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Abandonment (2020)

On a turbulent night, a destitute man obtains a deserted wallet full of money, only to find the owner observing him closely. To his surprise, the brooding owner implores him to keep the purse as apparently, he won’t be needing it anymore. Upon further inquir... read more

Completed On: 01 Jun, 2020

Duration: 15 min 0 sec

Genres: Fiction, Short

Country: India

Director: Sagnik Dutta Gupta

Submitted By: Sagnik Dutta Gupta

Abandonment Poster
On a turbulent night, a destitute man obtains a deserted wallet full of money, only to find the owner observing him closely. To his surprise, the brooding owner implores him to keep the purse as apparently, he won’t be needing it anymore. Upon further inquiry, it is revealed that the latter intends to commit suicide before the dawn. All alone in the still of the night, It is up to the poor, yet compassionate man to convince the grief-stricken stranger to change his mind before it is too late.
  • Directors
    Sagnik Dutta Gupta
  • Producers
    Sagnik Dutta Gupta
  • Writers
    Sagnik Dutta Gupta
  • Actors
    Arghya Roy (Thief)
    Mitin Mashi, Satyanweshi Byomkesh
  • Actors
    Soham Guha Pattader (Suicidal man)
    Dwitiyo Purush
  • Cinematographer
    Sankha De
  • Editor
    Pranotosh Mandal
  • Sound Mixing and Dubbing
    Suvo Bhattacharjee
  • Film Type
    Fiction, Short
  • Genres
    Drama,Social,Psychology,Suspense,Depression,Suicide,Zero Budget
  • Runtime
    15 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Jun, 2020
  • Production Budget
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin
    India
  • Country of Filming
    India
  • Film Language
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    Yes

Europe Film Festival
Jury Special Award for Best Drama

Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying)
Selected for Competition

Across the Globe Film Festival
United States
Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Student Film (Runner-up), Best Actor (Runner-up)

Halicarnassus Film Festival
Best Short Drama Film

Onyko Films Awards
Ukraine
Best Director

Cooper Awards
Best Director

Art Film Awards Macedonia
Malaysia
Finalist

International Film Awards Georgia
Semi-finalist

Istanbul Film Awards
Best Debut Filmmaker

1st Monthly Film Festival
Serbia
Best Debut Short Director

Rosebud International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
Greece
Honorable Mention

IE Short Film Festival
Spain
Finalist

Lisbon Film Rendezvous
Semi-finalist

Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival
Semi-finalist

Madras Independent Film Festival
Finalist

Changing Face International Film Festival
Australia
Semi-finalist

Liftoff Global Network
United Kingdom
Official Selection

3rd Meihodo International Youth Visual Media Festival
Japan
Official Selection

Luleå International Film Festival
Sweden
Finalist

FROSTBITE International Indie Fest
United States
Official Selection

Short Shot Fest Moscow
Russia
Official Selection

Anatolian Short Film Festival
Finalist

Košice International Monthly Film Festival
SA
Finalist

Prague International Monthly Film Festival
Finalist

Varese International Film Festival
Italy
Official Selection

Iconic Images Film Festival Lithuania
Official Selection

Festival del Cinema di Cefalù
Italy
Semi-finalist

Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
Brazil
Official Selection

Sunfest International Short Film Festival
Official Selection

World Film Carnival Singapore
Best Debut Filmmaker

Assurdo Film Festival
Italy
Honorable Mention

Golden Art Best Director Award
United Kingdom
Finalist

Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival
Turkey
Official Selection

Vesuvius International Monthly Film Fest
Italy
Official Selection

Golden Harvest Film Festival
Japan
Official Selection

First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
United Kingdom
Official Selection

Bizarrya Short Film Festival
Portugal
Official Selection

Dreamer's Short Film Festival Romania
Romania
Official Selection

Filmarte Short Film Festival
Portugal
Official Selection

Make Art Not Fear Festival
Portugal
Porto
Official Selection

Cinema World Cannes Awards
Finalist

Twilight Tokyo Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

International Kolkata Short Film Festival
Official Selection

Sand Dance Rajasthan International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

