What’s It’s All About:
June 16 – 19, 2011
Narmad International Film Festival (NIFF Surat 2011) is an international film festival hosted in Surat, Gujarat. NIFF aspires to be a leader in bringing to Gujarat some of the best films, filmmakers and artistes from India and across the world.
NIFF also strives to revive Gujarati cinema by providing the right environment for local artistes to showcase their talent. In addition to screening films, NIFF will create a platform for film-related workshops, discussions, networking opportunities and film events.
This four-day festival will begin with an opening ceremony on June 16, followed by the opening film, The White Land, a true story of salt workers in the Little Desert of Gujarat. Directed by Jayant Gilatar, the movie stars Gracy Singh, Ashish Chaudhary, Raghubir Yadav, Seema Biswas, Govind Namdev and Mukesh Rishi.
The festival will showcase 18 to 20 films including Indian Cinema (Hindi and regional-language films) as well as world cinema. It will also feature Children’s Films and will emphasise Gujarati Films. A special screening of the classic, National Award-winning film, Saraswatichandra (1968), based on the Gujarati novel Saraswatichandra written by Govardhanram Tripathi, will be held on June 17.
NIFF is an initiative by K-Cell Consulting. The organising team includes Kashyap Pandya – Festival Director (Founder Director – Synapse Marketing Consultancy, Mumbai) Govind Rai –Marketing & Operations (Sunset Boulevard Cinemagic) and Krunal Desai. NIFF is supported by the Film Society of Surat and Whistling Woods International, Mumbai (Workshop Partner).
Watch Out For!
NIFF will announce the first Narmad Film Award, which will be given to a Gujarati film personality for his or her contribution to Gujarati cinema. Other highlights include the exhibition of cartoons of famous Indian film personalities by well-known cartoonists Nirmish Thaker at the Art Gallery – Science Centre Surat and inaugurated by Farooq Shaikh.
The festival will host a panel discussion on How to Revive Gujarati Film Industry (Auditorium – Science Centre Surat) on June 17, and workshops on filmmaking and script-writing by Whistling Woods International (Auditorium – Science Centre Surat) on June 18 and 19.
Luminaries attending the festival include Om Puri, Divya Dutta, Anant Mahadevan, Mahesh Manjarekar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda , Mahima Chaudhary, Seema Biwas, Govind Namdeo and Mukesh Rishi.
Red Carpet premiere of Dear Friend Hitler
• Red Carpet welcome and screening of Karz with director Subhash Ghai
• Gala Opening Ceremony on June 16, with opening performance by Gracy Singh and her troupe
• Filmmaking workshop in association with Whistling Woods International by Subhash Ghai and Anjum Rajabali