3-day Bhubuneshwar film festival from July 20

Mumbai: A three-day international film festival is being organised at the Jayadev Bhavan here from July 20 by Inscreen, a premier film society of the Bhubuneshwar in Orissa. It will have ‘contemporary’ and ‘nostalgia’ sections.

The ‘contemporary’ section has 21 entries, including a musical from France, especially made by independent filmmakers. These films are not available in video libraries nor telecast by any channels. Nostalgia will showcase eight short classics from the bygone era. Many of the country’s top filmmakers are participating. The Indian films included are by filmmakers from Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad , Pune, Bangalore, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Orissa. Urf Professor, a black comedy by Pankaj Avdani, will be the opening film.

The entries have been selected by a committee comprising film-makers and connoisseurs of cinema. Pradipta Kishore Mahapatra is the president of Inscreen while Mukut Roy Chaudhary is the festival co-ordinator. They are determined to make IIFF-2006 a unique experience in Orissa.

According to Choudhary, “The main aim of IIFF-2006 is to expose film lovers of Orissa to a wide range of films made across the world, besides exposing young local talents to the latest trends in film-making.”