Published On: Sat, Feb 4th, 2017

The 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival –BIFFES February 04, 2017

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Highlights of Day 2: Bengaluru February 4, 2017

 

  • Press conference with Mr Shravan Kumar, CEO of Children Film Society India (CFSI) with Mr. S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Mr. Nanjunde Gowda Program Director, KCA and Mr. Narahari Rao – Coordinator

 Mr. Shravan spoke about making India the vanguard of film making globally by focusing on the future directors and creators. He spoke how the right content made with sensitivity will have a larger appeal to adults as well as children. CFSI is exploring different mediums like the web series they are looking to launch in March for reaching children from all sections of the society. He believes quality content will be the key differentiator for commercial success given the plethora of choices we have now to propagate cinema.

Mr. Babu spoke on how the BIFFES has grown year on year, both the number of movies as well as enthusiastic participants. He spoke about the vision of BIFFES, which is to give the kind of value that is associated with international film festivals like Cannes. KCA also mentioned that it is looking to associate with CFSI for creating an exclusively children’s film festival to encourage not only movies for children, but also by the children. It will have workshops on film making for kids. The point that the government gives 25 lakh subsides for children’s film was raised with the warning that movie makers should not take that as an opportunity to exploit the good will of the government by creating low quality films just to get the subsidy. The responsibility of creating good films for children lies on organisations like KCA and it is to be taken seriously.

 

  • Press conference with the Film Directors Mr. Dayal Padmanathan ( Film – Actor, Language – Kannada), Mr. R.Mahantesh ( Film – 6’3’, Language – Kannada) and Mr. G.Prabha ( Film – Ishti, Language – Sanskrit)

Mr. Dayal has been a participant for the past 3 years of BIFFES and he commented that the festival is very competitive and at par with the film festivals he has attended in other countries. He spoke about his movie Actor which was shot in 100 hours for the 100 minute movie with a budget of 47 lakhs. The movie has only 2 characters and wants to convey an anti-suicide message. He was really happy with the project even if it wasn’t commercially successful. He mentioned that he is looking to release the movie digitally as well.

 

Mr. Mahantesh, the director of 6’3” an unusual movie shot in a 6 foot coffin spoke next. This movie is his directorial debut and he made the movie with a budget of approximately 15 lakhs. He was not looking for commercial success but more on getting the message across to society. The laws related to child abuse are very slack in India and he wanted to convey that such acts should not go unpunished. It has not yet had a theater release

Mr. Prabha, a Sanskrit professor and the director of Ishti told that he was feeling very proud to be in the land of Late GV Iyer who made the first Sanskrit movie. Ishti focuses on the dark side of Kerala’s scholar class, the Namboothiris, who denied women education and suppressed them. The 17 year old girl protagonist is the rebel who encourages women in the family she marries into to get educated and challenge the rules. He believes through the movie is set in mid 20th century it is very relevant today because there are still factions who try to hold back women using similar methods, with superstitions and denying education. The movie is made with a subsidy from Kerala Chalanachitra Academy. He also emphasized that Sanskrit is not to be treated as a dead language and the language was spoken by Naboothiris during that period and so lent itself fluidly to take the movie in Sanskrit.

 

  • Masterclass by Mr. Dan Wolman (Israel) and Mr. Jacek Fulsiewicz (Poland)

The engaging Mr. Wolman, a veteran Israeli filmmaker, spoke on the different challenges he has faced making films and creative solutions he found to solve them. Film making in Israel is not encouraged the way other arts like ballet are and are given limited resources. One of the ways he found to work around this is have sporadic film shootings and working on multiple projects. He found this helpful in fine tuning and correcting the movie on the go, reducing the costs. Also the creative solutions posed by the problems of sporadic shooting gives a different feel to the movie. He gave examples like how changing hairstyles of an actress was solved by using a bath towel on her head. He emphasized the need to look at the world with fresh eyes which will create opportunities for movie making, like approaching a shoe factory for production of a movie about a cobbler. He also felt that new directors should work on their craft by making short films with a minimum of production and razor focus on storytelling.

Mr. Jacek Fuksiewicz – adviser to the Polish Filmmakers Association, explained the Polish film making model which lays a huge emphasis on scripts. The Polish Film Institute who funds most of the Polish films allocates about half of the funds solely for writing and rewriting scripts and only half is used for the actual production of the film. He pointed out that clarity in script leads to lesser production costs and better movies. He also explained the key elements looked for by the Institute for the evaluation of a script, such as the drama or the conflict which holds the movie together. He also gave practical advice on how to market films and how young film makers should start with short films of 30 minute length made with small budgets to hone their craft.

There was also a screening of the short film ‘The Living’ by Dan Wolman.

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