December 26, 2013 to January 2, 2014
The 6TH Bengaloru International Film Festival, was held for a week from December 26, 2013 to January 2, 2014 with all the trappings of any major film event of its kind. There was the main Cinema of the World section featuring some of the most outstanding contemporary films made in various parts of the world, in addition to separate Competition sections for Contemporary Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema, Country focus(Poland & Taiwan), retrospectives of celebrated Directors/Artistes( Mr. Goran Paskaljevis from Serbia, Ms. Claire Denise from France, legendary film maker Late Bimal Roy from Indiaand Ms. Malini Fonseca of Sri Lanka), Special genre films (Train films). Special screening of films made in different dialects of Karnataka was also held. Special tributes were paid to Kannada film Icon Dr. Rajkumar and homages were paid to film personalities who passed away during the year, Rituparno Ghosh, Rajendra Babu and Sundarnath Suvarna. There were special forums for films which have won International Critics (FIPRESCI) award and also specifically for Asian films which have won NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema) awards. Academic activities like Study of aesthetics of films by the British film maker Mike Leigh, Seminars, workshops, media get together, parties were extended activities of the festival. A large contingent of eminent film makers from India and abroad, Film festival organizers, Film Society activists participated in the festival as special invited delegates. More than 160 films from nearly 45 countries were screened during the festival. The festival was attended by nearly 5000 delegates, a large part of it being that of the new generation of film enthusiasts. It also saw the enthusiastic participation of the members of the Kannada film Industry comprising of Artistes, film makers and the various industry organisations. The attention it received from the media was stupendous.
Curtains went up for the festival at a formal inaugural ceremony at the Jnanajyothi Auditorium on Palace Road on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 5.30 PM, when the popular and celebrated Actor/ Director of Indian Cinema Shri Kamal Hasan inaugurated the festival in the presence of the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah. The event saw the participation of the entire Kannada film Industry, large number of Ministers, delegates from India and abroad, Distinguished Jury members for different competitions from India and abroad and of course large number of film loving public. The star-studded event also saw the presentation of a few cultural events and the film, “Bekas”, from Iraq was screened as the inaugural film. The core of the activity, the screening of celebrated films, started unfolding from the next day. The films flourished on screens at the four venues (Fun Cinemas Complex, Cunningham Road, Fame Lido Complex on Ulsoor Road, Sulochana, Infantry Road and Badami House at N.R. Square and so did the presentation of cast and crew of films on show in the Festival and specially the invited delegates. The festival concluded with a grand event at Fun Cinemas on Thursday, January 2, 2014, in the presence of the Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka, Shri Hansraj Bharadwaj who presented the awards to winners of Asian, Indian and Kannada Competitions.
A number of press meets, discussions, and interactions with the delegates, media and the film lovers were held during the week. Varied topics on films mediated an open discussion between the invitees, delegates and the press. A catalogue of films presented in the festival was also brought out.