IFFI 2017's Day 6th

At a press conference, IFFI 2017’s International Jury reflects on cinema showcased at the festival on Day 6!

With a culturally diverse and illustrious jury, International Film Festival of India, 2017 has been playing out on a grand global scale. Assigned as the Jury Chairman of IFFI, National Award-winning Indian filmmaker, Muzaffar Ali, who has been associated with the festival for a long time, began the press conference by acknowledging that IFFI has grown in content, size, quality and participation this year.

Talking about his experience this year, the filmmaker said, "We are looking to a great quantum leap in this realm of festivals which showcase world cinema. For it was a very big experience to work with such distinguished jury members. It was like a big orchestra coming together and each one of us shared moments of our lives through these films we've seen. It was a very cinematic experience."

Associated with the prestigious, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Maxine Williamson, the only woman the jury, while sharing her experience said, "It's really a privilege to be at IFFI. I have been following this festival strongly for the last ten years. We (as a jury) had a wonderful time and journey. The films were strong. I was really happy to see regional cinema in the competition. A strong competition it is and so it's difficult for us to come to a decision."

Academy Award-winning production designer, Roger Christian lent his insight on the importance of festivals, as he said, "I do a lot of festivals. I do as many as I can because with the demise in the world of independent cinema, it's very hard for any filmmaker especially new ones to get their films shown. The only place is a festival now. A festival exposes it. Like an echo, the word of mouth goes out and it gets picked up."

Multiple award-winning Russian cinematographer, Vladislav Opelyants said, "Thank you for inviting me. It was a great experience. My English is not very good but we are talking in a cinematographer's language. That language is only of emotions. Thank you India, I'm glad to be here."

Acclaimed Israeli actor and director, Tzahi Grad talked about getting to know other cultures through the festival. On being asked about judging films that belong to different cultures the filmmaker said, "First of all we look at it as cinema first. How it affects you. It's easy to feel it. Many films had several ideas that managed to switch our opinions."

The 48th edition of IFFI is being held from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017, in the beach state of Goa.

The International Jury Members of the IFFI-2017, Muzaffar Ali, Roger Christian, Tzahi Grad, Maxine Williamson and Vladislav Opelyants, at a press conference, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 25, 2017.

Shekhar Kapur, Sameer Nair, Sudhir Mishra and Nachiket Pantvaidya’s take on the ‘Digital Space: The Future Ahead’ at IFFI 2017 impresses all!

Day 6 of IFFI 2017 started with an interesting and informative panel discussion conducted by filmmaker Bharat Bala on the topic ‘Digital Space: The Future Ahead’ in the presence of eminent guests from the film industry and digital world including Shekhar Kapur, Sudhir Mishra, Vijay Subramaniam (Director – Content – Amazon Prime Video India), Nachiket Pantvaidya (CEO, ALT Digital), Sameer Nair (CEO – Applause Entertainment) and Karan Anshuman (Filmmaker & Producer).

The panel discussion was about the Digital Space – whether it’s a threat or a blessing to cinema and the opportunities available to everyone using the online medium. 

Shekhar Kapur says, “Someone met me outside the auditorium and asked me how to become a filmmaker. So I asked him if he is able to shoot the movie on his phone, edit it on the computer, and upload it on You Tube, he said yes. The question is do you want to be an iconic filmmaker or a filmmaker. In order to be an iconic filmmaker over a period of time, you develop the idea of the gatekeepers and in today’s time, Amazon and Netflix are the new gatekeepers. So they decide but before that there were studios, production houses, etc. There’s a huge technology shift. Netflix and Amazon became the rebels and became the icons themselves in their space. Gatekeepers take advantage of technology.”

Nachiket Pantvaidya adds, “Internet medium is almost free for the consumers. So the pipes are laid in and the consumers are getting it free. There’s almost one million crore rupees invested in the pipe and so there’s a huge gap between the content that is served on the pipes and investment on these pipes. There’s a huge gap between Naagin and Narcos. For instance, we only have homemade food available as compared to having Mughlai or any other variety in terms of the content available on the internet. That’s a very important space that’s the Indian original space is going to occupy. Digital is the way by which you can do home delivery for cinema. You can order at home and enjoy it in a different atmosphere.”

Sudhir Mishra adds, “Most of the digital content is being watched on the smartphone. The digital space is wonderful because it allows you to have that little cloud of self-censorship in your head also disappears, so you work freely.”

Sameer Nair points out, “It’s always been audiences who decide the fate of the films, and as they rightly say there’s no entertainment without applause. The gatekeepers are driven by revenue and economics, so it has always been that the audience will decide. Digital is a good space to be in. Today, we are not talking about theatre screens but mobile screens.”

The 48th Edition of IFFI is being held from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017 in the beach state of Goa.

The Filmmaker Panelists: Shekhar Kapur, Sudhir Mishra, Karan Anshuman Vijay Subramaniam, Sameer Nair and Moderator, Bharatbala Ganapathy, at the Panel Discussion , during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 25, 2017.
The abuse of technology is the main challenge, the common feeling expressed in open forum discussion

In the 48th International Film Festival of India day three of open forum belonged to the discussion on ‘Are Actors Losing Control due to Changing Technologies?’ Pierre Assouline, French Filmmaker, Shyam G K filmmaker from Bengaluru, Swastik Chaudhary, Oriyan Film maker, Amartya Bhattcharya, Bengali filmmaker and Deb Kamal Ganguly, Faculty, FTII participated in the discussion.

Amartya Bhattcharaya in his opening remark said that actor must not take control over cinema. Performing art is very primary because technology is never a replacement of human feelings. While narrating the experience about film making Mr Bhattcharaya said that, he completed a film ‘Benaras-the unexplored attachments’ with DSLR Camera and that won National Cinematography award. Further, he expressed that, abuse of the technology is main challenge & not the use of technology.   

