Featured Image: The logo of Kolkata International Film Festival in 2013.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 18 September: FOR the first time since its inception in 1995, the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will be held on a different date slot because the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants it so.
The KIFF this year will be held from 14-21 November, instead of the 10-17 November slot that it has maintained all through its past 20 editions.
This is unprecedented for a recognised film festival of this stature as based on the fixed schedule, participants from all across divide their time between different movie fests well in advance.
“The dates have been changed this time because 10 November this year happens to be the day of Kali Puja and thereafter, there is Deepavali and Bhai Phonta festival. We do not want the festivities to clash with KIFF and hence the film fest has been postponed a little,” said noted Bengali film producer-director and a member of KIFF festival committee Haranath Chakraborty.
“Chief Minister Mamata Banerje wants maximum participation of the common people in KIFF,” he added.
Another member, not willing to be named, said that the festival committee had to write to the Paris-headquartered International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) to get the new dates approved following an instruction from the Chief Minister.
FIAPF is the apex body that regulates international film festivals worldwide and provides accreditation to the fests. Its rules have provisions for changing festival dates with prior approval but only in a case of a natural calamity of magnitude, proclamation of an emergency in a country, deterioration of law and order situation and any major festival.
The film festival committee has announced the new dates on its website ~ www.kff.in . It reads: “Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), accredited by FIAF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) was held from 10-17 November every year in Kolkata, India since its inception…This year, 21st edition of KIFF will be held from 14-21 November 2015.”
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee had shifted out the KIFF’s inaugural venue from Nandan to Netaji Indoor Stadium so to “make it available to the masses.”
For the past three editions, the annual movie gala is being opened at the Indoor Stadium and so far it is decided to be the inaugural venue this year as well, unless of course, Banerjee relocates it to somewhere else at the last moment.