Guwahati: Assam is all set to host the second edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) from October 25. After a successful innings last year, the film festival will screen 108 films in approximately 50 languages from over 50 countries between October 25 and 31. More than 70 filmmakers, actors and crew members are said to join the film spectacle.
The seven-day fest is being organised under the aegis of the state culture department, and Jyoti Chitraban in association with Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regional Film and Television Institute.
The opening ceremony will be held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra at 5.30 pm on Thursday. National Award-winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua’s film Bhoga Khirikee has been chosen as the inaugural film for the fest. It is also said to be the Indian premiere of the film produced under actress Priyanka Chopra’s banner Purple Pebble Pictures. The film stars Seema Biswas, Joy Kashyap, Sanjay Khargharia, Kasvi Sharma, Mohommed Ali Shah and Bishnu Khargharia.
The film festival, which is being held around the theme of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (the world is one family), will screen acclaimed films from countries like Spain, France, Argentina, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Cambodia, Croatia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Israel, Greece, Russia, Turkey, Philippines, Iran, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Qatar, Indonesia, Portugal, Venezuela, Sri Lanka and Mexico, among others.
GIFF artistic director Rahul Jain pointed out, “A special focus this year is on the 10 ASEAN nations, in line with the government’s Act East policy.”
Another important aspect of GIFF 2018 is the number of premieres that the film festival has managed to secure this time around. Two films from Latvia and one from Croatia are having their Asian premiere in Guwahati in the presence of their respective cast, crew and envoys from the respective countries.
Jain added, “Films from Argentina, Cambodia, Lithuania, India, UK, Brazil and Thailand shall also have their Indian premiere.”
Highlighting the importance of holding such premieres for a year-old festival, Jain further exclaimed, “Watch out for GIFF. It is indeed a unique achievement for a festival that is still in infancy.”
Last year, the festival had screened around 72 films.
The guest of honour at the opening ceremony will be Buddhadeb Dasgupta, an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, whose films have been showcased multiple times in international film festivals, such as in Berlin, Venice, Toronto and Cannes, among others.