Mangalore: St Aloysius College gears up to host Kaustubha – The Media Fiesta

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
Inputs: Fr. Richard Rego S.J , Director – Sarang 107.8 FM, SAC

Mangalore, January 27, 2009: ‘Kaustubha – A virtuous Endeavour to triumph a National level media fest, an ambitious venture of the Department of Mass Communication and Media Studies (MCMS), St Aloysius College (Autonomous) will be held on January 28 and 29, 2010. It is aimed at celebrating various aspects of media, films and advertising. The fest would comprise of five media related competitions open for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students all over India.

The competition scheduled to have ‘Pitch in Sanity’ (mad ads); ‘Snapdots’ (photography competition); ‘Bull’s eye’ (press conference) and ‘Decibels’ (making radio jingles)on January 28 and ‘Pro bono’ (making public service ads) followed by ‘Shooting Stars’ on January 29.

‘Shooting Stars’, a national level film making competition will be held on the January 29 of the media fest. It includes submission of different types of movies made by students from many colleges. It was launched in 2005 by Rev Dr Richard Rego SJ, (Director of Community Radio SARANG 107.8 MHz and HOD of MCMS). It provides a forum for opportunity, infrastructure, support, encouragement, and publicity- to student-filmmakers. The films and documentaries will be of 10 min duration. Cash prizes are given for three categories namely Best Konkani film, Best Short Film, and Best Documentary film. Short film and documentary film done in any language other than English will have subtitles in English.

Shooting Stars is a place of convergence for the best and the brightest young minds envisioning new paradigms in cinema. It provides a friendly and productive environment for media students to voice, learn, debate and discuss major issues of the day through self-made cinema. It also gives an opportunity for students to get exposed to ideas that will help them grow and take flight. The fest also gives an opportunity for students to network with progressive individuals from every corner of the nation who wishes to make it big in the media industry.

Day 1 – 28 Jan 2010

08.30 – 09.30 am Registration & Breakfast
09.30 -10.30 am Inauguration
10.30 -11.30 am Pitch-In-Sanity (Mad Ads)
11.30 – 01.00 pm Bull’s Eye (Press Conference)
01.00  – 2.00 pm Lunch Break
02.00  – 5.00 pm Other Events- Snapdots (Photojournalism)
05.00  – 6.00 pm Cultural Programme

Day 2 – 29 Jan 2010

08.00 -09.00 am Breakfast
09.30 -10.30 am Decibells (Radio Jingle)

Pro-Bono (PSA)

10.30 -12.00 pm Screening of Shooting Stars 2009 award winning movies

& entries for Shooting Stars 2010

12.00 -01.00 pm Lunch Break
01.15- 03.30 pm Shooting Stars 2010
03.45- 05.00 pm Valedictory

The movies that have been nominated to the finals

In the Documentry Category:

1] Call of the Wild
2] The Third Kind
3] To be or not to be
4] The Downtrodden

In the Short Movie Category:

1] Whe Right Went Wrong
2] Switch Off
3] SMS5858
4] Colour Reel
5] Why
6] Who’s Mad
7] Colours
8] Highland Drive Road
9] Rabiya

Director Jayaraj to grace Shooting Stars 2010

This years Shooting Stars apart from the entries received from across India, has another charm to it. The national award winner and internationally acclaimed director Jayaraj Rajashekaran Nair, better known as Jayaraj will be the Chief Guest for Shooting Stars 2010.

Jayaraj started his career as an assistant director to Bharathan for his films Chilambu in 1986. He debuted as a director with Vidyarambam in 1988. His early career was into commercial films with Aakasha Kotayile Sultan, Johnie Walker and High Way to name a few. Deshadanam in 1997 was a milestone in his career. With this film he came to be considered as a serious film maker by critics. His films Kaliyattom in 1997, Karunam in 2000, Shantam in 2000, Daivanamathil in 2005 gave him national recognition. Daivanamathil in 2005, Karunam in 2000 and Shantam in 2000 also won him international acclaim including the Golden Peacock award.

He has made commercial as well as art house cinemas proving himself as an intelligent thought provoking as well as an entertaining director. Mr Jayaraj started a nine series movie project on the Navrasas starting with Karunam, Shantam, Bheebatsam and Adbutham. He has entered the Limca Book of World Records with his movie Adbutham which was shot in a short span of two and a half hours.

Jayaraj is not only a national figure but an international icon in world cinema. His movies portay different yet unique ideas inspired from common people. He is a serious art house as well as a commercial film maker. His exhaustive movie career starting from the year 1988 with his directorial debut, Vidyarambam speaks about his gripping storytelling and clarity of vision.

This is just a short introduction to one of the most versatile and rare directors and undoubtedly a unique phenomenon in Indian cinema. To know more about him and to see him in person, be a part of Shooting Stars 2010, at St Aloysius College, Mangalore on January 29, 2010.

For more details log on to or can contact the Programme convenor- Vivek Kannadi- 9343779794 or the student co-ordinator, Prasanna- 9242988688

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