Beyond IFFI, Goan screens are abuzz with good cinema
From weekly film club screenings to regular film festivals, it’s a fiesta for the avid cinephile. With the conclusion of the Women’s film festival and ahead of the State Film festival, Cafe takes a look at what’s drawing Goan audiencesAround the world, and across the country, you have film festivals, curated for niche audiences that provide a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work and an outlet for locals to enjoy various forms and genres of cinema. Even as Goa is now synonymous with The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the state has come to offer a cinematic experience to Goans via its film clubs where movies are screened every week and its film festivals that are held almost every month. “Building on its mandate to create public consciousness about films and film festivals, the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) endeavours to inculcate a cinematic sense of appreciation,” said ESG Vice chairman Rajendra Talak. Close on the heels of the recently concluded science film festival, which saw a great response, especially from the student community, ESG has just completed its Women’s Day Film Festival. The festival was a four days entertainment bonanza from March 8 to March 11 that catered to connoisseurs of renowned filmmaker Sumitra Bhave’s Award winning movies. Her films such as Vastupurush, Devrai, Astu and Kaasav were screened at Maquinez Palace, Panaji as well as 1930 K Sera Sera Vasco. Celebrated actors like Mohan Agashe and Atul Kulkarni were present for the inaugural session and along with Bhave, interacted with the audience. The event was organised by The Cinephile Film Club of ESG who have played an interesting role in filling the gaps between the major film festivals. In addition to quiz contests, film appreciation and film journalism workshops, there has been a steady interest in the type of films that are selected for the weekly screenings. Riding the Stallion of a Dream (Kannada), Departures (Japanese), Full Metal Jacket (Directed by Stanley Kubrick), Rififi (French), Stroszek (German), In The Mood For Love (Chinese), Blind Chance (Polish), Kes (1969), Notorious (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock), and the award winning Hindi film Masaan; are just some of the examples. The next big event on the agenda is the 9th Goa State Film Festival, a premier event conducted by the Department of Information and Publicity and ESG, which is organised every alternate year. The last day for the applications is on March 25. “A four day Goa State Film Festival will be organized from April 21 and all the films participating in this state competition will be screened for public. It gives artistes, producers and directors an opportunity to showcase and orchestrate their professional excellence in the field of cinema, said Rajendra Talak. The film festival is also known for the Goa State Film awards. “The award ceremony will be held on April 24, to celebrate Konkani Cinema Day. On this day, the first Goan Konkani Cinema Mogacho Aunddo, was released in Mapusa in 1950, produced by ‘Father of Konkani Cinema’ Al Jerry Braganza,” added Talak. IThe films which are completed from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2017 will be eligible for this State Awards. There will be 2 categories- ‘Feature Films’ which will have two sections, Konkani and Marathi separately, whereas, ‘Non-Feature films’ will have a combined section for Konkani and Marathi languages. In the Feature Films section, the first prize for Best Film and Best Direction gets an award of Rs. 500000 each. There are other categories such as Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Child Artiste, Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Lyrics, Music Director, Playback Singer (male/ female), Cinematography, Editor, Audiography, Art Director and Costume. In the Non-Feature Films section, the awards for best fiction and non- fiction, that get a cash prize of Rs. 100000 each. The other categories include Best Cinematography, Audiography, editing, music direction and theme.
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