3rd Asian International Film Festival
Best Story

Travancore International Film Awards
Semi-finalist

Uruvatti International Film Festival
Best Debut Director

Virgin Spring Cinefest
Best Debut Filmmaker

Tagore International Film Festival
Best Film, Best Debut Filmmaker

Couch Film Festival Ontario
Canada
Best Drama

Cinema4screen Film Festival
Official Selection

Port Blair International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

Cochin International Film Awards
Best Short Film (Jury Award)

Kateye International Film Festival
Best Student Film

Anatolia International Film Festival
Official Selection

Screen Power Film Festival UK
United Kingdom
Special Mention

Eastern Europe Film Festival
Romania
Best Student Film

Mont Blanc International Film Festival Paris
France
Finalist

Global Indie Film Awards
Official Selection

Nawada International Film Festival 2nd Season
India
Official Selection

Independent Film and Short Film Festival
Official Selection

Regina International Film Festival & Awards Canada
Canada
Nominee for Best Student Film

Under The Stars International Film Festival Italy
Italy
Semi-finalist

Lisbon CineFest
Portugal
Nominee

Buenos Aires International Film Festival
Argentina
Official Selection

Bardolino Film Festival Italy
Italy
Official Selection

Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj Kolhapur Festival
Quarter Finalist

Ritu Rangam Film Festival
Official Selection

Iconic Short Cine Awards
Special Mention

In Memory of Ritwik Ghatak Film Fest
3rd Best Film

Indian Creative Minds Film Festival
Official Selection

Cine Star International Online Film Festival
Official Selection

Oasis Inter Continental Film Festival
Best Short Film

Green Petal International Film Festival
Official Selection

South Indian International Film Festival
Best Director, Best Short Film (1st Runner-up), Best Actor

Vintage Reels Film Festival
Official Selection

4th Indian Talents Film Festival
Official Selection

Cine Fair Film Festival
Runner-up

Indian International Film Awards
Best Story, Best short film (1st Runner up)

Reels International Short Film Festival
Official Selection

Best Shorts India
Official Selection

Direct Monthly Online Film Festival
Official Selection

L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival
Best Short (Outstanding Achievement)

Shortfundly Annual Film Festival Chennai
Official Selection

New York Flash Film Festival
United States
Official Selection

New York Movie Awards
United States
Finalist

Stockholm City Film Festival
Sweden
Semi-finalist

NAFCo Film Festival Pennsylvania
United States
Official Selection

Golden Bridge Istanbul Film Festival
Official Selection

Golden Sparrow International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

New Cinema - Lisbon Monthly Film Festival
Finalist

International Film Festival of Andaman & Nicobar
Best Debut Filmmaker

Eastern Europe Film Festival Romania
Best Student Film

Cult Critic Movie Awards
Best Student Film

Golden Earth Film Award
Best Debut Filmmaker

Indo French International Film Festival Pondicherry
Best Debut Filmmaker

Sweden Film Awards
Semi-finalist

Great Asian World Cinema
Best Student Film

Luna Lumen Film Festival
United States
Official Selection

Alternative Film Festival Toronto
Best First Time Filmmaker

Best Shorts India
Runner-up

Mumbai International Short Film Awards
Runner-up

Accord Cine Fest
Finalist

Gold Star Movie Awards
United States
Best Foreign Film

Global Monthly Online Film Competition
Best Director, Best Film

Rameshwaram International Film Festival
Best Film

Golden Bengal Indie Film Meet
Official Selection

White Unicorn International Film Festival
Official Selection

Khamrubu International Short Film Festival
Official Selection

Gona Film Awards
Best Debut Short

Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival
Best Short Film

Roshani International Short Film Festival
Official Selection

Bharat Independent Cinema Festival
Best Drama

Havelock International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

Cine Fern Competition
Official Selection

Ray International Film Festival Tamil Nadu
Best Debut Filmmaker

Wonderland Sydney International Film Festival
Australia
Best Debut Filmmaker

La Dolce Vita Cine Roma
Best Debut Filmmaker

International Open Film Festival Dhaka
Best Debut Filmmaker

Limelight Film Contest
Best Drama Short

Dreamachine International Film Festival USA
United States
Semi-finalist

Golden Short Film Festival Italy
Italy
Official Selection

Ghum Darjeeling International Film Festival
Best Film (Outstanding Achievement)

