The phrase ‘small is big’ became pertinent again at the inauguration of the 18th edition of the Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival on Tuesday. Aimed at creating a platform for budding talents to showcase their excellence, this edition of the festival will screen 66 films from 16 countries.
Organized by the Kalpanirjhar Foundation and Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, and supported by Caring Minds (Patton group), the event will continue till February 6. As many as 16 Indian films are competing for the Patton award for the best Indian film and the Kalpanirjhar award in the second spot. The jury members include senior artist and film set designer Hiran Mitra, film scholar Someswar Bhowmik and cinematographer Ranu Ghosh.
This edition’s highlights include a selection of 17 recent films from Spain. Among them are ‘The Mocking Devil’, ‘A Present for Ana’, ‘Attack’, ‘Calvary’, ‘Emilia’, ‘For Ever’, ‘Heirs’, ‘I Don’t Sleep Anymore’, ‘I Never Left You Alone’ and ‘Why Do People Lie’. Besides, there are 23 films from several countries. Six animated films and four short fiction films have been curated for this edition by artistic director of Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg Maike Mia Höhne.
On the last day, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee will be paid a special tribute. “Goutam Ghose is doing a collage of his scenes from some of his films for about 10-12 minutes,” said Raju Raman, festival director, managing trustee and secretary of Kalpanirjhar Foundation.