‘Borderless’ South Asian Digital Film Festival Indus Valley to Bridge Cinema and Art

Entertainment | July 30, 2020 | News

Indus Valley International Film Festival South Asia Forum for Art and Creative Heritage

The first edition of the Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF) will be hosted from 1st to 9th August 2020 in New Delhi. Organized by SAFACH (South Asia Forum for Art and Creative Heritage), the ‘South Asia’s first Borderless Digital Film Festival’ will feature film screenings, workshops and masterclasses, celebrity interactions and a music concert, besides the awards ceremony.

Amidst Covid-19 pandemic, the first edition will be hosted online and free to register and view.

The regional festival will present films from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. The audience will get an opportunity to interact with the directors and star cast.

The event will also feature panel discussions, one of which is on 'Traditional Arts and Filmmaking in South Asia'. One of the music concerts planned will be by Kamal Sabri - Sufi Rock.

IVIFF said in a statement that it aims to help the film fraternity from across South and South-East Asia network and seek collaborations. These could range from exploring joint ventures, co-productions, distribution partnerships, to sales and marketing, line-production and technical support, to providing internship opportunities for young aspirants and organizing workshops.

Harsh Narayan, Founder, and Creative Director, Indus Valley International Film Festival, said, “We have a cultural and historical legacy and cinema is the modern medium of expressing and continuously evolving our artistic traditions. South Asian art, music, and folk traditions are interconnected and they get evolved further through communicating with each other. So, I believe, a popular platform connecting cinema and art practitioners, production houses, studios and creative professionals will immensely benefit the creative economy of South Asia.”

IVIFF will have opening remarks by director Vishal Bhardwaj and Patakha will be the opening film. Nandita Das will be the closing speaker with her film Manto bringing the curtain down on the festival.

The festival will see masterclasses by director, author and producer Brahmanand S Singh, Shahid Nadeem of Ajoka Theatre (Lahore) and truck artist Haider Ali (Karachi).

The first edition of the Indus Valley International Film Festival (IVIFF) will be hosted from 1st to 9th August 2020 in New Delhi.

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