Green Chilli Gangtok International Film Festival
Best Short

RedWood Film Festival
Best Drama

Continental Film Awards
Best Asian Student Film

The Film Contest
Best Drama Film

New York Independent Aphrodite Film Awards
United States
Official Selection

London International Monthly Film Festival
United Kingdom
Finalist

Johns Hopkins Film Festival USA
United States
Special Mention

Quarantini Monthly Film Festival USA
United States
Official Selection

Shorted India
Official Selection

Scene Awards USA
United States
Official Selection

Beyond Earth Film Festival
Official Selection

Jaipur Film World
Official Selection

PixelsGARAGE Awards of Excellence
Runner Up (Student)

Horbola International Film Festival
Official Selection

Sasee Film Awards
Best Debut Filmmaker

Fillum International Storical & Short Festival
Official Selection

Kalakari Film Fest
Official Selection

Silver Screen Short Awards
Official Selection

Filmy Monks Festival
Official Selection

Mumbai Film Awards
Director of the Year

Gangtok International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

Boden International Film Festival Sweden
Sweden
Finalist

Golden Leaf International Film Festival
Best Debut Filmmaker

Auber International Film Festival Paris
France
Finalist

Bristol Interfest
United States
Official Selection

Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart
Germany
Official Selection

MedFF Italy
Italy
Official Selection

Aphrodite Film Awards USA
United States
Official Selection

Golden Wheat Awards Turkey
Turkey
Official Selection

Top Indie Film Awards
Japan
Nomination - Best Student Film, Best Screenplay, Best Original Idea, Best Editing

Serbia International Youth Film Festival
Serbia
Official Selection

Indie Cine Film Fest

Director's Biography

A 25 year old Indian NIT graduate with a work experience in a big 4 firm, currently a full-time student at IIM Calcutta. As a lifelong cinephile, I have watched over 4000 films, but 'Porityag' (Abandonment) is my first proper venture into the genre of short films. Credit goes to my entire team for making my dream possible. It is really encouraging to see that my debut work has the power to resonate across global barriers, winning hearts at over 80 prestigious film festivals from 15+ countries, garnering more than 40 accolades. This unexpected success has unarguably inspired me to further carve out my niche and present newer and better stories in front of the world.

Director's Statement

The film deals with some socially relevant topics like grief, depression, mental health, suicide and the meaning of life in general. While handling such important themes, it is necessary to toe the line between treating the viewers with respect and not spelling every nuance out for them, and at the same time not be too artsy just for the sake of it.
Our zero budget short is also a little unique considering the complete absence of music and sparse dialogue. We created a dark, looming and lonely visual palette to fit the mood of the story. It is our sincere hope that this refreshing tale of two woebegone strangers meeting each other on a fateful night, will strike a chord with our audience.

2 Reviews
  • interesting script. All the best.

    17 Dec, 2020

    Diyashi Sharma
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thanks

    17 Dec, 2020
  • Nice script. Good work.

    16 Dec, 2020

    Ranojit  Karmokar
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thank you.

    16 Dec, 2020
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  • Having gained critical attention through doing the festival rounds last year, Sagnik Dutta Gupta has earned plenty of plaudits for his directorial debut short “Abandonment”. The movie tackles the mature themes of suicide, depression, and homelessness and

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  • An unassuming little story that addresses some very poignant social issues like mental health and depression from an innocently sweet perspective.

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