As many as 171 films and 150 short and documentary films from 70 countries will be screened at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) which will be held from November 10 to 17.
“The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will serve as a precursor to the silver jubilee of the film festival next year. We wanted to turn this event bigger and better by bringing the best of films and directors from across the world. This year the highest number of films will be screened at the festival coming from most number of countries ever,” said KIFF chairman and Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee. The film festival committees received around 1500 applications from across the world out of which only 332 were selected including short films and documentaries. The films will be screened at 16 venues. This is the first time films will be screened in Howrah and Dum Dum areas.
The 24th edition of the festival will commemorate the 100 years of Bengali Cinema.
“This year we will also commemorate the 100 years of Bengali Cinema. 14 legendary Bengali films will be screened as part of this celebration. A brochure, a Bengali Film Directory (1917- 2017) and a coffee table book will be published,” said Vivek Kumar, principal secretary of the state Information and Cultural Affairs department.
Australia has been selected as the ‘focus country’while Tunisia has been selected as ‘special focus country’. A delegation of Australian filmmakers comprising Simon Baker, Philip Noyce and others will visit the festival and hold sessions.
Two exhibitions on 100 years of Bengali Cinema and 100 years of Australian Cinema will be held side by side. The logo of the 24th KIFF and theme song of the festival was unveiled on Friday.
In the international competition segment titled ‘Innovation in Moving Images’, the best film will get Rs 51 lakh prize money along with a Golden Royal Bengal Tiger trophy while the best director will receive Rs 21 lakh prize money along with the same trophy.
In the Indian languages competition segment, the best film will get Rs 7 lakh and the best director will receive Rs 5 lakh along with Hiralal Sen Memorial trophies. Best short film and best documentary will get Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh respectively.
The Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture will be delivered by actor Nandita Das. The festival will also pay homage to Bengali actor Supriya Devi who passed away in January this year. There will also be film retrospectives of Philip Noyce and Majid Majidi.
Actor Uttam Kumar’s film Anthony Firingee has been selected as the inaugural film at this year’s festival.
Meanwhile, a workshop on film preservation and restoration will be held in collaboration with Film Heritage Foundation.