Now showing: From Pune to Jaipur

The 2013 edition of the Jaipur International Film Festival is all set to start. Last year, the festival featured more than 10 participants who submitted a documentary, an animation film as well as short films. The films had been sent from the Pune University-Film and Media Department, Film Television Institute of India (FTII) and Symbiosis.

Swapnil Moghe, whose short film Dhuka-The Mist, was screened last year, says, “The experience of participating in the festival was nice and the people were very good. We had sent them the film and after getting selected, we got a prompt reply from them.”

He was seconded by Suresh K Goswami whose documentary My Hero was shown in the 2012 edition of the festival. “The 21 minute documentary is on the physically challenged children and how they achieve their targets,” he says.

Hanu Roj, founder of the festival, said, “The purpose of this festival is to promote new movie makers, ensure an exchange of knowledge, information, ideas and culture between India and other nations in context of their social and cultural ethos. JIFF also promotes friendship and co-operation among people of the world through the medium of films and documentaries.

Till date, the mission of our festival was to reach as many film makers as possible, and to invite them to the glorious Pink City. With the participation of 90 countries, enrollment of 1,397 films and screening of 217 films in JIFF and 26 films in The Merchant (Film Market), we are heading in the right direction. We started with merely one screen and this year we are having as many as 11 screens for the exhibition of JIFF films. As far as the number of persons working is concerned, it is the smallest team any festival has, and our budget has been the lowest of all the festivals in the world.”

Shivangi Ranavat, who was a student of DSK Supinfocom, Pune, said that participating was a learning experience. Her team was the only team that had sent an animated film titled Little Gypsy, for the festival.

Dharmendra Narain, director, FTII, said “Festivals are good for students. They offer a platform for students to showcase their works to a larger audience and gain recognition once they get entry into the festival. This is a good opportunity for all students to flourish in their field.”

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