Bhubaneswar: The 9th Indian Film Festival of Bhubaneswar (IFFB) will begin here on February 14 by the Film Society of Bhubaneswar (FSB).
The festival will focus on contemporary Indian Cinema and screen unseen films of different regions.
“Every year, remarkable films are made in various Indian languages. They together give the identity of Indian cinema. The cinema that we generally get to see in theatres (generally products of film industries of Mumbai or South India) is only a small part of the bigger picture,” pointed out FSB secretary Subrat Behura. The seven-day festival will be featuring around thirty outstanding contemporary works of cinema in the languages of Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Manipuri, Khasi and Odia, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil, Marathi and Hindi and Punjabi.
There will be a retrospective of noted Malayalam film maker G Aravindan, one of the great directors of Indian Cinema. Internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli will grace the festival as chief guest. There will be workshops and master classes for students with noted film makers.
The film festival hopes to encourage young filmmakers to work from the eastern part of the country by providing mentoring opportunities with master filmmakers, said actor and producer Swostik Choudhury.