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MIFF in Odisha: A hope for aspiring documentary filmmakers


Updated Wednesday July 06, 2016

MIFF, Film Festival, Documentary, Odisha, Cuttack  

Showcasing some of the best cinematic works, MIFF in Odisha becomes the platform to come close to world cinema and understand how stories are told through short films and documentaries. It certainly bears a lot of hope for filmmakers aspiring to become a documentary filmmakers.

HNF Correspondent  

Odisha’s premier Institute for Film Studies, Biju Pattanaik Film and Television Institute of Odisha (BPFTIO), has organized a non-competitive documentary, short and animation film festival ‘MIFF in Odisha’ from 8th to 10th of February, 2013, in collaboration with Films Division, Government of India. Held at the BPFTIO Auditorium in the filigree city of Cuttack, the festival screened selected award winning films featured in the Mumbai International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation films (MIFF).

MIFF in Odisha showcased some of world’s finest cinematic works made during last eight years. While Ashvin Kumar directed ‘Little Terrorist’, which was also nominated for the 2005 Oscar Awards for Live Action Short Film, was screened as the opening film, a film about the filmmaker Gaurav Jani's solo motorcycle journey from Mumbai to the Changthang Plateau in Ladakh, ‘Riding Solo to the Top of the World’ marked the culmination of the festival.


A total of 26 films screened in the festival include ‘Good morning Mumbai’ by Rajesh Thakare and Troy Vasanth, ‘Vitthal’ by Vinoo Choliparambil, ‘The Elephant Boy’ – a true story film – made by UK based filmmaker Rene Mohan Das.

Apart from offering an opportunity to the students of Cuttack based BPFTIO, Bhubaneswar based KIIT University’s School of film and Media Sciences and Journalism and Mass-Communication students studying in different colleges and universities, including IIMC (Dhenkanal) and Ravenshaw University, to learn about short films and documentary making, it also attracted a good number of veteran filmmakers, celebrities of the Odisha film industry and aspiring filmmakers. Of about 2500 audience that visited the festival, the last day itself attracted over 800 members including veteran filmmakers, lovers screened ten numbers of films screened for the viewers.

“As documentary filmmaking is still a less explored area in Odisha, this festival certainly is a platform to produce more documentary filmmakers,” said Saroj Kumar Dash, Principal of the host institute BPFTIO.

“Inspired by the success of the festival, we have planned to make it a five days festival from the next event and the Films Division has also assured us to support that,” said Debaranjan Samal, media consultant of the festival.

‘MIFF’ is a festival held biennially. It began in 1990 as the Bombay International Film Festival (BIFF) and has since grown in size and stature as one of the premier international events of the documentary film movement. With overwhelming success of its past editions, MIFF is now considered one of the most spectacular international film festivals in the world. It is reckoned at par with prestigious international film festivals like Leipzig, Berlin, Oberhausen, Cracow, and Tampere.


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