Kolkata International Film Festival deferred to January next year

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By: PTI | Kolkata |

October 29, 2020 6:40:37 pm

Sourav Ganguly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rakhee Gulzar, Shah Rukh Khan and others attend the lamp lighting ceremony through the inauguration of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival held in 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF), scheduled to be held in November, has been deferred to January next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned on Thursday.

Initially the 26th version of the KIFF, with restricted variety of guests, was scheduled to be held from November 5 to 12. It will now be organised from January 8 to 15, 2021.

Banerjee posted on her twitter deal with, “After receiving global film fraternity’s consent, I hereby inform all stakeholders of Kolkata International Film Festival & cinelovers that our festival has been rescheduled, given the current circumstances. “It will now be held from Jan 8-15, 2021. Let the preparations begin!”

Ace movie director Goutam Ghosh, who’s a key member of the organising committee, instructed PTI, “it is a wise decision. As we want to screen films in theatres for the people of the state who love to watch cinema, we cannot keep them out of the event.”

Asked if the competition will likely be held in bodily format or digital ones, Ghosh mentioned, “let me inform you, the number of all movies in several sections has already been accomplished. So there wouldn’t have been any downside in digital screening even throughout November.

“But the chief minister and everyone involved in this festival, including me, want public participation in this annual carnival of world and regional movies. This had been the main objective of KIFF all these years. We don’t want to change that inclusiveness.”

Physical screenings in a restrained method had been organised within the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival in July and September respectively, however at the moment the pandemic was abating in these two locations.

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