Details of PIFF

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Film buffs, be prepared as the details for the 12th edition of the Pune International Film Festival 2014 (PIFF) have been partially announced. To be held from 9-16 January, 2014, PIFF will be bringing to one and all the best of Indian and world cinema. It has been jointly organised by Pune Film Foundation and Government of Maharashtra (GOM) and supported by Cultural Department of GOM, I&B Ministry, Government of India and Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

This time, one might be able to watch over 200 films. Acclaimed filmmaker Dr Jabbar Patel, who is also the festival’s chairman and director, revealed that the festival will be all about women power and the young in India, showcased through its new poster. “Around 555 films have been watched for screening. Apart from the 48 countries participating, we also have a special package from Spain – films on dance and music.” This time, the venue for the screenings are City Pride (Kothrud, R-Deccan, Satara Road and Abhiruchi), Inox Bund Garden Road, E-Square (Ganeshkhind Road) and finally, National Film Archive of India, Law College Road.

In the usual category of films, around 65 films and more will be shown in the Global Cinema section, while the Country Spotlight will be on Taiwan (5 films), Hungary (8 films), Israel (6 films), South Korea, Spain (4 films) and France. In the Retrospective section, cine-goers are in for a treat as they can see films by Fedrico Fellini (9 films), Goran Paskaljevic (7 films), István Szabó (5 films), Billy Wilder (6 films), Benoit Jacquot and Adoor Gopalakrishnan. One can find Indian Films, Tributes, Documentaries, Legends we Remember and Gems of NFAI. In the Marathi Competition section, about 35 films will be seen and 7 will head for the competition. You also have the Students film Competition section. Plus, there will be master classes, workshops and so on.

The inaugural film will be Ana Arabia by Amos Gitai from Israel. Samar Nakhate, who is the creative director of the festival, revealed, “You can find various references to connect to in this film. Though the issue is being dealt with locally, it has a larger global context to it.”

Luc Didon of Alliance Francaise spoke, “This is my 5th year here and this is one of the most important festivals to bring the best films for showcasing. We are bringing 3 packages. One is of 3 films of Jean Renoir. Another is of 6 animation films and finally you have 6 films of Benoit Jacquot.” 5 German films will be the contemporary mirror of German films and society.

In the awards section, GOM will be giving out Best International Film and Director award, apart from Best International Marathi Film. You also have Marathi cinema awards for Best Actor, Cinematographer, Screenplay and Director, given by Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. The DYP Whistling Woods will give awards in the Students Film Competition and there will be a PIFF Special Award for the student of the year from FTII for direction.

More details will come soon and those interested in the delegate passes must know that the online registration process has started, courtesy the PIFF website. Spot registrations starts from December 23, 2013, from 11am-6.30pm at E-Square, Ganeshkhind Road, City Pride (Kothrud and Satara Road) and Inox, Camp. The delegate passes are priced at Rs 700 and students, film club members and senior citizens have the catalogue fee priced at Rs 500. What are we waiting for? It is time to say ‘ACTION’.

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