Seven Islands International Film Festival launched in Cannes

Seven Islands International Film Festival launched in Cannes

– Call for entries announced for the four-day festival showcasing 50 films in four categories –

Cannes, France: Seven Islands International Film Festival (SIIFF), a celebration of auteurs in cinema from across the world, was launched in Cannes recently. The film festival, organised by the APNA Group, will be held from 26-29 October 2012 in Chennai, India.

The festival’s theme for its inaugural year -‘Women Rising, Against All Odds’ – is a tribute to and celebration of the modern day woman. In fact, the venue of the festival, Chennai, which is in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, is headed by a dynamic woman politician, J Jayalalithaa.

“Women across the world are making a difference through their unique and remarkable achievements. This last year, especially, has seen women rise against different socio-political and economic odds – from participating in the Arab Spring revolution to taking charge of the opposition party in Myanmar,” said Sanjay S Dash, Director, SIIFF.

“Women comprised one-third of the millionaires in China last year, and in the Olympic Games to be held in London, countries that have never before sent female athletes to sporting events might be turning a chapter. We believe this is the right time for a festival such as SIIF. ‘Women Rising, Against All Odds’ is an ode to these and the millions of other women, who are fighting their own battles and making their own history,” he added.

With India as the backdrop and Indians as one of the oldest and thriving film and art literates in the world, the festival aims to bring together global radical filmmakers with new cinematic approaches that break through the clutter of traditional filmmaking.

SIIFF is a four-day showcase of 25 feature length and 25 short films of international auteurs that have used film as an artistic language and defined it with their own aesthetics and idiosyncrasies. Alongside the screenings, there will also be discussions and seminars around the theme and filmmaking master classes.

The festival has announced a call for entries under four categories: Cine Rama (World Cinema) – free spirited thinking and sheer determination leading to artistic filmmaking; Hyper Fiction (Abstract and Experimental) – young and veteran filmmakers who defy conventional ways of story-telling; Cine Bites (Short films) – excerpts of reality, poetry, fiction, all in one; and Neo Realism (Documentaries) – sensitive and inquisitive, this is the filmmaker’s reality.

The early bird deadline for submissions is 15 July 2012 with the final deadline being 15 August 2012.

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