Global women filmfest to showcase 140 films

NEW DELHI: France is the focus country and a total of around 140 feature and short films from over 40 countries are to be screened at the 4th India International Women Film Festival, scheduled to be held here from 7 December.

The eight-day festival which concludes on 14 December will relate to women empowerment, where women are being showcased not just as objects of visual pleasure but behind the camera.

Tributes will be paid to seven Indian women filmmakers: Arundhati Devi, Manju Dey, Sai Paranjpye, Aparna Sen, Kalpana Lajmi, Vijaya Mehta and Prema Karanth.

Hollywood actress Cassandra Gava and Faye Dunway (Oscar Winning Actress) and Bollywood actresses Juhi Chawla and Tanushree Dutta have confirmed participation to encourage women directors and join hands with the IIWFF Slogan “Women Behind the Camera”.

Many celebrities including actress and director Aparna Sen, Madhavi Mukhrjee, filmmaker Nabyendu Chaterjee, painters Jogen Chowdhory and Subha Prasanno are also expected to be present.

According to Festival Director Shymali Banerjee, the Festival has the support of the Union Ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Culture, and External Affairs, and the Government of Delhi NCT. The Associate Partners who have confirmed so far include Sahara India, Asian Academy of Film and Television, 1Take Movie.COM, Times of India, Radio Mirchi, and Zee TV.

The programme this year includes Competition –World Cinema (Feature), Competition (Documentary), Indian Panorama, Retrospective, Kinder Films, Joint Hands, Focus Institute, Male Voice, and Short Films (Out of Competition).

IIWFF is launching a Talent campus this year, which is a platform for amateur filmmakers to conquer the real reel experiences from internationally acclaimed filmmakers. The 2008 Talent Campus will include certain smoldering issues in the field of World Cinema, and will be in the form of Seminars, Workshops and Guest Lectures, and a specially designed programme ’24 Hrs Filmmaking Competition’ which is also a Part of Talent Campus. The top two films will be awarded in the Closing Ceremony and all films will be exhibited on the last day of the festival. Each candidate will be given a Certificate of Recommendation.

The film festival ambience will include a film lounge, seminars, Face to Face, Painting Exhibitions, Open Forums and Cultural Programmes.

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