Mobile app for 19th Kolkata film fest launched

Kolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) With a week left for the 19th edition of Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) to start, India's second oldest film festival has gone digital courtesy a special mobile application that will provide detailed information to film buffs about screenings, its organisers said Monday.

To make it an inclusive affair, screenings via mobile vans have also been organised in five different pockets of the city. Also, the organisers are taking the fest to the streets this time with flash mobs and movie mobs lined up.

A bouquet of 189 films from 63 countries, spanning eight days beginning Nov 10, will be screened across 13 venues in the city. The gala affair will witness around 3,000 delegates and 24 international guests, including Israel filmmaker Amos Gitai who will also deliver a masterclass.

To ease the experience of the festival, its organisers have designed an app that will give directions to the venues, entire schedule and information on last year's event as well.

"It is a user-friendly app to help out with the details. One can also connect to the social networking sites," KIFF director Yadab Mandal told mediapersons here.

In the run-up to the event, a special canter was flagged off Monday from the state-run theatre Nandan to promote the festival. It will travel throughout the city and encourage people to participate in movie-based quizzes and a graffiti board will display people's opinion on the KIFF.

The event is scheduled to be inaugurated by megastar Amitabh Bachchan here, and it would be graced by a number of luminaries including superstar Shah Rukh Khan - also the state's brand ambassador as well versatile actor Kamal Haasan.

Late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh's unreleased film "Taak Jhaank" (Sunglass) will be screened for the first time in the inaugural ceremony of KIFF.

Creative dancer Sukalyan Bhattacharya will showcase 100 years of Indian Cinema through his choreography at the opening ceremony, while actress Sharmila Tagore will deliver the Satyajit Ray Memorial lecture Nov 14.

Filmmakers from foreign nations will participate in interactive sessions and panel discussions during the festival too.

Latest News

  • Court appoints panel to review 'Komban'

    Madurai, March 30 (IANS) The Madras High Court's Madurai bench on Monday appointed a special panel to view forthcoming Tamil film "Komban", and review whether its release would affect law and order in the state. Legislator K. Krishnasamy, who is also the president of Puthiya Tamilagam party, moved court alleging that the release of Karthi-starrer "Komban" would create tension between the Thevar and some scheduled caste communities. After hearing the views of both the parties, Justice S. …

  • Manish Paul to drive Lapcare products to youth

    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Actor-anchor Manish Paul, a gadget buff, has been roped in as the ambassador of Lapcare, a brand of smartphone, tablet and laptop accessories and peripherals. He is happy to associate with Lapcare, a brand which he believes is "synonymous with innovation, style and functionality". So, when I came across the funky products of Lapcare, I felt that they fit my technology-related needs, style, and personality very well," Manish said in a statement. Known for anchoring …

  • 'Killing Jesus' to premiere on TV on Good Friday

    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) A story exploring the political, social and historical collusions that led to crucifixion of Jesus Christ -- "Killing Jesus" -- will premiere on the small screen on Good Friday, which marks the crucifixion, on April 3. The three-hour documentary, which combines cinematography with intimate storytelling, will be brought to television by National Geographic Channel. The documentary, produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the New York Times best-selling book …

  • Kangana, Madhavan, Raghu to join 'Masterchef' gang for finale

    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Makers of cooking-based reality TV show "MasterChef India 4" are set to roll out a truly grand finale on April 12. "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" stars like Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan, as well as Raghu Ram will come to inject enthusiasm among contestants and root for their favourite. "While Raghu will be seen hosting the grand finale episode, Kangana and Madhavan will add a fun spirit as they will come to promote their upcoming film 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'," said a …

  • Wanted my statement to be India's: Miss India World

    Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) Aditi Arya, the proud winner of this year's Femina Miss India World crown, says she always wanted to represent India on an international platform and that inspired her to compete in a beauty pageant. The 21-year-old Gurgaon-based model, who will represent India at the Miss World 2015 pageant, was enthroned as winner of the 52nd edition of the beauty pageant on Saturday at the Yash Raj Films Studio here by reigning queen Femina Miss India Koyal Rana. She credits her …

  • Salman Khan- Aamir Khan come together for Mumbai Development
    Salman Khan- Aamir Khan come together for Mumbai Development

    Till date we have only seen Bollywood superstars Aamir Khan and Salman Khan promoting each other …

  • Taapsee Pannu: I used to defend Karisma Kapoor saying that she is the best actress
    Taapsee Pannu: I used to defend Karisma Kapoor saying that she is the best actress

    Taapsee Pannu, last seen in Akshay Kumar starrer BABY, has replaced ROCKSTAR babe Nargis Fakhri …

  • Amitabh Bachchan: Whenever you feel depressed go to Kolkata
    Amitabh Bachchan: Whenever you feel depressed go to Kolkata

    Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who will next be seen in the upcoming Bollywood film PIKU, has shot …

Loading...