BIFFES Promises a World Cinema Montage - The New Indian Express

BIFFES Promises a World Cinema Montage

Published: 24th December 2013 10:49 AM

Last Updated: 24th December 2013 10:49 AM

The sixth Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) is gearing up for a grand opening featuring chief minister Siddaramaiah and film personality Kamal Haasan at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, Central College on December 26 at 5.30 pm. The event will be presided by state minister for food and civil supplies with ministers of different portfolios attending as well, like K J George, Ambarish and Umashree. Members of parliament Ramya and P C Mohan, mayor B S Satyanarayana, president, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, H D Gangaraju, actors Sudeep and Radhika Pandit have also confirmed their presence.

The guests of honour are Pouran Derakshandeh, an Iranian director, and Heinz Georg Badewitz who is festival director, Hof Film Festival, Germany.

The festival will open with Bekas (Iraq) directed by Karzan Kader, followed by five screenings per day at the seven venues.

“We have also planned for a gala closing ceremony where governor H K Bhardwaj and actor Darshan will be present. BIFFES will close with The Rocket (Australia) directed by Kim Mordaunt,” says executive director N R Vishnukumar

While most prints of the films have arrived and the final  schedule of screening timings and venues is still in the making.

What’s on offer apart from films to watch sounds interesting too. “There will be a panel discussion on marketing of regional films in international markets on December 27 followed by The Digital Experience: Talking Red, Alexa and Black Magic on December 29. We will also have a workshop on The Digital Edge: Sound Capture on Location conducted by Nihar Samal on December 30,” says artistic director, H N Narahari Rao and adds, “Till date, we had delegates being part of the inaugural ceremony but this time we want the audience to be part of it. There’s an audience choice  award which will be selected through nominations for  the ‘favourite film’, made by cine-goers themselves.”

To avoid mistakes of the festival’s past, organisers are making sure that no shows are cancelled or postponed, once announced. “We have also tied up with theatres which have bigger seating capacity, this time, says Narahari.

The organisers are yet to decide on issuance of daily passes, which were quite popular last year. “As of now, we have a public registration of 2,000 and we hope to cross 3,000 in a few days. This includes invitees and mediapersons. Depending on the demand, we will arrange for daily passes. We are hoping that this BIFFES is a memorable one,” explains Narahari.

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