The 10th edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) begins on 22nd February 2018. This celebration will go on till the 1st of March and will feature over 800 films from over 60 nations. This time, the theme for the festival is ‘human rights and social justice’. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will inaugurate the festival with the latter slated to give a speech on human rights and social justice.
The chief guests for the festival includes Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, multi-award winning Iranian actor Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, and producer and cinematographer Marc Baschet. The inaugural film for the week-long festival is the Italian comedy film, ‘It’s the Law’. Over 800 films are participating in the festival with 200 films in the competition category.
In the competition category, 142 films are Indian and 50 films are Asian. The movies competing in the Asian category include the likes of ‘A Letter to the President’ (Afghanistan), ‘The Bold The Corrupt and The Beautiful’ (Taiwan) and ‘Peddayi’ (Tulu).
In the Indian category, the chosen films include ‘Clint’ (Malayalam), ‘Hebbuttu Ramakka’ (Kannada), ‘Pimphal’ (Marathi) and ‘Evening Shadows – Surmaee Shaam’ (Hindi). While in the category of world cinema, some of the movies awaiting cinephiles are ‘Scary Mother’ (Georgia), ‘Call me Thief’ (South Africa), ‘Dying’ (Spain), ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ (Tunisia) and ‘April’s Daughter’ (Mexico).
The festival will also have various seminars, workshops and master classes on film-making and film appreciation to benefit aspiring film professionals, audiences and students.