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Bangalore International Film Festival set to screen 180 films

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The fourth edition of Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFes), which is being organised by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA), is all set to start on Thursday, December 15, 2011. The KCA, which has planned to screen 180 films from 40 countries, has arranged nine screens to extend an exclusive cinema experience to over 2,000 people.

The visitors of BIFFes can obtain spot registration by paying Rs 500 for the entire festival. The KCA is giving a concession for students, who just have to pay Rs 100 for passes, and also for the members of film societies, who can get the passes for Rs 200. The interested people can log on delegate@biffes.in for additional information.

Talking to the English daily, Hindu, TS Nagabharana said, “Though we expected a total of 1,500 delegates, the number has already crossed 1,000 and registration is going on briskly at Badami House, Suchitra Film Society, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, GM Rejoyz and the central venue, Fame Lido."

In addition to the screening of films, the KCA is also organising workshops on digital technology and VK Prakash will coordinate the workshop during the Master Classics screenings. The BIFFes' artistic director HN Narahari Rao says, “Students of cinema and Kannada film industry technicians can make use of the opportunity."

However, the fourth edition of BIFFes will be inaugurated by Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda at the Jnanajyothi Convention Centre, Central College. Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui, Ananth Nag and Om Puri will attend this event. Renowned filmmakers like Sturla Gunnarsson (Canada), Xie Fei, Sun Shaoyi (both from China), Jan Erick Holst (Norway), Gunilla Burstedt (Sweden) and Dang Nhat Minh (Vietnam) are participating in the festival.

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