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The Kolkata Film Festival
; Bengali: কলকাতা ফিল্ম ফেস্টিভাল
) is an annual film festival
A film festival is an organised, extended presentation of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues, usually in a single locality. More and more often film festivals show part of their films to the public by adding outdoor movie screenings...
held in Kolkata
Kolkata , formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it was the commercial capital of East India...
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, which previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Founded in 1995, it is second oldest international film festival in India. The festival is organized by West Bengal Film Centre under the West Bengal Government. The 17th edition of Kolkata Film Festival held alive on 10th November, 2011 in Kolkata.
Commemorating the glorious heritage of the Film Society movement, the Government of West Bengal created Nandan
Nandan may refer to:*Nandan, Hyōgo, a town in Mihara District, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan*Nandan , a cultural center in Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal*Meera Nandan , an Indian actress*Satya Nandan, a diplomat and lawyer...
the West Bengal Film Centre in 1985. Inaugurated by Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was an Indian Bengali filmmaker. He is regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. Ray was born in the city of Kolkata into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature...
, the centre started functioning from the year of its genesis. It has astounded countless film lovers of all over the world because of its marvelous hanging architecture.
Nandan not only provided the technical infrastructure for the film movement, but bestowed fruits to the Bengal intelligentsia for cerebral cultivation. From the moment of its foundation the Kolkatan film buffs demanded their own film festival that Bengal thoroughly deserved.
In 1995, Nandan organized its first ever independent film festival. Within a couple of years it was recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers' Associations – Paris), the international authority of film festival & sometimes called the most intellectual Film Festival in Asia. For years Nandan has marched forward in building a proper film culture, travelling parallel to the so-called mainstream. Now, the Kolkata Film Festival is in its 15th year and shares a permanent place in the international film festival calendar, showcasing films from all over the world.
- Nandan I (Press, Delegates & Guests)
- Nandan II (Press, Delegates & Guests)
- Nandan III (Press, Delegates & Guests)
- Sisir Mancha (Press, Delegates & Guests)
- Rabindra Sadan
Rabindra Sadan is a cultural centre and theatre in Calcutta, located near the Nandan cinema and cultural complex and the Academy of Fine Arts on AJC Bose Road in South Kolkata. Construction began on 5 August 1961 and ended October 1967...
- New Empire
- Girish Mancha
- Madhusudan Mancha - for FFSI Members
- Purbashree Auditorium (EZCC, Salt Lake City)
- Okakura - Rabindra Bhavan (Salt Lake)
- SRFTI (Main Auditorium)
- Cinema International
- All Time Greats
- Focus (Region/Country)
- Indian Select
- Children's Screen
- Special Screening
- Short (fiction, non-fiction)
- Children and Youth
- Feature Films Cinema
- Short Films
- Telefilms (occasionally)
Other Associate Events and their location
- FILM MARKET - Festival Campus
- ACADEMIC SESSIONS - Bangla Academy
- FACE TO FACE - Film Market Campus
- INTERACTIVE SESSIONS - Jibanananda Sabhaghar (Bangla Academy Premises)
- PRESS CONFERENCE - Media Centre (Nandan IV)
- EXHIBITION - Nandan II Foyer
- FILM BOOK BAZAAR - Bangla Academy Campus
- Directors' Fortnight
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- List of Palme d'Or winners
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- Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
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- Toronto International Film Festival
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