Bhubaneswar:18/9/`18:IDFFB 2018 is a three days long film festival screening  acclaimed documentary works from across the subcontinent, the focus being to showcase unseen stories from across the regions to our viewers. The organizing team is Film Society of Bhubaneswar (FSB) which has curated films of artistic merit, in association with Vikalp, India Foundation of the Arts (IFA) and Kerala Chalachitra Academy. Film Society of Bhubaneswar has been screening the finest of world cinema since the last 15 years to help the people of Bhubaneswar discover rare and forgotten films which remain unappreciated and unexplored in the popular media. Our previous film festivals have been retrospectives of auteur filmmakers or focused on regional cinema, and this time we have decided to expand our efforts to cover and emphasize on non-fiction films.This  festival is scheduled to be commenced from 28th-30th September 2018 at 11am to 9pm at  Odissi Research Centre Audotorium,Bhubaneswar.

Apart from the film screenings, there will be art installations, movie quizzes, music events and writing competitions, poetry and literary readings for students to come and explore cinema from different dimensions.  Since film society is striving to create safe spaces of discussions and conversation in the state, there will be daily panel discussions with film critics, directors and actors regarding the relevance and power of the medium of documentary films in today’s world.

There will be masterclasses on film direction, script writing and film appreciation conducted by our special guests Qaushiq Mukherjee and Kamal Swaroop.

The films have been handpicked from across genres of visual arts and performing arts, music, politics, labor, cultural activism, love and sexuality, gender and much more. Ten out of the twenty films are directed by female filmmakers, in order to challenge the general misconception about the dearth of artistic films made by women in the Indian subcontinent.


About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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