Harkat has always considered itself as a third space in the context of showcasing moving images. It’s not an industrial cinema with its obsession with reproducibility or a museum with a similar liking for the art object. Harkat is not an institution but it still uses institutional frameworks coupled with the freedom to break the space and allow it to transform to suit the work and the viewer.
After three years of continuously showcasing and curating diverse film programmes at Harkat, a 16mm film festival in it’s fourth edition and an artists film lab in Mumbai, here is presenting Kati Patang, an ongoing film exhibition festival that simply showcases films that are lost, forgotten and are seekers' finds. Films that fall through the cracks of the organised and systemic world. The intent is to curatorially approach exhibition, seed a platform for critical discourse and facilitate meaning making in context, production and approach.
Kati Patang is intended to transform itself across spaces, constantly interrogating and disrupting the way one views film. Whether being presented in the Harkat Virtual Cinema or physical spaces on our analog 8/16/35mm and digital projectors, the thrust of the programme will always be to gracefully put a spotlight on the so-called fringe. We want to give these films a context where they can come alive; to let them jump off the screen and into real life in every aspect.
Kati Patang screenings will happen in a physical space as well as in a virtual 'cinema', allowing us to facilitate global conversations around films - from virtual Q&A’s involving filmmakers overseas, to the transcontinental audience we had by virtue of an internet platform.
This year, Harkat Studios invites you to submit to our monthly film festival, Kati Patang. We seek submissions by any and all filmmakers. There are no restrictions. If you’ve made a film you think needs to be seen, send it to us!
Harkat is an international boutique arts studio with a passion for film, new media, community art spaces and contemporary art. Based in Mumbai & Berlin, Harkat takes many forms and identities across disciplines & related creative industries. As an alternative performance & arts space, we have hosted more than 300 shows in the mediums of theatre, film, music, community projects & contemporary art. Harkat also runs the annual 16mm Film Festival. Conceived with the idea of re-connecting with the celluloid medium, we have screened a number of works made on film and programmed diverse workshops around the use of celluloid.
- Films can be from all languages but must have English subtitles at the time submitted.
- The festival reserves the right to accept or reject any work presented based on the content that is reviewed by our team.
- By Submitting you allow Harkat Studios to use press materials from the film for promotional purposes.
- After a film has been selected for the film competition, the filmmakers will be notified via email only. The selected films will be screened at Harkat Studios, along with a simultaneous virtual screening.
- All entry fees are non-refundable.