OdishaPlus Bureau

Odia cinema enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers, rejoice! The Bhubaneswar Film Festival (BFF) is all set to enthrall audiences for three days, from 7-9 June 2024, at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

Hosted by Bhubaneswar Film Circle, the exclusive Odia Film festival will screen 15 award winning & classic Odia films since 1960. Open to all, the screening at Jayadev Bhawan auditorium starts around 9:30 AM across all 3 days. Each day a total of 5 cinemas will be screened.

The festival boasts an impressive lineup of guests from Odia & Mumbai film fraternity. The Inaugural ceremony, scheduled at 7:15 PM on 7 June 2024, will be attended by Directors Ketan Mehta and Prashanta Nanda, Cinematographer and Director AK Bir, Actor & Producer Deepa Sahi along with Actor & Director of National School of Drama (NSD) Chitta Ranjan Tripathy.

The occasion will initiate insightful discussions offering a deeper appreciation for Odia cinema’s remarkable nine-decade journey. BFF will also felicitate a few personalities for their outstanding contribution to Odia film industry.

Acclaimed Odia filmmaker Prashanta Nanda says “Film festivals are an opportunity to discuss new ideas, technology and voices. In line with the same, BFF shall serve as a platform to showcase Odia cinema and connect young film enthusiasts, seniors and aspiring filmmakers”.

The BFF also extends a hand towards aspiring storytellers. Exclusive masterclasses are organized which will be led by renowned casting director and filmmaker, Mukesh Chhabra & acclaimed director, Amit Rai from Bollywood. The masterclasses will engage budding actors, screenplay writers & filmmakers of the vicinity gaining insights upon the creative industry. The classes will be held on 8 & 9 June for the participants registered online.

Excited to deliver a masterclass on Screenplay Writing at the event, Bollywood director Amit Rai of OMG2 fame invites the aspiring filmmakers of Odisha to participate in the same and talk about films, making them and all things in between, via a special video message shared on BFF social channels.

Popular Casting Director and Director of Bollywood Mukesh Chhabra who is set to join BFF on 8th June said, “I look forward to join BFF while also taking a masterclass on Film Acting exploring the scope in the Bollywood.”

The festival will unveil a bilingual scholarly publication, titled ‘Odia Cinema@90,’ showcasing edited articles on different facets of Odia Film industry celebrating its voyage since 1936.

The cinema is a creative & powerful expression to showcase & celebrate our language, culture & identity. Thus, Bhubaneswar Film Festival aims to offer diverse opportunities for the stakeholders, especially the young folks of the industry, to interact with the veteran filmmakers, actors & technicians for networking & learning, while fostering a vibrant film community.

BFF will witness many renowned filmmakers, actors & experts from Odia & Mumbai Film industry. The organizers thus, invite Odisha based cine fraternity, media & movie enthusiasts to join in large number during the 3-day fest.

Leading digital media platform from the region OdishaLIVE joins the Bhubaneswar Film Festival as Communication Partner.

The Core Members of BFF include Filmmaker Sanjoy Patnaik, renowned Bollywood Sound Designer Subash Sahoo, Actor & Anchor Sukant Rath and Senior Film Journalist Ashok Palit.