BWW Review: JAGRAN FILM FESTIVAL at Sirifort, New Delhi
With thousands of films made every year in India in many languages there is little doubt about the passion fir cinema in the country. In the past few years, the viewers are in India have developed an appreciation for cinema from outside of India too. Celebrating the diversity in the world of cinema, another film festival that concluded in India drew a great turn out.
The eighth edition of Jagran Film Festival, that took place in Delhi between July 1 -5 once again showcased some of the most brilliant cinema from around the world. The festival also served as an occasion to talk about how cultures and stories that surround us find resonance amongst audiences no matter if they are in a different language or from a different continent.
Delhi's socio-cultural hub, the Siri Fort Auditorium, the venue for the festival saw over 130 film screenings from across the world. Some of the prominent sections of the Festival were World Panorama, Indian Showcase, Jagran Shorts, Jagran Discovery, Country Focus and the Retrospective of films.
There were also a few new additions to this years' festival to encourage the filmmakers. The introductions included Knowledge Series, a program that will be held in each of the 16 cities in accord with the festive spirit. Another feature is the launch of Cash Awards for winning films across some categories along with a new section titled The Achievers, which will feature biopics from across the world.
The Jagran Shorts category, an International competition for short films had films from countries like Turkey, India, Greece, US, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Morocco, Spain, Sri Lanka etc while the International Feature had films from Macedonia, Egypt, Brazil, India, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, China and other countries.
The Indian Showcase section showed brilliant movies like Amaraavati (Kannada), Anarkali of Arrah, Angamali Diaries, Antareen (Assamese) , Charandas Chor, Doctor Rakhmabai, Hindi Medium, Mukti Bhawan, Jolly LLB 2, Martin(Konkani), Messi(Bengali), Naam Shabana, Pink, Posto (Bengali), Rama Rama Re (Kannada), The Ghazi Attack, Tope (Bengali), Trapped, Veeram (Hindi) etc.