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17th edition of BYOFF will be held on February 21st to 25th on Puri beach

  Puri:20/2/20:Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) is an annual event held during February 21st to 25th every year on Puri beach. Puri being a famous heritage and temple town is an ideal place to express love for cinema, music and arts.

This year it will be the 17th edition of BYOFF which has evolved more than a film festival due its unique magical quality. BETTER INDIA lists this festival under 10 most exotic venues & unique themes of India while Lonely Planet also takes very highly mentioning it as one of the unique festivals of the world. ScoopWhoop also mentions it as one of the 10 Film Festivals In India That Are A Must Visit

BYOFF is a festival without hierarchy, competition, juries and awards and is truly a democratic platform meant for all. There are NO SUBMISSIONS. Anyone is welcome to land up at any time during these 5 days with their film and according to the time available in the schedule book a screening slot and show your film to the world. The idea is to have a festival minus the rules and regulations and where just about anybody – with or without films – could participate. Everyone who participates at BYOFF in any capacity, is encouraged to volunteer in the organization, as this is a not for profit event cobbled together by a bunch of creative people.

– The regular screenings of filmmakers coming with their films from across the globe will happen on all 5 days from sundown to midnight.

– Post midnight we will be screening classic films made by legendary filmmakers of the world.

– Explorations – During the day we will have sessions/seminars in and around cinema by acclaimed filmmakers.

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– Every evening, 6 PM to 8 PM, has been marked as a special slot to screen films made by young and new filmmakers of Odisha, thereby giving them a global platform to showcase their films.

The uniqueness of BYOFF also extends for the fact that here not only filmmakers but also artists from other disciplines like music, theatre, painting, sculpture, dance, literature and photography are encouraged to participate and show their work. In short, BYOFF can be best described as an informal and intimate gathering of artists with films in the backdrop where screenings go on early into the morning hours- first, inside make-shift tents and then in the open air after sun down.

For filmmakers, it has been an alternative platform ever since its first edition in the year 2004. We hope this year as well, the sea and sand would lift the spirits of each participant during there stay here and they would experience a film festival like none before.

 

About Ashok Palit

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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