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The 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival –BIFFES February 2 – 9, 2017

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The 9th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival will be held in Bengaluru and Mysuru Simultaneously.

 

The Inauguration of the Festival will be held on the evening of Thursday, February 2, 2017,  in  front of  Vidhana Soudha  at 6.00 PM.

 

Hon’ble Chief Minister, Sri. Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the festival.

 

The distinguished guests include Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Eminent Bengali Filmmaker,  

Ms. Hala Khalil, Renowned Egyptian Filmmaker, Shri. Puneet Rajkumar, Popular Kannada Cinema Star. Masters of Ceremony:    Well known Actors SuhasiniManiratnam and Ramesh Arvind

Regular screenings for the Delegates will commence on February 3, 2017. The screenings will be held at 11 screens -PVR  Cinemas,  Rajajinagar, Bengaluru,    4 screens  -INOX Cinemas,  Mall of Mysuru

 

The Content of the Festival:   Total 240 films – about 60 Countries  -  under various categories

Highlights of the Festival Films:

 

Competition Section : Asian Cinema Competition

                                                   Indian Cinema Competition

                                                   Kannada Cinema Competition

                                                Kannada Popular Entertainment Cinema

 

N.Vishukumar, M Lakshminarayanan, Rajendra Singh Babu, Vidyashankar

Like in the previous editions, there will also be an additional International Jury for Kannada Cinema which will culminate in a special NETPAC (Network For Promotion of Asian Cinema) award. A new Critics jury coordinated by International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Indian Cinema competition is instituted from this edition.

 

The other sections are:

  • Contemporary Cinema of world
  • Country Focus : Luxembourg,  Vietnam  and Egypt
  • Directors’ Retrospectives :Zoltan Fabri of Hungary, Haskell  Wexler from USA (Docus)& Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Bengal – India)
  • Artist Retrospective :  Smt. Harini– Kannada
  • Classic Cult  Comedies  from France
  • Unsung Incredible India:Films from lesser known Indian dialects likeTulu, Kodava, Banjara, Khasi, Wancho, Sikkim etc.
  • Bio Pics:      Biographical pictures include films on Poet Neruda,Filmmaker Fritz Lang, Artist Van Gogh, PhilosopherLouis Andrea Salome, Scholar M. M. Kalburgi and singer Mohammed  Rafi
  • Critics Award winning films:    Films which have won awards  in various other filmFestivals under   FIPRESCI Juries. All the films in this Section are directed by Women.
  • The theme of the festival would be  “WOMEN  POWER”  as nearly  25 films under International Cinema are directed by Women.
  • Films which have won awards at other festivals under NETPAC Juries (Network For Promotion of Asian Cinema)
  • SPECIAL 125th YEAR  BIRTH  ANNIVERSARY  REMEMBRANCE OF  DR.  B.R.  AMBEDKAR
  • Centenary Tributes:  G. V  Iyer, B.S. Ranga,  M.K. Indira  and Kempraj Urs
  • Homages:     J. Jayalalitha,  Balamurali Krishna,  Om Puri, Dr. Ashok Pai,Srihari Khoday, Sanket Kashi, Abbas  Kiarostami (Iran),  Andrzej Wajda (Poland)Jacques Rivette, Raoul  Cottard(France),  Paul Cox (Australia)
  • 50 years in Kannada Cinema:  Pranaya Raja Srinath 

Quite a good number of films in Asian Category and rest of the World  have reputation of having participated in other major international film festivals of Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Goa, Mumbai, Kerala etc., and also won awards.  There are nearly 30 films which are premiering in India.

 

Films made by world renowned filmmakers such as  Asghar Farhadi from Iran, Ken Loach from UK,  Kim Ki Duk from South Korea, Cristian Mungiu from Romania, Emir Kusturica  from Serbia, Xavier Dolan from Canada, Pierre & Luc Dardenne from Belgium, Pablo Larrain from Chile,  Hirakozu Koreeda from Japan, Maurice Pialatand Mia Hansen Love from France, Haskell Wexler from USA  and many more.

