Touted to be India’s only travelling film festival, the 6th Jagran Film Festival is back with a bang. With the aim to bring cinema closer to cinema lovers across the length and breadth of India, this year’s edition commences in Delhi from 1st July’2015 – 5th July’2015 to be held at Siri Fort Auditorium. Centered on the ‘Happiness’ theme, this year’s festival reaches new horizons with its color, collection and cinematic delights as it travels through 17 cities over the next 3 months making it India’s largest film festival by geographical reach.
The gala opening of the 5-day festival in Delhi will bring a bouquet of films under competitive categories such as ’Indian Feature’, ‘Top Shorts’, ‘Jagran Shorts’, ‘Cinema of the sellers’ and ‘Debut Directors’. Besides offering a larger-than-life premiere platform for films in the ‘Jagran Premiere’ category, the festival salutes the ‘old is gold’ under the ‘Retrospective’ section, and also pays homage to one-of-its kind Hindi classics in the ‘Homage’ category.
This year’s festival bets to leave film lovers wishing for more with a handpicked lineup of crème de-la crème shorts films in the ‘Top Shorts’ category that showcases sans dialogue film ‘1 Man 8 Cameras’, French films ‘Leftover’ and ‘Your Heart at Random’, Korean films ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Minsu Kim in Wonderland’, Dutch film ‘Démontable’, Persian short ‘Futile Garden’ among others. Under ‘Jagran Shorts’ a variety of global films such as ‘Hiroshima’ (Indian), ‘Gen X 01’ (Hindi), Swedish films ‘600$’ and ’Repestre’, ‘Vithya’ (Marathi), Arabic film ‘Ailia’ and others compete for the coveted ‘Best Short Film’ title.
Indian feature section this year brings iconic Bollywood hits along with some regional must-watch films including ‘Toymaker’ (Malayalam), ‘Chotoder Chobi’ (Bengali), ‘Arohi’ (Assamese), ‘Postcard’ (Marathi) among others.
Within the non-competitive ‘Happiness’ section, the festival revisits some of the most inspiring films of all times including ‘Life is Beautiful’, ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ and ‘Gone with the Wind’; all-time Hindi favorites such as ‘Anand’, ‘Guide’ etc. along with other iconic films from the world cinema.
The festival also features a rendezvous with some masters of the cinema world who engage, enlighten and educate on various topics in their workshops and master classes. Film enthusiasts at Delhi can experience the first brush of this year’s creative workshops with ‘Screenwriting Workshop by Anjum Rajabali’, ‘Still Photography workshop by Krishhna Murthy’, a session on ‘How Films are made’ with Somnath Sen and an exclusive tete-e-tete with filmmaker Subhash Ghai on various elements of film-making.
The official spokesperson of the 6th Jagran Film Festival shared, “With the 6th edition of Jagran Film Festival, we have tried to exceed our own benchmarks while curating a film extravaganza that not only showcases some of the finest films from India and the world over, but also leaves indelible imprints on everyone who has an insatiable appetite for narrating and discovering stories. From exploring newer cultures, to learning some rare film skills, this year is packed with a whole bunch of out-of-the-world experiences for every curious and film-loving heart in India.”
The 6th Jagran Film Festival has also engaged the American Center as the official country focus partner, where the best of the American Cinema will be screened in all the festival cities to promote its culture through the voice of films.
The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival will traverse from Delhi to the Indian hinterlands of Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal before culminating in Mumbai.
In close collaboration with festival partners such as Whistling Woods International (WWI), Film Federation of India (FFI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the 2015 edition is all set to surpass its own last benchmarks of presenting over 16 cinema appreciation workshops, 400 screenings in 17 cities, that were witnessed by a direct audience of more than 50000 film aficionados and a media reach-out to nearly 50 million people in India in 2014.