23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF 2017) started with a bang yesterday that has been inaugurated by CM Mamta Banerjee along with Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Hassan, Shahrukh Khan & Mahesh Bhatt. And for the very first time in KIFF, UK (United Kingdom) has been selected as the focus country. A total of 143 movies will be screened at 12 different venues during the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival 2017.
Although KIFF 2017 will also pay homage to the legendary late film personalities Om Puri, Ramananda Sengupta & Tom Alter. Also this year Kolkata International Film Festival has announced to give away a huge amount of cash prize to the winners in various section.
KIFF (2017): List of the films to be Screened in Kolkata International Film Festival
As UK has been chosen as the focus country for the year 2017 of Kolkata Internation Film Festival (KIFF), 13 films from the same country will be screened on the occasion. Along with it, 87 short films & 51 documentaries will be screened during the film fest. 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival started with the Yellow movie that has been made by an Iranian filmmaker Mostafa Taghizadeh.
As much as 6 films from the English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom will be screened during KIFF 2017. Each day almost 10 different films will be screened at the various locations of Kolkata. Also, 8 films will be shown in languages like- Konkani, Boro, Monpa, Maithili, Chakma, Khasi, Dogri & Kodava under the section ‘Unheard India: Rare Indian Languages’ as a part of 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival.
Even an exhibition has been put up named as ‘Looking through’ in the KIFF 2017, where camera & other equipment that has been used by ace directors like Satyajit Ray, Lumiere Brothers & Ritwik Ghatak will be displayed.
23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF 2017): Prizes for the Winners
Taking forward the Women Empowerment in the film industry, organizers of the Kolkata International Film Festival 2017 has replaced the Innovation in Moving Images Competition with the Women Director Competition. And the best film in the same competition will get a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh, whereas the best director will be awarded Rs.21 Lakh & a Royal Bengal Tiger Trophy.
Even a new section has been incorporated in 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) to promote films in the different Indian language, just to promote regional cinema. Competition in Indian Languages Films will be held and the winner of the best film & best director under the new section will be prized by Rs. 7 Lakh & Rs. 5 Lakh respectively.
23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will be held from 10th-17th November 2017.