List of some significant films attached.

Invited Delegates:

 

Invited delegates will include film makers, journalists, Film Critics, Film festival Programmers, Academicians etc., from across the world. Large participation of Foreign Consulate officials, Foreign cultural organization representatives in India from Delhi and Bengaluru is also expected. Indian delegates include filmmakers, Film Festival organisers and critics from Bengal, Odissa, Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

 

Workshops, Seminars and Master Classes will also be held during the course of the Festival.

The scheduled programmes are:

 

  1. Special  interaction with Mr. A. Suryaprakash,  Chairman of Prasara Bharati to be moderated by veteran journalist Mr. Hunasawadi Rajan
  2. 2.       Exchange of views   with Mr Shravan Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Film Society, India and Prof. Raghunath of Indian Institute of Management with regard to Production and Marketing of Films.
  3. Dadasaheb Award Winner Late V.K. Murthy memorial  lectures to be delivered by Mr. Mahesh Aney, Ace Cinematographer from Mumbai known for his works like “Swades”  and Mr. Rajiv Menon Well known Cinematographer from Chennai known  for films “Bombay”, “Guru”  etc.,
  4. Master Classes by Tamil film maker  Vetrimaaran and Israeli filmmaker  Mr Dan Wolman
  5. Special discussion on Global Marketing of Regional Cinema – Participants include Mr. Rajat Goswami of Basil Content, Mumbai,  Mr. Gujar, Custard Apple, Mumbai,  Kiran Bhartur from Canada and Mr. K. Sai Prasad of Orion Digital, Bengaluru
  6. Seminar on “Women Power” in the film world and film content – to be organized by some women groups of Bengaluru under Janavadi Mahila Sanghatane with participation of visiting Women directors from abroad.
  7.  Book release – Kannada translation of biography originally written in Marathi on the renowned Director/actor of yesteryears Gurudutt followed by interaction between Film Critics from across the world attending the festival.

All the above events are scheduled to be held in one of the screens at PVR cinemas.

 

Closing Ceremony and award distribution on the evening of Thursday February 9, 2017, at Mysuru in front of Mysuru Palace. His Excellency, the Governor of Karnataka will confer the awards to the winners. All the invited guests and distinguished celebrities will participate. Kannada film industry will present the cultural show.  Also there will be a dance show by NirupamaRajendra Group.

Delegate Registration:

 

Delegate registration can be made at: Badami House, N.R. Square, Suchitra Film Society, BSK Stage  Premises, Information Dept Office,  Infantry Road,  Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce Premises in Bengaluru and Information Department Office at Mysuru.

 

Online registration facility is also available.

 

Delegate fee: Rs. 600/- for General   public, and Rs 300/- for Students, Film Society members, Senior citizens and KFCC film family.

 

More than 2000 delegates have already requested for registration.

H B Dinesh, N.Vishukumar, M Lakshminarayanan, Rajendra Singh Babu, Vidyashankar

9thBIFFES  (2 Feb – 9 Feb 2017) SIGNIFICANT MOVIES LIST

 

