Mangaluru, Apr 16, 2018 : The second edition of the four day Nitte International Film Festival organised by Nitte-Deemed-to-be University was declared open at the Bharath Cinemas at Bharath Mall in the city on April 16, Monday by renowned film maker and playwright Sadananda Suvarna. The Festival will be held upto April 19.
In his inaugural address, Sadananda Suvarna said the society needs films which are inspiring, educative as well as entertaining and stressed the need to produce films of good taste. "There is no dearth of spectators in theatres. When there are good films, naturally people are attracted towards movies and theatres," he added.
Dr Satish Kumar Bhandary, Vice Chancellor of Nitte Deemed-to-be- University presided over the function. Prof Raviraj Kini, Organiser of the event and Head of the Department of Journalism and Communications, Nitte Deemed-to-be University, Student Co-ordinator Maitreya Deshapande were present among others.
The Festival which brings together film viewers and film makers aims to showcase critically acclaimed cinema from across India and the world to the public in Mangaluru, while providing a platform for film-makers and film-viewers to have a conversation. All film-screenings and discussions at the festival are free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. The schedule is available on NIFF’s Facebook page.
The event will see 40 filmmakers in attendance along with the screening of more than 60 films across various Indian languages, including Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati and Odia along with a few Chinese, French and Czech movies. Three screens at Bharath Cinemas will be dedicated to festival films on all four days. Several children’s films will also be screened.
NIFF will open with the National Film Award winning Hindi film Mukti Bhawan (2016, Special Jury Award). The line-up for this year includes several other National Film Award winners, such as Village Rockstars (Best Film, Best Editing), Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum (Best Malayalam film, Best Original Screenplay), Mayurakshi (Best Bengali Film), Dhh (Best Gujarati Film) and To Let (Best Tamil Film).