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The 12th Bengaluru International Film Festival –BIFFES February 26 – March 4, 2020 Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, February 22, 2020:- The 12th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival will be held in Bengaluru.  The Inauguration of the Festival will be held on the evening of Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and Closing Ceremony and award distribution on the evening of Wednesday March 4, 2020.


The Festival will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka,  Sri B. S. Yediyurappa at Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in the presence of  multilingual actors  Mr. Yash & Ms. Jayaprada ,  veteran Bollywood film Producer  Mr. Boney Kapoor and celebrated playback singer Mr. Sonu Nigam.


The Iranian film “Cinema Khar” (English title – Cinema Donkey), directed by Shahed Ahmedlou will be the opening film.


The closing event will be held at Vidhana Soudha and His Excellency, the Governor of Karnataka Sri Vajubhai Vala has kindly consented to present the awards to the winners of the Competitions under Asian, Indian and Kannada films Sections.


The closing film is the Israeli film “Golden Voices” directed by Evgeny Ruman.


Regular screenings for the Delegates will commence on  February  27, 2020

The screenings will be held at 11 screens – PVR Cinemas – ORION MALL, Rajajinagar,

                                                                                           Navarang Theatre, Rajajinagar

                                                                                           Dr. Rajkumar Bhavan, Kannada Kalavidara Sangha

                                                                                           Suchitra Film Society, Banashankari II Stage



The Content of the Festival:  Nearly about   225 films – from about 60 Countries – under various categories

Highlights of the Festival Films:


1.      Competition Sections : Asian Competition

                                                                  Indian Competition

                                                                  Kannada Competition

                                                                 Kannada Popular Entertainment

2.      Contemporary Cinema of world
3.      Country Focus :          Germany, Philippines, Australia
4.      Retrospectives :    Andrei Takovosky,    Director from Russia

                                                      Anant Nag, Multi lingual Actor


 5.      Showcasing of films made in little known Indian dialects under special section “Unsung Incredible India”


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, Venice, Toronto, Goa, Mumbai, Kerala etc.,

BIFFES has two special sections: FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Film Critics Award Winners and NETPAC Award winners, which are always the unique features of our event.

A special section focusing on the festival theme “Indian Traditional Music and Cinema” includes biographical films on pioneers of Indian classical music and also on musical films.

There will also be a special section on Biographical pictures generally referred to as “BIOPICS” which includes features/documentaries made on film makers, Writers, Artists , Musicians etc.,  The section includes films on Russian Director Andrei Tarkovsky,  Singer Helen Reddy, eminent Kannada writers Mr. S.L. Bhyrappa & Mr. Chandrashekara Kambar, Hindustani Classical Musicians Dr. Rajeev Taranath & Ms. Lalith Rao, and Ace Cinematographer V.K. Murthy

Left to Right – Mr. Himantharaju, Mr. Vidyashankar, Mr. Siddharamappa, Mr. Suneel Puranik and Mr. Dinesh HB

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 is also expected for the inaugural event.


Indian delegates include filmmakers, Film Festival organisers/Programmers, Journalists and critics from Bengal, Maharashra, Rajasthan, North East, Delhi, Telangana, Kerala and Tamilnadu.


Workshops, Seminars and Master Classes will also be held during the course of the Festival, in  one of the screens at PVR cinemas.


For details of all the films to be presented in the festival and the academic activities please visit the official website


Delegate Registration through Book My Show portal continues till February 24, 2020 and offline at

Office of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (BIFFes camp), Kannada Chalanachitra Amrutotsava Bhavan, Circular Road, Nandini Layout, Bengaluru-560096,  till February 26, 2020.


Delegate fee:  Rs. 800/- for General public, and Rs 400/- for Students, Film Society members, and KFCC film family.

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