In recent years, Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) has been taking big strides. Films screened at the festival now have a much wider appeal. Quality and mass appeal are the two cornerstones. Then, from last year, a much-needed competition section was also added. A competition section is a must for attracting better films; incentive of award always counts.
This year, that is, in 2015, KIFF is going to take another big leap. The West Bengal government's showpiece event is going to give monetary rewards to the much-appreciated competitive section on films by women directors, introduced in 2014. The best film will fetch $80,000 and the best female director will walk away with $33,000, a certificate and the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger trophy. There will also be a special jury award in this competition category.
A few conditions are planned to be added by the festival authority this time to ensure a certain standard. The films need to be fiction feature films of over one hour duration and should have been produced after September 2014. They must not have been released in India. The films should preferably be screened in their original versions. The KIFF organising committee is also trying to get producers to host international premieres as part of the festival.
To give more credibility to the awards, two-thirds of the jury members are going to be from overseas.
Another change would be in terms of the dates. According to reports, the film festival, which is normally held between November 10 and 17, will take place between November 14 and 21 this year as Kali Puja is on November 10. More stars from the world of Hindi films, besides the regulars, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, are planned to be invited this year.
Some of the new sections being planned for KIFF 2015 are
competitions in the Asian category
screening of international cinema in the non-competition category too (films not selected for the competition can be screened in this category)
New Horizon section for promising new directors
special screenings of exceptional documentaries and experimental features
separate categories for Indian-language films and for Bengali panorama
special tributes to master film-makers
separate categories for films on children, literature, music and sports
Written by Anushtup Haldar for Team M3.tv
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