The 11th edition of BIFFes (Bengaluru International Film Festival) commenced on the 21st February at The Orion Mall in Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru. The week-long festival of movies will be screened on 11 screens till Feb. 28. The highlight of this festival is said to be the thought-provoking contents of films, rather than their technological excellence. There would be a screening of films which have won regional, national and international acclaim. This year the committee is hoping to get the accreditation of FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers’ Association) of Paris.
Our source says, “The Karnataka government has given two-and-a-half acres of land in Nandini Layout, from which the BIFFes office has been functioning, for the last 3 months”. If the government builds a multiplex and leases it out (except for the duration for conducting BIFFes), revenue can be generated which can help in conducting the festival, along with a permanent infrastructure to screen the movies. Apparently, the Information Department is sponsoring awards for the movies, which win in the film festival.
A total of 14 Kannada films are being screened at the festival. Kannada films are competing not only in the Kannada films’section but also in the Asian and the Indian films’ competitive section. There is also going to be an interactive group discussion on the Kannada movie “KGF.” Last year’s BIFFes’ country focus was on Germany, this year’s country focus is on Poland.