International Film Festival of India in a new avatar

Wed, September 26, 2012 2:43pm IST by
International Film Festival of India in a new avatar

IFFI Goa will be technically superior and have better infrastructure this year

The 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is going to be technically superior to previous fare, an organiser of the festival said Monday. According to Vishnu Wagh, Vice-Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), which is one of the two agencies in charge of hosting the festival that takes place here annually, also said that the Goa government is also looking at setting up a film city and an entertainment hub in the state.

“We are in the process of upgrading the production facilities. The AK Bir committee is in the process of making an audit of the available infrastructure as well as recommending additional infrastructure for the event,” Wagh, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator, told reporters in Panaji. The AK Bir committee – which also has among its members Govind Nihalani, Kishwar Desai, Prasoon Joshi, Nandita Das, Pritish Nandy and Shabana Azmi – is currently evaluating the available infrastructure used for screening the several hundred films and documentaries at each festival.

The brief given to the committee consists of preparing an audit of current facilities as well as coming up with suggestions to improve and enhance the film viewing experience at the IFFI, which is jointly hosted by the central government’s union Ministry for Information and Broadcasting and the state government’s ESG.

Wagh said one of the rub-offs of the IFFI was making Goa a legible point on the film and entertainment map of India. “The creation of infrastructure is the biggest plus which comes along with the IFFI. Our target is to use the impact of the IFFI and the reach it gives us to create a film city as well as an entertainment hub for Goa,” Wagh said.

The IFFI will be held in Goa in November 2012.

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  • PRADIP BISWAS

    PRADIP BISWAS, THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPERS, JURY MEMBER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA,IFFI, FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FIIF, SWISS, CURATOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS SAYS;

    A.K.BIR IS AN OUTSTANDING LENSMAN AND SERIOUS MOST FILMMAKER OF INDIA. RISING FROM ORISSA, A.K.BIR COMES TO OCCUPY A LARGER SPACE IN IDIAN CINEMA AND VERY HONESTLY CONTRIBUTED TO ITS GROWTH AND AESTHETIC FLOURISH. HE IS THE ONE DIRECTOR WHOSE FILMS SUCH AS LABANYA-PRITY, BAJA AND ARANAYAKA SEEM TO HAVE UPGRADED THE SCALE OF SERIOUS CINEMA FROM INDIA TO BORDEE ON GLOBAL CINEMA. HIS FILMS ARE IN FORM AND CONTENT SIMPLE BUT WITH A AN ARTISTIC FLAVOUR AND SOCIAL VALUES, NOW FOUND LOSING.

    FOR A.K.BIR CINEMA IS MANY TAKES AND A DIRECTOR CAN TAKE LIBERTY TO HARNESS IT THE WAY HE WANTS IT. SO FAR A.K.BIR’S FILMS ONE AFTER ANOTHER HAVE NOT ONLY SHOW HOW ELLIPSES AND METAPHORS WORK IN A VERY SIBTLE WAY. WHILE WATCHING HIS AS JURY MEMBER, I HAVE FOUND THEM VERY PROVOKING AND PROBING SOCIAL MICROBES THAT EAT-UP THE

    VITALS OF OUR SOULS FROM WITHIN. HIS LOVE AND PASSION FOR MAKING FILMS CONCERNING ORDINARY PEOPLE, REALISTIC, VERY REALISTIC MILIEU PULSATING AND OPEN THE WOUNDS OF OUR SOULS.INGENUITY PLUS CREATIVE ZEN MAKE HIS FILMS TOP-GRADE NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE MERELY ARTISTIC BUT THEY ARE ALSO SIMULTANEOUSLY STAMP OF OUR TENEBROUS REALITY. OUR REALITY IS OFTEN GRAY, GRIMY AND RESTRICTED AND THE MARGINAL PEOPLE ARE JUST PATSY OF THE DISTRESS-FULL MILIEU THEY LIVE IN.

    IN HAND CINEMA FINDS AN UNIQUE CRYSTAL BALL, THE OBJECT OF OUR DESIRE. A.K.BIR IS NOT AMBITIOUS DIRECTOR AND NEVER RUN AFTER THE UNATTAINABLE. AS FAR AS I KNOW APURBA, HE IS QUIET, SEDATE AND CALM ARTIST WHO PUSHES ASIDE THE MAINSTREAM ASPECTS OF THE MILL OF THE CONVENTIONAL. HIS FILM DEMAND KEEN STUDY AS THEY HAVE UNDERNEATH SUBTERRANEAN HUMAN VALUES WE NEED TO RETRIEVE AND CHERISH AND PROTECT IT AT ANY COST. APURBA IS PEERLESS IN THAT HE LEAVES FILMS OPEN TO FILM-BUFFS OPEN-ENDED. AS ELLIPTICAL FILMS, NOT STILTED ONES, HE SHOWS HOW METONIMY INFLUENCES OUR THINKING AND HELPFUL. I, FOR, ONE, TREAT HIS WORKS AS UN-PUTDOWANABLE AND VERY ALIVE WITH OUR LIVES. THAT OUR SOCIETY IS SPLIT INTO MANY CONFLICTS AND IMPACT US CAN BE EVIDENT RIGHTEOUSLY. A.K.BIR’S FILMS ARE RE-AWAKENING OUR OUR DORMANT DESIRES AND PASSION FOR LIVING. LIFE AND NOT DEFEAT IS HIS MOTIF HIS FILMS DARINGLY HIGHLIGHT.


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