Monday, September 27

Despite pandemic, KIFF set to happen this yr

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In the film circuit, all eyes are fixed on the forthcoming 26th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) that was supposed to be hosted in November this year. Though there were apprehensions regarding the fate of KIFF due to the pandemic, the main organizers of the festival met on Thursday evening to brainstorm about the way forward.

As things stand now, KIFF will happen this year. Raj Chakraborty, the KIFF chairperson, said: “We had a formal meeting on Thursday to discuss the way we can go forward and the scale of the festival. Those associated with KIFF, including minister Aroop Biswas, attended Thursday’s meeting.”

On being asked if KIFF too might go the virtual way, director Arindam Sil, who also attended the meeting, said: “Our festival is in November. So, we still have time. If theatres open by then, it might mean we will have to cut down on the number of viewers. We need to take into account that international delegates might not be able to come down. Since we are affiliated to Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF), we will have to do the festival this year that is in charge of regulating international film festivals. Subsequently, we shall meet to decide how we will organise the festival this year.”

 

Source: Times of India

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