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Gearing up: Jaimala, president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, along with other members, addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Gearing up: Jaimala, president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, along with other members, addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Screening of over 70 outstanding films from 40 countries and over 20 milestone Kannada films representing 75 years of Kannada cinema will mark the third edition of the weeklong Bengalooru International Film Festival (Biffes) organised by the Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy in association with the State Government and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce.

Chairman of the organising committee of the festival V.N. Subba Rao told presspersons here on Tuesday that the mega event would be held from January 15 to 22 in the city. The festival would be inaugurated at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall in the presence of top personalities from cinema, television, culture and political fields on January 15, 2009.

The films, including those in DVD format, would be screened at Vision Cinemas multiplex, K.H. Patil Auditorium on K.H. Road (Double Road) and the Suchitra Auditorium on B.V. Karanth Road, Banashankari second stage. Besides, efforts were being made to screen landmark Kannada films at the historical Badami House in N.R. Square opposite the head office of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, to mark the Platinum Jubilee year of Kannada Vakchitra, he added.

Felicitation

The nonagenarian film producer, director, studio owner and cinematographer, B.S. Ranga, would be felicitated on the last day of the festival in recognition of his career spanning over seven decades. A monograph on Mr. Ranga and a book, both in English and Kannada, on the celebrated director, the late N. Lakshminarayan, would be released during the festival, Mr. Rao said.

Workshops on cinematography and animation, a documentary film on Kannada cinema music, seminars, including a curtain raiser seminar on various aspects of Kannada cinema would be held on December 21. Lectures would also mark the event, he added.

The Chairperson of the KFCC, Jaimala, said it was an honour for the Kannada cinema industry to associate itself with the Biffes on the occasion of 75 years of Kannada cinema. Films of the late actor-producer M.P. Shankar, the late director-producer K.V. Jayaram and the late lyricist, director and producer R.N. Jayagopal would be screened on the occasion as mark of respect, she added.

Artistic Director of the festival H.N. Narahari Rao said a total of 90 films would be screened at the festival.

However, the number and details of the films would be confirmed after the conclusion of the Goa Film Festival to be held shortly. Besides Kannada films, an estimated 10 Indian language films were expected to be screened, he said.

The executive director of the film, N. Vidyashankar, said the Government had promised to extend a grant of Rs. 25 lakh for the event. The organisers were hopeful of mobilising the funds through sponsors and donors. The organisers were also keen on providing global exposure for deserving Kannada films at the festival, he added.

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