naveen Kumar (Director of Photography), Saran Raghavan (Music Director), Editor S Richard
Director Profile
Nattu Dev was a supporting artiste in four films (KO, Singam Puli, Doo, Mudhal Idam) in 2011. He then assisted Director Manikandan with the movie Kaaka Muttai for two years, following which he made three short films, one of them being Think & Ink. He would love to make more movies with hope being the central theme.

Ennanga Sir Unga Sattam
Synopsis
A frail old man gets trapped in the complicated web of the Indian banking system.
Tamil ● 3 mins
Genre: Drama
Cast: Chinna Kumari, Raahul Thatha
Crew: Prabhu Jeyaram (Director), Bharanidhara N (Director of Photography), DM Udhayakumar (Music Director)
Director Profile
Prabhu Jeyaram worked as a software engineer before realizing his true passion lay in movies, and has directed two short films, Pattha Vaida Paratta and Oxygen. His focus is on making world-class cinema, with elements of commercialism as well as a subtle social message that encourages critical thinking.

Intha Naal Iniya Naal
Synopsis
An exchange turns into a murderous rampage, and an extremely lucky day for a complete stranger.
Tamil ● 3 mins
Genre: Drama
Cast: Arun Alexander, Dheena
Crew: Magesh Balasubramaniam (Director), Arun Kumar (Director of Photography)

Director Profile
Magesh Balasubramaniam is a Visual Communications graduate from Madras Christian College. He has previously worked on a few short films and is currently working as an Assistant Director on Maanagaram and Balloon.

App(a) Lock
Synopsis
Aware of the issues present in the romantic relationships of the current generation, a doting father tries to separate his daughter from her lover.

Tamil ● 3 mins
Genre: Drama
Cast: Pradeep Ranganathan
Crew: Pradeep Ranganathan (Director), Vinod Rajendran (Director of Photography), Aditya Ravindran (Music Director)

Director Profile
Pradeep Ranganathan has been making short films for the past three years, and all films have been big viral hits on social media. He would love to make relatable entertainers where audiences feel the film they are watching is their story.

Ival Azhagu

Synopsis
After being dragged into a cyber scandal, an empowered woman becomes an example to her generation when she decides to bravely move on with her life and start living.

Tamil ● 3 mins
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jiva Ravi, Nakshatra Nagesh
Crew: Sri Vijay Ganapathy (Director), Ameen (Director of Photography), Al Rufian (Music Director)

Director Profile
Vijay Ganapathy has been working the past three years as an assistant in short films and telefilms. Including Ival Azhagu, he has made four short films thus far. He likes directing women’s based scripts, romantic thrillers and movies with social commercial elements.

Adds R.S.Prakash-Following the screening of all the 5 films, director Jayendra and the other filmmakers (of those 5 short films interacted with the Media.

The films will be screened at a select set of screens during interval for 3.5 minutes (the running time of each of the films is just that) and the public will also take part in the voting.

These filmmakers will be invited by 2D Entertainment for a story discussion besides being provided with an opportunity to apprentice with the banner.

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