SF Global Fest aims to empower

May 18, 2015, 07:00 IST | The Hitlist Team

Chulbuli Pandey

The San Francisco Global Movie Festival is part of the 22-year-old Festival of Globe — Silicon Valley (FOG-SV), formerly known as the Festival of India celebrations.

Dr Romesh K Japra
Dr Romesh K Japra

The festival will be held from August 7 to 16 with the awards night at the legendary SAP Center in San Jose. The festival not only showcases Bollywood and Hollywood films, but includes fashion shows, panel discussions, workshops, dance performances and festive galas with Indian, Latino, Chinese and Far East communities. Independent movie producers and investors also attend the event.

There will also be venture-capitalist and pitching sessions apart from panel discussions with stalwarts and corporates.

Though a cardiologist by profession, Romesh K Japra has been leading the festival for the past 22 years as an initiative of the Federation of Indo Americans of Northern California (FIA). “The effort behind Festival of Globe – Silicon Valley (FOG-SV), and San Francisco Global Movie Fest-2015 has been a result of meeting the demands of immigrants of USA .

We are the only festival that aims to engage global views, participants, brands and audiences. We aim to reduce the gap between the global pool of talented movie makers and investors,” adds Dr Japra.

Actor Prashantt Guptha has been appointed advisor and festival ambassador of the San Francisco Global Film Festival. He has also signed a three-film deal with a California-based producer.

Prashantt Guptha
Prashantt Guptha

Last year, Prashantt’s film Identity Card won the Best Film award at the festival. He had bagged the Best Supporting Actor award.

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