Deb Kamal Ganguly, Faculty, FTII said that in the film important aspect is ‘acting’ technology is supplementary part of film. We have replaced voice of actors long ago but not emotions and sentiments, which we see onscreen is ‘profilmic reality’ means we see that happens in front of camera. ‘Idea of stardom’ changes every decade, said Mr Ganguly.

French filmmaker Pierre Assouline expressed his views on technology. He said that new technologies are the means to control commercial cinema. Cinema is not for highlighting an actor but to tell the story.

Swastik chaudhary, Oriya filmmaker said that there is always an opportunity to break conventions. Shyam G K filmmaker from Bengaluru also participated in the open forum discussion.

Tomorrow at Open Forum discussion the topic is ‘Crowding the Social Media, is documentary the only source of genuine information’. Manish Desai, Director General, Films Division, Shaswat Gupta Ray, Editor, Gomantak Times and Deep Dhruv from Social Media Wing of Press Information Bureau will participate in the discussion.

‘Meet - the Directors’: Kunjila & Vaibhav Hiwase at Indian Panorama of IFFI 2017

Indian Panorama – considered as an important section of IFFI Goa 2017 witnessed filmmakers Kunjila and Vaibhav to share their experiences making diploma films – GI (Malayalam) and Palash (Bengali).  The aim of this session was to weave the audience and filmmakers through a narrative that combines culture, language and heritage of different nations and different reasons.

Kunjila, Director of Malayalam Non-Feature film, ‘GI’, says, “Making GI was overwhelming in terms of putting things together like memories, cultures and events that I have witnessed. I've tried to deal with the concept of memory and relationships, the violence in relationships with context to the political environment.”

Vaibhav Hiwase, Director of Bengali Non-Feature film, ‘Palash’ told media, “Palash was my Diploma film from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute .The environment and the film culture there was healthy, encouraging and gave its students a certain creative freedom that led me to make this film. I'm honored to be here, especially since I'm just starting off as a filmmaker.”

The 48th edition of IFFI is being held from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017, in the beach state of Goa.
Gen-X star Bhumi Pednekar talks about breaking stereotypes at IFFI 2017!

Bhumi Pednekar has been breaking stereotypes even before the release of her debut film, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, which was highly acclaimed and won her the Filmfare award for Best Debut female. The actress next chose films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Savdhan both of which talked about unconventional subjects.
At IFFI2017, the young actress spoke extensively about women and breaking the stereotypes in a candid conversation with movie buffs and her fans, at a special Master-class.

Bhumi expressed, “Being overweight was linked to being depressed for a long time and I was happy that a film like Dum Laga Ke Haisha changed that thinking.” Post Dum Laga Ke Haisha I was offered around 24 scripts but the roles offered weren’t good enough for me to even consider. I waited for the right opportunity and the perfect script. I grabbed films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Savdhan because they were important roles written for an actress. I feel myself lucky if I can make a difference to even one life through the films that I do."

During the Q&A session, the Bhumi Pednekar displayed some more views.

To the question of whether she would like to do films that carry a social message, she replied positively and said that as an individual you cannot avoid your responsibilities.

She also added that she loves her country from a very young age and given a chance she would like to do films with social messages in the future too.

To the question of  what kind of stereotypes she would like to break in personal life, She responded that she would like to get rid of gender differences; even today, ‘ghar ka chiraag' is understood by the boy.

Responding to another question, she said, the characters in her film were progressive by thoughts and not by clothes.

The 48th edition of IFFI is being held from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017, in the beach state of Goa.

Actress Bhumi Pednekar at the Masterclass on Breaking Stereotypes, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 25, 2017.

IFFI 2017 highlights regional cinema on Day 6 under Indian Panorama section!

A hugely popular section of IFFI 2017 is Indian Panorama: Meet the Directors, where the delegates and the media interact with the directors of the film screened at the cinematic extravaganza in Goa.

Also, this year at the festival, regional cinema has arrested the attention of cinephiles. Popular Marathi actor, Prasad Oak spoke at length about his directorial debut Kaccha Limbu, that was met with commendable appreciation, while National Award-winning filmmaker Deepak Gawade went on to talk about his Marathi film Idak: The Goat.

Prasad Oak, who makes his directorial debut with the Marathi film, Kaccha Limbu and has been the recipient of several awards and state honours for his work, says, “This is a very proud moment for Team Kaccha Limbu. It is my directorial debut. We are very happy that IFFI gave us the chance to participate this year. I'm very happy because there are nine films in Marathi fraternity in the festival this year. And amongst all nine films, only Kaccha Limbu was selected internationally. Kaccha Limbu deals with a problem of special parents. I always feel that the problem of those special parents is very big than the special child. We always give them sympathy. We always try to help them in a negative way. We always look at them in a very wrong way. They don't need all that. They just need love. I just want to portray that love through this film. It deals about the sexual, the physical and the economic problem of a special parent.”

Deepak Gawade adds, “Regional cinema is doing very well for the past three to four years. Content is the life of that cinema. People come to watch just that. We are proud as regional filmmakers that our content is well accepted not just by Bollywood audience but it is also internationally recognized. The producers also don’t look at the figures anymore. Once they are impressed with the content they want to support you.”

Nila Madhav Panda, Director of the film Kadawi Hawa and filmmaker Atanu Mukherji of the film Rukh were also part of the Indian Panorama – Meet the Directors session.

The 48th edition of IFFI is being held from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017, in the beach state of Goa.

The Director of the film IDAK (Marathi) Deepak Gawade and Director of the film Kachcha Limbu (Marathi) Prasad Oak at a Press Conference, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 25, 2017.

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