Film personalities such as Yograj Bhat, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan and Pooja Gandhi will be present on various days.

The preparations for the fifth edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES), which started a bit late this year, are in full swing. Organisers are still in the throes of making decisions on new features to attract the crowds as well as events that will cater to discerning and niche audiences.

At Freedom Park

Apart from the core festival activities, there will be several public screenings of popular films at Freedom Park. One of the organisers told The Hindu that six films will be screened in the open between December 21 and 26 December at 6 p.m. “They will be mostly popular films. Usually, film festivals cater to a small audience; we want to break stereotypes,” he said.

He said that as most of the screenings are art films and world cinema, popular films will help them cater to a large audience.

They include Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films such as Bangarada Manusha, Sagara Sagamam, Basha, Stri Shakthi, Traffic and Nagarahavu.

Film personalities such as Yograj Bhat, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan and Pooja Gandhi will be present on various days.

A seminar on how the arrival of digital camera has brought about changes in film-making and a master class on how sound can be used in film creatively will be conducted by British editor Andrew Bird.