Biffes returns to city, 180 films from 55 countries to be screened

After witnessing a weeklong theatre festival, the city is now all set to co-host the 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival.

Addressing a press meet here in the city on Wednesday, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Chairman S V Rajendra Singh Babu said, “As part of the Biffes which is held simultaneously in Bengaluru and Mysuru from last year, selected movies will be screened on four screens in the Inox multiplex from February 3.

“Various international, national and regional films will be screened as part of the film festival in the city and competition will be held in five sections, including Indian, Kannada, and Kannada popular entertainment. As many as 12 films in each section have been shortlisted after reviewing the entries,” he added.

Singh said, “This year, the focus will be on Luxembourg, Egypt and Vietnam. Under retrospective, Zoltan Fabri, director from Hungary, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Bangla (India) and Harini (Kannada actor) will be in focus. Homage will be paid to J Jayalalithaa, M Balamuralikrishna, Om Puri, Dr Ashok Pai, actor Kashi, Andrzej Wajda (Poland), Abbas Kiarostami (Iran), Paul Cox (Australia) Jacques Rivette and Raoul Cottard (France). Centenary tributes will be paid to producer B S Ranga, filmmakers G V Iyer and Kemparaj Urs and writer M K Indira.”

The Inauguration ceremony of the 9th BIFFes will be held in Bengaluru whereas the valedictory will be held at Mysuru and the award will be distributed on the Mysuru Palace premises on February 9. Governor Vajubhai R Vala, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and a galaxy of filmmakers, celebrities are expected to grace the occasion.

Registration for delegates commenced from the first week of January at the Information Department Office in Mysuru. The fee is Rs 600 for general public while it is Rs 300 for students, film society members, senior citizens and KFCC members. Online registration is also available.

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