Nishat Rizvi's “Ek Call” launches a poster design competition; gets worldwide entries
05/09/2013

Ek Call (The Call) by Mumbai based filmmaker Nishat Rizvi, uses an innovative poster design competition to determine the ‘face’ of her short film. Ek Call promises to take the winning poster to Cannes thus getting the attention of designers worldwide.

Online PR News – 09-May-2013 – Mumbai, India – Ek Call (The Call) by Mumbai based filmmaker Nishat Rizvi, uses an innovative poster design competition to determine the ‘face’ of her short film.

Ek Call promises to take the winning poster with them to Cannes thus getting the attention of designers worldwide.

“The entire filmmaking was guerilla shooting, all the participants came together for the love of the art and so it seemed only fair that we carry that spirit through for the poster of the film as well,” said Rizvi.

The competition was launched on May 2nd with a May 7th deadline but due to popular demand and numerous requests, the deadline for the entries has been extended until 9pm on May 9th, 2013 (Bombay time).

EK Call has been a labor of love for more than more than a year. This short tale about a young groom-to-be captures the hustle and bustle of Delhi’s Haus Khas through the lens of cinematographer Abhijeet Abde.

To begin with, the script was read by Rizvi’s family and close friends in the US, India and Australia who provided invaluable feedback. Then during production, given the shoestring budget, the film shoot dates changed three times.

Rizvi sees screening her film at one of the world’s top film festivals as an important step in her career.

"It's a huge honor and pure delight to have Ek Call be included at the Cannes Short Film Corner. Its a festival that I grew up admiring and the entire team is very excited for us to be able to premiere here and to be able to meet the talented team members of the other films," said Rizvi

Ek Call written, directed and produced by Rizvi will be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner on May 15-26 in France.

Ek Call is the only film from India at the Short Film Corner that has a female writer, director and producer at its helm.

Synopsis
Ek Call is the conversational journey of two brothers. While their banter seems ordinary, it brings up the eternal debate about appreciating the love that we have versus looking back on the love that could have been. The movie shows a groom on the eve of his wedding wrestling with marrying his fiancé or going after a love that got away.

About the filmmaker
Nishat Rizvi is an American-Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. She calls Palo Alto home and has been making films since she was 13 when her father gave her a video camera. After college, Nishat did a brief stint in the tech industry, but filmmaking it was to be. She then started to focus on writing and documentary filmmaking in San Francisco. The final chapter was a move to India a couple of years ago to connect with her Indian roots. While in India, Nishat has assisted on a Spanish film called Night Falls in India, an Indian crossover film called Gandhi of the Month and two Indian films called My Friend Pinto and Kurbaan.

Future projects
Her second film is a non-fiction film about blind masseuses and is in the editing stage. She will then be focusing on an unconventional silent film. Apart from making her own films, Nishat feels very strongly about mentoring new talent and connecting cast and crew for others film projects. "Quite frequently, Nishat can be found chatting at length with newcomers about their career plans", says a coworker.

About the cast and crew
Ek Call epitomizes the spirit of independent cinema by bringing together actors who pooled their talent to make this small budget film. The film features Asheesh Kapur and newcomer Shivam Bhargava in lead roles. It was filmed by Abhijeet Abde and edited by Abhijit Chhabra. The executive producer of the film is Aditya Singh who has played a key role in a number of Indian film productions.

Contact Information
Nishat Rizvi, Director
nishat.rizvi@gmail.com
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3597899/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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