Bengaluru: After the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, the ninth edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) got underway on Friday with the screening of movies in Bengaluru and at Mysuru. As the entire schedule of the film festival was made available to the public after the inauguration, there was confusion among the movie buffs about the day ahead.
The festival mourned the death of noted French film director and critic Jacques Rivette, who passed away in January 2016.
‘Little directors project a hit’
Amid screening of films a discussions was also held on production and marketing of films, in which Shravan Kumar, CEO, Children Film Society of India (CFSI) and Prof Raghunath of IIMB took part.
Raghunath said learning the art of cinematic process was key for tapping the creative potential of professionals and children. He said that IIM-B offers electives and short term courses for professionals, which cover the whole gamut of film making.
Panelists also discussed tapping the wide diaspora of Indian culture for richer storytelling. They said that providing technical know-how to children would help shape the future of cinema.
Shravan Kumar, CEO of Children Film Society India (CFSI), said the body is not promoting movies for children but also movies made by them at film festivals.
“The incentive ‘Little Directors’ taken by CFSI through a tie up with FTII has created such a positive impact in behaviorally changing how children look at social issues that the World Bank is looking to take the project for other countries. CFSI is planning to increase the scope of their project Little Directors to 50 plus villages by educating the children in the art of film making,” Shravan added.