November 23, 2017 07:37 PM

Mumbai/Goa (Face2News)

IFFI 2017 hosts their annual showcasing of a special curated selection of 7 award winning films, namely Panfilov’s 28,The Second Mother,The Heart of Madness, Ayanda, Soulmate, Kaasav and Where has the Time Gone as part of the BRICS Film package.

The award winning films will be screened through the course of the festival as was done for the first time at the last IFFI.

Madhur Bhandarkar said, "It was an honour to be in the company of such fine filmmakers, whom I really admire for so many years. It's also an honour to be attached to "Where Has Time Gone" and to represent the country on such an esteemed platform. It was a great moment for me that the film received so much appreciation when we screened it at Busan and a day before in Goa.

Among the films being showcased is the much talked about anthology film "Where Has Time Gone?" headlining directors such as Walter Salles, Alexey Fedorchenko, Madhur Bhandarkar, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and Jia Zhangke, which was also presented at the Busan International Film Festival.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who represented India at BRICS, today spoke at the press conference today about the BRICS filmmaking programme, the anthology film and his experience at China, the country that hosted BRICS this year.

Madhur Bhandarkar said, "It was an honour to be in the company of such fine filmmakers, whom I really admire for so many years. It's also an honour to be attached to "Where Has Time Gone" and to represent the country on such an esteemed platform. It was a great moment for me that the film received so much appreciation when we screened it at Busan and a day before in Goa." Adding that, " It's challenging to make a short film and convey a message in 17 minutes. It was such a great experience working on this film and meeting filmmakers from across the world, who brought their own flavour to the film".


Open Forum Discussion on ‘Film making in changing scenario, Focus on Technology, Audience, Distribution, Economics, and Screening facility’ International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is the biggest platform for young filmmakers, said Dr Shreyans Jain, Film-maker. Dr Jain was speaking at Open Forum organized by Federation of Film Socities of India in IFFI at Goa today. Bharat Mirle and N. Vidyasankar from Karnataka, Luong Dinh Dung from Vietnam were also participated in the Open Forum.

“Film is the medium which affects masses and classes”, said Dr Shreyans Jain. Sharing his experience about film making, he said that now he is beginner in film making field. So far he made two short films and two feature films. Dr Jain is now working on Marathi Film “Sai Aalo Payi Payi” (story about devotes of Saibaba).

Luong Dinh Dung from Vietnam, who is a Director and Producer of film ‘Father and Son’, expressed happiness over the response to the film in IFFI. He said that it is very difficult for an independent filmmaker to make film in Vietnam. That is one of the reasons we bring the film here in IFFI, he said. It took ten years to make ‘Father and Son’, he told.

N. Vidyasankar, Festival Director, Bengaluru International Film Festival told that modern technology changed the scenario, but still we need modern technology driven culture. Globally film infrastructure changed very drastically. When Indian Film goes abroad, the first thing that comes is technological values. In our country, we need to change the educational system. Need to make children learn of technology about Cinema, he said. Creation and film construction is very important, he further said.

Bharat Mirale, Filmmaker from Karnataka, said that In International Film Festival of India ‘Film-Bazar’ is a great exposure to young film makers. Now technology is playing vital role in promoting films. Technology change is for the betterment of films, he said. People come to know in detail about the films through various technological platforms. Though, technological scenario is changing a lot economics of the film remains the main concern, he said.


48th IFFI Goa has section on ‘Accessible India’ featuring two films ‘Secret Superstar’ & ‘Hindi Medium’, which were screened at IFFI, 2017. Saksham – a Delhi-based organization has added audio description and same language subtitling in these movies to make movies accessible to all including people who cannot see or hear. ‘Team Saksham’ interacted with media in a press conference today. The press conference was attended by Ms Rummi K Seth (Managing Founder Trustee - Saksham), Mr Dipendra Manocha (Founder Trustee – Saksham), Mr Narendra Joshi (Audio-descriptor and scriptwriter) and Mr Taha Haaziq (Member Secretary, Sanjay Centre For Special Education, Goa) who have played an important role in creating and filming of these versions of these movies in the international film festival.

Rummi Seth said, “This conference is special and different from the ones you have been a part of. This interesting project was started way back in 2005. If you sit and watch a film with your eyes closed what would you see as such except dialogues. During the screening of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag last year, special scenes where there were no dialogues, a blind person won’t know what is happening. We have a voice-over and a scriptwriter Mr Narendra and we all sit and decide as to what needs to be written to fill that space.”

Dipendra Manocha adds, “This accessibility of movies is all about inclusion. As a blind person, the question to me is do we have the right to go to the movie halls like everybody else or not. If we have the right then we are entitled to use every facility available to us. Physically challenged people may have some kind of limitation in terms of walking, sitting, speaking, etc. This is an initiative to help such people participate in it and be part of the active society. This effort of accessible movies is just a step towards that direction.”

Speaking about technical challenges while working on the concept, Narendra Joshi told media that, “The challenge is to create emotions in the spaces between the dialogues for the disabled ones to keep going with the flow while watching a movie. We have around 300-400 spaces during the entire movie watching experience. In 3 or 5 seconds, you need to figure out what is the important part that would help a visually impaired to know the scene better. The script which we work for the entire movie needs to be reworked once the entire process is done. We started the initiative with Mr Amitabh Bachchan’s movie Black and were met with a huge success.”

Audio description is a method to add audio narration describing what is being shown on the screen. This description is added in the silent gap between dialogues and it’s extremely important for people with visually challenged people or low vision and helps them to appreciate all parts of the movie.

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