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Indian Filmmakers Need To Understand The Importance Of Distributing Their Films In The US: Guneet Monga At IFFI 2023

Guneet Monga along with sound designer Resul Pookutty sat down for a masterclass at IFFI 2023 to unravel that mystery of winning the Academy Award.

Aanchal Sharma

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IFFI 2023: Guneet Monga, Carter Pilcher and Resul Pookutty
IFFI 2023: Guneet Monga, Carter Pilcher and Resul Pookutty. (Image: ScreenBox)

THE Oscar Award excites imagination. There is no one in films who doesn’t wish to win an Oscar. It is a recognition of what can arguably be called the highest stage of cinematic excellence in the world. For a very long time, Indians thought Oscars were beyond their realm. Then one day, Bhanu Athaiya broke that glass ceiling.

Later, thanks to the wins of people like AR Rahman, Resul Pookutty and now MM Keeravani, Guneet Monga and Kartiki Gonsalves, Indians have started believing Oscar to be within reach. But the ways of winning the Oscar remain a mystery. On Thursday, Oscar-winning filmmaker Guneet Monga along with sound designer Resul Pookutty sat down for a masterclass at IFFI 2023 to unravel that mystery of winning the Academy Award. 

For the unversed, Guneet Monga has produced close to 30 feature films including The Lunchbox, Masaan and Gangs of Wasseypur, all of which received critical acclaim at prestigious international festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Sundance. Most recently, Guneet produced The Elephant Whisperers which won at the Academy Awards 2023 for the Best Documentary Short Film category.

Carter Pilcher is the Chief Executive of ShortsTV. It is the first and only 24/7 HD TV channel dedicated to short movies and is available in approximately 130 million households across the US, Latin America, Europe and India. Carter is a voting member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

Resul Pookutty’s work as a sound designer, production mixer, sound effects, foley editor and post-production re-recording mixer, has brought Indian cinema sound to a new level and international acclaim. His work in Slumdog Millionaire won him the prestigious Academy Award@ of Merit, more popularly known as Oscars.

Speaking at the festival, Guneet highlighted the importance of getting Indian films distributed in the US. The filmmaker said that several filmmakers in India do not understand the importance of distributing a film through distributors in the US as it increases the film’s chances to go ahead in the race of global recognition. She added that it was because of distributing her film The Elephant Whisperer via Netflix that helped her get ahead in the race.

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