Dedicated to Shri Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, the three-day fiesta promises an interesting line-up of events such as rarely watched documentaries, award winning short films, interactive workshops, challenging competitions, intellectual discussions combined with wine appreciation workshops, visiting vineyards, and attending wine and cheese fests. The event is being hosted by Metro Foundation of India and the Kalavaibhav Sanstha, and is organized in association with the Government of Maharashtra and Film Division of India.
The festival will witness various animated films like Prakriti, The Punch, Save our Planet; documentaries like Runway on the Sea, Jal Dindi; and short-films like Save The Girl Child, Project 11 and others. The festival will also include screenings from the European Film Academy's award winning package and poetic documentaries from the Baltic Region of Europe.
Debates, discussions and conversations with noted personalities like Shyam Benegal, Sudhir Mishra, Prahlad Kakkar, Jaaved Jaaferi, and Audrius Stonys will happen over the course of the festival. Various topics will be discussed like animation films, art of stills, adapting to a changing audience, and others.
The festival will host a first-of-its-kind workshop coordinated by the Indian Documentary Foundation, where 16 participants who are filmmakers, editors and cinematographers, divided into four teams, will produce documentaries of a five-minute duration on their perspective of Nashik City, which will be screened on the closing day of the festival. Renowned Lithuania-based documentary filmmaker, Audrius Stonys, known for his poetic interpretation of reality, will guide them through the whirlwind schedule of just four days, from ideation to screening.
This year, the festival will recognise Manoj Kumar's and Mala Sinha's contribution to Indian cinema by conferring upon them the Lifetime Achievement Award. In honour of the legendary actor, Dev Anand, three of his legendary movies, dating from the black and white era to his latest release, will be screened in retrospective.
Visits to Nashik Vineyards and Wine Appreciation Workshops will be conducted at the festival. A wine and cheese night, concurrent to the film festival, will be held over three days to foster creative relationships.
Commenting on the event, Prahlad Kakkar, Indian ad film director and advisor for Nashik International Film Festival, said: "This festival is an effort and an opportunity to promote the best short films and the documentaries in the world so that young film makers have an option to showcase their talent. This is also exciting because it is supported by the wine makers of Nashik. The festival aims to break the stereotypes that documentaries and short films are only commissioned by the government."
Meanwhile, Mukesh Kaneri, Festival Director, Nashik International Film Festival said: "Shri Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema hailed from Nashik, had a vision that the Indian cinema had big potential of growth. This festival was conceived to pay tribute to his vision and, as it can be seen that 100 years since then, the industry has made humungous growth. I thought of creating an activity which restores his vision for the new generation. I welcome the cinema industry to come together once a year to join hands and pay tribute to Shri Dadasaheb Phalke, in Nashik, the holy city popular for the Kumbh Mela, which happens every 12 years."