Jennifer Alphonse’s Telugu short film to be screened at Cannes
Jennifer Alphonse had already bagged an international award and three Nandi Awards for her short film ‘Kachra’. She thought that it would help her to raise funds for her upcoming short film, but in vain. Finally, help came in through her friend, Pitobash. He is an actor and known for films like ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and ‘Shor’ in the City. He liked her script and his entire team supported her going out of the way. He did not charge any fee for his service or support. Several questions rose regarding the need for money for producing a short film, which could be easily shot on a camcorder or mobile phone. According to Jennifer, this is a 27 minute feature film and to make it in a professional way, money is required.
Basi Reddy of Digiquest also proposed to help her with the short film ‘Strangerssss’. The film was completed by the early of January. She sent it for the Cannes International Film Festival. Fortunately, it has been selected to be screened for the non-competitive Short Film Corner category. She has directed and written this film in the city of Hyderabad.
The character of Raju is played by Pitobash. He played the role of a cab driver from Charminar. The role of the foreign passenger is played by Nesa, a student of the Osmania University. Raju started talking about the Charminar as well as other tourist spots located in the city with his passenger. The story takes several turns and includes amazing twists. This short film reveals how a stranger helps someone going out of his way. In the end of the film, audience will understand why ‘ssss’ is emphasized upon in the title.
A number of short films and commercials have been directed by Jennifer, including the public awareness campaigns for Hyderabad police. She had also worked as an associate director for numerous films like Krishnavamsi’s ‘Danger’, ‘Shakti’, ‘Bangaru Kodi Petta’ and ‘Shadow’. Along with documentaries she also hopes to direct feature films. The short film ‘Strangerssss’ has been shoot by Mr. Surya and Michael Makhal gave the music. Jennifer Alphonse hopes that the film will be screened widely in India. In the beginning, audience did not show any interest. But when it got nominated in the Cannes Film Festival, people began to show curiosity in it.
– YS Subramaniam