IFFB 2024 to kicks off in Bhubaneswar from January 22


Bhubaneswar: Indian Film Festival 2024 organised by Film Society of Bhubaneswar kicks off from 22nd January at Guru
Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre near XIMB square.

The films at the festival have won critical acclaim in major film festivals – MAMI, IFFK, Dharamsala, Busan, Rotterdam, San-Sebastian.

The focus of the festival is on young film makers working in diverse areas of the country – from Kashmir to the North-east. The festival has films from the North-east by Haobam Paban Kumar, Bobby Sharma Baruah & Rajni Basumatary – films in Manipuri, Bodo and Tiwa.

There are debut films from diverse areas – Nainital, Darbhanga, Baroda – the films from these areas are interesting debuts
(Opium, Bahadur, Mithya, Follower, It’
all in your Head, Kayo Kayo Colour, Water Station), which have been recognised in international film festivals and won accolades for its treatment and presentation of stories rooted in their respective milieu(s).

The section on contemporary Malayalam Cinema brings to our audience – the stories of workers’ rights during the 40s
Cochin port, predators in families and the expression around sexual oppression.

The films at the festival explore issues of
migration, gender, uneven development, issues of geo-politics, environmental degradation, political & ethical questions.
The festival is holding a retrospective on Mani Kaul with a line-up that covers his work across the 1970s till 1990s. The
films screened at the seven day- long festival, will showcase his works over the three decades.

There will be post screening discussions with the film makers, who have confirmed their presence at the festival – Kartik
Subbaraj, Subas Das, Haobam Paban Kumar, Harshad Nalawade, Aman Sachdeva, Rajni Basumatary, Don Palathara, Bobby Sharma Baruah.

There are sessions planned to explore the Artistic practice and working methods of the directors-an invaluable resource for students and members interested in the moving images.

A group of short films have been selected to showcase new emerging voices from across the Country. The film festival is made possible with the assistance of Kerala Chalachitra Academy and others.

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