  1. THE SALESMAN – IRAN – Directed By AsgharFarhadi
  2. I, DANIEL BLAKE – UK – Directed By Ken Loach
  3. A MAN CALLED OVE – SWEDEN – Directed By Hannes Holm
  4. PARADISE – RUSSIA – Directed by AndreyKonchalovskiy
  5. NERUDA – CHILE – Directed by Pablo Lorrain
  6. LOU ANDREAS SALOME -  GERMANY – Directed by CordulaKablitz-Post
  7. AQUARIUS – BRAZIL – Directed by KleberMendonçaFilho
  8. CLASH – EGYPT – Directed by Mohamed Diab
  9. NAWARA – EGYPT – Directed by Hala Khalil
  10. IT`S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD – CANADA – Directed by Xavier Dolan
  11. SINK – SOUTH AFRICA – Directed by Brett Michael Innes
  12. GRADUATION – ROMANIA – Directed by CristianMungiu
  13. GLORY – BULGARIA – Directed By Kristina Grozeva, PetarValchanov
  14. HEART STONE – ICELAND – Directed by GuðmundurArnarGuðmundsson
  15. IN BETWEEEN – ISRAEL – Directed by MaysalounHamoud
  16. MELLOW MUD – LATVIA – Directed by RenarsVimba
  17. INDIVISIBLE – ITALY – Directed by Edoardo De Angelis
  18. THE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN|ARGENTINA|Directed by GastónDuprat, Mariano Cohn
  19. THE CONSTITUTION – CROATIA – Directed by RajkoGrlic
  20. THE STUDENT – RUSSIA | ESTONIA – Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov
  21. THE TEACHER – SLOVAKIA – Directed by Jan Hrebejk
  22. THE NET – SOUTH KOREA – Directed by KIM KI DUK
  23. THE AGE OF SHADOWS – SOUTH KOREA – Directed by Jee-Woon Kim
  24. WAREHOUSED – MEXICO – Directed by Jack ZaghaKababie
  25. COLD OF KALANDAR – TURKEY – Directed by Mustafa Kara
  26. SAMI BLOOD – SWEDEN – Directed by Amanda Kernell
  27. KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER – CHINA -
  28. AFTER THE STORM – JAPAN – Directed by HirokazuKoreeda
  29. CHILDREN OF THE MOUNTAIN – GHANA – Directed by Priscilla Anany
  30. DEATH IN SARAJEVO – BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Directed by DanisTanovic
  31. WHITE SUN – NEPAL – Directed by Deepak Rauniyar
  32. LA VACHE – ALGERIA – Directed by Mohamed Hamidi
  33. THE BRIBE OF HEAVEN – COLUMBIA – Directed by Lisandro Duque Naranjo
  34. TRAMONTANE – LEBANON – Directed by  VatcheBoulghourjian
  35. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki –FINLAND – Directed by  JuhoKuosmanen

The other sections are:

1.      Contemporary Cinema of world

2.      Country Focus : Luxembourg,  Vietnam  and Egypt

3.      Directors’ Retrospectives :Zoltan Fabri of Hungary, Haskell  Wexler from USA (Docus)

& Buddhadeb Dasgupta (Bengal – India)

4.      Artist Retrospective :  Smt. Harini– Kannada

5.       Classic Cult  Comedies  from France

6.      Unsung Incredible India:             Films from lesser known Indian dialects like

Tulu, Kodava, Banjara, Khasi, Wancho, Sikkim etc.

7.      Bio Pics:      Biographical pictures include films on Poet Neruda,

                        Filmmaker Fritz Lang, Artist Van Gogh, Philosopher

                        Louis Andrea Salome, Scholar M. M. Kalburgi and singer Mohammed  Rafi

8.      Critics Award winning films:    Films which have won awards  in various other film

Festivals under   FIPRESCI Juries. All the films in this Section are directed by Women.

9.      The theme of the festival would be  “WOMEN  POWER”  as nearly  25 films under International Cinema are directed by Women.

10.Films which have won awards at other festivals under NETPAC Juries (Network For Promotion of Asian Cinema)

 

11.    SPECIAL 125th YEAR  BIRTH  ANNIVERSARY  REMEMBRANCE OF  DR.  B.R.  AMBEDKAR

12.Centenary Tributes:  G. V  Iyer, B.S. Ranga,  M.K. Indira  and Kempraj Urs

13.Homages:     J. Jayalalitha,  Balamurali Krishna,  Om Puri, Dr. Ashok Pai,

Srihari Khoday, Sanket Kashi, Abbas  Kiarostami (Iran),  Andrzej Wajda (Poland)

Jacques Rivette, Raoul  Cottard(France),  Paul Cox (Australia)

50 years in Kannada Cinema:  Pranaya Raja Srinath

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