Ushering in film fever with OCFF


Ushering in film fever with OCFF

Where will one get to watch films as disparate as Keiichi Sato’s Asura alongside Chitrangada by Rituparno Ghosh and Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur 1 & 2?

At the 12th Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival, that is where. Delhiites are in for a real treat as they will get to enjoy the best of world cinema at two venues – Siri Fort Complex and Blue Frog at Kila Complex between July 27-August 5. 

Over 175 films that will be screened during the 12th OCFF, the festival provides a platform for eight international premieres, 13 Asian premieres, 15 world premieres and 104 Indian premieres.

This will make it the biggest film event in the country with participation from nations like China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria among several others.

This year’s focus will be on ‘Freedom of Creative Thought and Expression.’ How important is it for an art form to work in this direction? “Moments of repression can inspire great outbursts of creative anger and dissent, however sooner or later the suffocation will strangle not just the collective voice but even individual aspirations...

Thus the very prerequisite of great creativity is freedom... There are no lines to be drawn within one’s mind. It is the duty for all to fight for this unqualified right, for the creative spirit resides in one and all of us,” remarks Neville Tuli, Osian’s Group Chairman.  

OCFF has added a new component to the festival with the introduction of music with performances by renowned artistes every night at Blue Frog. It also serves the dream that Neville has long nurtured - to amalgmate different art disciplines under the same umbrella. 

He has also announced the launch of Osianama complex for promoting good cinema culture in Delhi by September. There will also be a global summit on ‘Delhi: India’s Next Film City?’ Indu Shrikent, the festival’s director says, “It will be an important landmark in helping Delhi move towards becoming a  global cultural hub and opens out the possibility of new film centers in North India.

 To facilitate filmmaking in Delhi or creating a roadmap for making Delhi the next cinema hub we need the government machinery to be involved for policy-making. The summit will involve participation of eminent leaders from the government including Sheila Dikshit, leading administrators and eminent filmmakers like Bobby Bedi, Shekhar Kapur, Imitiaz Ali, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee among many others.”

Master classes on animation and daily film screenings have also been curated exclusively for children this time. Short features, first features and other events at Blue Frog have been specially progra­mmed to engage the youth in specific activities, debates and discussions. 

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