Guwahati: The sixth edition of Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival (BVFF) is all set to begin at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre in Guwahati from November 28. This year, several film personalities such as Shakun Batra, Rajesh Mapuskar and Boman Irani are going to be a part of the four-day spectacle.
The festival will hold film screenings, interactive sessions, panel discussions and a film quiz ‘Cinemascope’, among a host of other engagements.
One of the most popular parts of the five-year-old film festival has been its ‘Short Film Contest’, which has received over 300 entries from across the Northeast. The top 15 films selected by the jury members will be screened at the fest. Some of the jury members include prominent filmmakers from the region such as Bhaskar Hazarika Meena Longjam, Wanphrang Diengdoh, Reema Kagti, Shiladitya Bora and Ronnie Lahiri.
Speaking to EastMojo, Tanushree Hazarika, Festival Director, BVFF said, “There is a brilliant selection of films, and we have spent a lot of time selecting these movies, we would love it if the audience appreciates our effort.”
Elaborating on the films selected, Hazarika pointed out, “Two films – Spring Thunder by national award-winning film director Sriram Dalton and Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock by Abhimanyu Kukreja — are going to have their India premiere at our festival. Apart from that, there are two Assamese films, Bornodi Bhotiai, which will be screened for the first time in Assam, and Bicycle.”
She added, “There are also films including Nagamese film Nani Teri Morni, Ralang Road from Sikkim, and several Bengali, Oriya and Hindi movies, among others.”
A Tattva Creations initiative, BVFF has been honouring senior filmmakers of the region with a lifetime achievement award as a tribute for their exceptional contribution to Northeast cinema. Continuing with the tradition, this year too, BVFF will honour renowned Assamese director Pulak Gogoi at the awards ceremony on the concluding day of the event, which is to be given by Union minister Smriti Irani.
Talking about the importance of such film festivals, Samujjal Kashyap, a renowned filmmaker and a member of the organising committee, said, “This festival is giving the liberty to independent filmmakers and it’s directly connecting with the independent filmmakers who want to make a film.”
When asked about their interaction with the filmmakers who submitted their films, Pallavi Barua, another member of the organising committee and a producer herself, pointed out, “When I interviewed the directors, I was very encouraged to see that a director made a movie on zero budget. There were also some which were made with a budget as less as Rs 45, Rs 200, and so on. This indicates an important trend that aspiring filmmakers or professional filmmakers these days do not need a big producer to produce their projects.”
The BVFF was conceived in 2013, and the organising team includes Tanushree Hazarika, festival director and managing director of Tattva Creations; Karma S Paljor, an eminent journalist and entrepreneur; Roopa Barua, filmmaker; Pallavi Barua, producer and lawyer; and Samujjal Kashyap, national award-winning filmmaker. Acclaimed film personalities Reema Kagti, Ronnie Lahiri, Adil Hussain and Shiladitya Bora are the honorary advisors who have helped shape the festival.