Screening films in theatres all across the city, the 17th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) was held from January 10 to 17. The festival celebrated Mahatama Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary this year by theming itself around it, and screening some films on his life.
PIFF is organised by the Film Foundation of Pune in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra every year. A unique initiative called ‘PIFF forum’ has also been started recently, where a variety of discussions, lectures and master classes would be conducted concurrently with the festival.
PIFF opened this year with Damn Kids, directed by award-winning Chilean filmmaker Gonzalo Justiniano.
Competitions of ‘World’ and ‘Marathi’ films were a highlight, and these events were judged by a panel of esteemed jury members such as the Indian filmmaker Mr B. Lenin (a National Award winner) as well as Swedish actor and director Christer Holmgren.
Along with these a number of films were screened to pay homage to members of the film fraternity who had recently passed away.
A number of film screenings were also held in the following categories: Global, Asian, Indian, Documentary, Tribute,
Truth Prevails, Retrospective, Kaleidoscope, Country Focus and Student Films.
Across Pune, there were five venues that helped stage the event. These were City Pride in Kothrud and Satara Road,
the National Film Archive of India on Law College Road, Mangala Multiplex in Shivajinagar, and Inox Cinemas on Bund Garden Road.
Akhil Reddy, a third-year student of audiovisual production at SCMC who attended the event, commented on the growth of PIFF over the years. “The film festival has been consistently evolving and improving to bring the best of world cinema to Pune. It’s 17 years old already, and is on the road to become one of the beacons of India’s film festival circuit,” said Reddy.
Mignon Mascarenhas (Batch 2019)