An IFFI Education

An IFFI Education

By Suyash Kamat “This feels just right.” I told my friends as we rested between screenings on a hectic day full of great films at IFFI 2016. It’s been 6 days, and I’ve kind of lost track of what reality feels like outside the venue. Continuing my reverie, “I feel less burdened. Somehow not keeping...

December 6, 2016December 6, 2016
The Perch: Deu Borem Korum

The Perch: Deu Borem Korum

By Vivek Menezes It’s time for Team Peacock to spread wings, and head home to roost. Our unique festival daily has only been in existence for two years, so it’s extremely gratifying to see it has already become an integral part of the delegate experience. By the third morning of IFFI 2016, if stacks of...

November 30, 2016November 30, 2016
Human Emotions Are Universal

Human Emotions Are Universal

By Kinjal Sethia “No woman is an island” was the idea that engulfed me as I navigated through screenings and interactions at IFFI 2016. Individual films may be made on different continents, about different times, but human emotions are universal. Issues affecting peoples all around the world aren’t the same, but the consequent misery or...

November 30, 2016November 30, 2016
Not Only A Humanitarian Cause

Not Only A Humanitarian Cause

By Rhea D’Souza “The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities highlights the importance of accessibility to the cultural environment, which cinema is a part of, and calls for “universal design” to accomplish that goal. It’s not only a humanitarian cause, but also makes commercial sense. Audiences will increase when films become more...

November 30, 2016November 30, 2016
Cinéma Vérité

Cinéma Vérité

By Kaustubh Naik I have been attending IFFI since 2008. It has been a transformational experience. When I transitioned from computer science to humanities, the decision was greatly influenced by my exposure to the larger world via the films at this festival. It is rather interesting how I lose track of time at IFFI. But...

November 30, 2016November 30, 2016
There Should Be More Festivals

There Should Be More Festivals

By Dale Luis Menezes Stories about art heists or art forgeries make good material for movies. IFFI 2016 featured ‘A Real Vermeer’ (2016), about Han van Meegeren, who forged the paintings of Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch master who painted ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’. Lead actors Jeroen Spitzenberger and Lize Feryn spoke exclusively to...

November 30, 2016December 5, 2016
Festival Roundup

Festival Roundup

By Sachin Chatte The movie will begin in five minutes / The mindless voice announced All those unseated will await the next show. We filed slowly, languidly into the hall / The auditorium was vast and silent As we seated and were darkened, the voice continued. The program for this evening is not new /...

November 30, 2016November 30, 2016
Twin Tracks

Twin Tracks

By Yudhishthir Raj Isar UNESCO’s United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013 was sub-titled ‘Widening Local Development Pathways’. The report surveyed how cultural industries – such as film – actually get built and sustained worldwide. It reviews how festivals actually contribute to urban and regional development across the world. To act as local catalyst, a film...

November 30, 2016November 30, 2016
Cinematographer Extraordinare

Cinematographer Extraordinare

By Suyash Kamat Weeks before IFFI 2016 began, excitement began to build for Academy award nominee Robert Yeoman’s masterclass on cinematography. How often do you get to get to be in the same room as your inspiration? Yeoman is among the most respected contemporary Hollywood cinematographers. Most famously known for his collaborations with director Wes...

November 27, 2016November 27, 2016
Reviving Bangladeshi Cinema

Reviving Bangladeshi Cinema

By Kinjal Sethia “The film is based on quasi-reality,” says Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, director ‘Aynabaji’ (2016) from Bangladesh. The film depicts a teacher who replaces prisoners during their jail term, but then gets caught up in a horrific situation just as he decides to give up this perilous lifestyle. “I was inspired by a news...

November 27, 2016November 27, 2016