With the beginning of the new year, the season of International Film Festivals has also started. After the Kashmir, Pune, and Jaipur film festivals, Chambal International Film Festival (CIFF) took place in Kota. The two-day festival concluded on Sunday and it screened more than 200 Indian and foreign-language films.
It screened feature films, short films, documentaries, animations and music videos of Indian and international filmmakers. Movies were awarded under 45 categories including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and several others throughout the festival.
Festival director Dr. Kapil Siddharth said that films from 35 countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, France, Japan, China, Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Australia, Austria, Korea, and Croatia among others were received for the festival.
“The audience in Kota got a chance to watch some wonderful feature films, short films, documentary films, animation films and music videos of various international filmmakers,” he added.
The festival was organized by Anugoonj Media Pvt Ltd and it screened India’s official entry to Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category, ‘Court’.
Lyricist Sayeed Quadri, filmmaker Mazhar Kamran and music composer, and singer Kshitij Tarey were present there as the jury members. Tarey even gave a mesmerizing musical performance.
75 filmmakers, including Uwe Schwarzwalder (Switzerland), Mercia Thompson (Australia), Brendan McKiny (Canada), Anwar Hussain Pinto (Bangladesh) and Joy Mastino (Croatia) were present at the event.
Films in Hindi, English, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Malyalam, Telugu, Assamese, Tamil, Russian, French, Mandarin, Japanese, Swedish, Polish, Arabic, German, Portuguese, Persian, Haiti etc were screened during the fest.