PUNE: The names of the films, which will be screened in theWorld Competition’ and ‘Marathi Competition categories at the 19th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) jointly organized by the Pune Film Foundation (PFF) and the Government of Maharashtra has been announced. The festival will be held from March 11 to March 18, 2021.
Dr. Jabbar Patel, Festival Director, PIFF announced the names of the films in the World Competition and Marathi Competition categories along with the names of the jury members who will review the films this year and also the Marathi Films (Non-Competition Category) during a press conference held today.
Amit Tyagi, Associate Director, MIT School of Film and TV, Samar Nakhate, Creative Director, PIFF, Satish Alekar, and Dr. Mohan Agashe, Trustees of PIFF and Abhijeet Ranadive, Creative Head and Film Selection Committee Member, PIFF were present during the conference.
Dr. Jabbar Patel said, “Like every year, this year also 14 films have been selected in theWorld Competition’ category and 7 films in the ‘Marathi Competition category. Since the jury is an important part of the festival, this year eight jury members from around the world will review the films. Besides that, Mongolia’s ‘The Woman’ directed by Otgonzorig Batchuluun will be screened at the festival as the opening film.”
Vishal Shinde said, “A total of 26 films will be screened online and this year we will be using a secured foreign platform called ‘Shift 72’, which has been used earlier in International Film Festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Toronto. Through this, viewers will be able to log in from one device only. Movies are shown each day will be available to online viewers anytime for 24 hours and a link will be sent to the registered audience on their email. Through that, the identity of the spectator will be registered and there will be no risk of downloading or recording movies. PIFF has become the first international film festival in India to utilize this secured platform for the screening of the films.”
He also explained the rules for those who would visit the cinema to watch movies. “Social distancing will be maintained to avoid crowding at the theatres. It will be mandatory for every spectator to follow the rules and undergo body temperature test and use sanitizer.”
Amit Tyagi said, “Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to hold the annual ‘Student Film’ competition. But this year, we have invited at least 2-3 films from each of the 6 different organizations including Pune’s Film and Television, MIT Film and Television School, SRFTI, Kolkata, Whistling Woods, Mumbai, Jerusalem Film School, Israel, and Inkas Film School, Brazil, which will be shown. The films with a duration of 15 to 20 minutes deal with issues ranging from a middle-class life in Pune to national and international issues.”
The names of the films in the world Competition’ category:
The names of the Marathi Competition films:
The Jury names are as follows –
The names of the Marathi Cinema (Non -Competition):
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