The season of festivals is upon us again, and Kolkata International Film Festival grows a year older. This year is the 21st year of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). It has come a long way indeed, and has become bigger and better. From last year, like most others, a proper competition was introduced, and it was very well-received. This year, it is expected to produce the same enthusiastic response.
The 2015 edition will feature 149 films from 61 countries in 15 categories, to be screened across 12 locations from November 14 to 21. This year, for the second time, the Royal Bengal Trophy will be awarded to the best film and the best director of films directed by women. This is unique in a way – that the competition focuses on films directed by women. The cash award for the best film is the single largest cash award at any international film festival in India now. A whopping 121 entries were received but only 14 were selected for this segment.
As many as 176 films have been selected for the short and documentary segment, which has also been made into a competitive element.
Actor Rahul Bose will deliver the Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture.
The official AV of KIFF 2015
The inaugural ceremony of the KIFF will be graced by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Moushumi Chatterjee and Vidya Balan, among other luminaries. Sharmila Tagore is also the chairperson of the jury that will decide the recipients of the Royal Bengal Trophies (last year chaired Amol Palekar). The other jury members are Bai Ling, Filip Marczewski, Samuel Maoz and Swarna Mallawarachchi.
Several new initiatives have been launched this year to make the festival more attractive.
A short film festival for the masses called 'My KIFF' has been started. Any visitor to the festival will be allowed to make a short film on KIFF. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony and a specially-designed miniature terracotta replica of a camera will be presented to the winner. The winning entry will be preserved at Nandan.
A flash dance was held on November 10 as a build-up to KIFF.
For the first time, the Kolkata International Film Festival will include a section on sports films. However, Hollywood remains the main focus this year and for that, posters and hoardings have been put up all over the city. These ads have been designed to pay homage to some of the prime Hollywood studios.
A poster drawing competition has also been organised. Design a poster and post it on the official Facebook page of KIFF 2015 (https://www.facebook.com/kiffofficial/). The best three will win exciting prizes and will also be features at the Nandan premises during the duration of the festival. The last date for submission is November 15.
Visit the following link and click on the names of the venues to get the list of films being shown at each place: KIFF 2015 SCHEDULE.
Enjoy the Kolkata International Film Festival 2015 theme song here
You can also download it, the Bengali version as well as the English version, and download as a mobile ringtone. It has been created by Ratul Shankar, and features Indrajit Dey, Abhishek Mallick, Arnab Mazumdar, Subir Ray, Rohan Roy, Saukat Hussain Khan and Krishna Das Bairagya.
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