With the recent rise in young and enthusiastic Nepali movie makers, the rise in Nepali short movies is also evident. There are several Nepali short movies in +YouTube and other media platforms and this is where Chhoto TV comes in.
Chhoto TV is a website with a collection of short movies mostly Nepali. It's an online portal where users can experience short movies published by creative personels. +Swapnil Acharya, a visual designer and owner of design company +Expresiv Studios, along with his partner +Chandan Goopta an engineer, is the man behind this project. Both of them worked together in a short movie last year, and now they've teamed up for Chhoto TV, their pet project besides the main work.
So why this and why now? Mr. Acharya answers:
Right now the problem with short film scene in Nepal is that there are so many great films made but they're not discovered or they aren't on YouTube at all. When you search for "Nepali short films" in Youtube, you end up with random videos or skits that don't necessarily qualify as short films.
We wanted the discovery to be easier, thus decided to handpick the best ones ourselves and present it to our viewers. Actually, the project comes out as a result of my own frustration - and I hope this will help many more people who love short films like I do.Something interesting is that Chhotu, the Himalayan Red Panda is the mascot used for Chhoto TV as it's also seen in the logo. The main idea to use the panda is to have something native that could represent Nepal. as Mr Acharya mentions:
I'd like to portray him as a film watching companion. After all, we mostly watch films with our friends, right?With the target audience Nepalese and everyone who either understands or is interested in watching Nepali movies, it seems logical to have all the short Nepali movies in one place as it will be featuring mostly Nepali short films made by Nepali people. Apart from that, interesting videos about Nepal would also make its way in Chhoto TV.
Mr Acharya's final words for enthusiastic young film makers:
A lot of young people are very interested in making short films - I urge them to make more and more films so the creativity of the next gen Nepali comes out well. Owning digital equipment's to shoot/edit a film is easy nowadays, but I still see we're struggling with content - I look forward to see richer quality films in the future. And I want Chhoto.tv to be a system of encouragement and reward for them.As for now, do enjoy some amazing Nepali short movies through their site Chhoto.tv and also connect to them through Facebook or Twitter.