New Delhi: Tanuja Chandra, Vikramaditya Motwane, Ali Fazal, Mallika Dua, Sona Mohapatra, Shikha Talsania and many more prominent names in the Film & Content Industry will see presence at Season 8 of India Film Project. Each year, IFP’s most awaited 50 Hour Film Project brings together aspiring filmmakers of all ages and from different walks of life to create art. This year, IFP has seen the highest participation yet with over 1,500 entries received from 310 cities and 14 countries. The festival will commence on October 13th, bringing together a collective consciousness of notable personalities in the world of content and literature.
IFP’s flagship competition and Asia’s largest filmmaking challenge, the 50 Hour Film Project asks participants to script, shoot, edit and submit a film based on a specific theme within 50 hours in the Professional (Theme – ‘A Story of Change’), Amateur (Theme – ‘Experience Change’) or Mobile (Theme – ‘Prevention is Better, Cure is Bitter’) categories. From 15 year old students to lawyers to pilots, the diversity in participation this year has been phenomenal. Some entries comprise:
• A group of lawyers and engineers who share a common love for films and are slowly transitioning away from their respective professions and foraying deep into the realm of cinema.
• A literary team that has been writing Gujarati micro fiction for the past two years but have now ventured for the first time into competitive short filmmaking.
• An under 21 team from a small village in Rajasthan and Amritsar, showcasing whatever they taught themselves about filmmaking.
• A 17 year old girl who decided to enter alone, just so she could showcase her love for making films.
• ‘Corporate slaves’ who had been hiding their caged dream of making movies.
• “We are a team united during Kerala flood calamity. I am a North Indian and others a South Indian with English only as medium of communication – Calamity brought us together.”
Boasting of an extensive schedule filled with comedians, writers and content creators, the two day festival will have 3 stages where some of the most interesting people come together and share their views on the 3 C’s of content creation — celebrating, creating and collaborating.
• Celebrated film critic Rajeev Masand, co-director of Sacred Games, Vikramaditya Motwane and national award winning film critic, Baradwaj Rangan will discuss The Critic’s Job: Should Criticism Be Constructive.
• Conversations on Travails by the Alien by Satyajit Ray with Raja Sen and Aseem Chhabra will discuss if Steven Spielberg’s wildly popular ET, was an act of plagiarism as it blatantly copied Satyajit Ray’s story.
• A master of many personalities and the man behind BB ki vines, Bhuvan Bam along with bonafide millennial star, Mallika Dua will talk about Comedy in India: Are Our Jokes A Low Hanging Fruit?
• VICE media’s Head of Content, Samira Kanwar will delve into The Art of Non Fiction as she demystifies video journalism.
• Revered musician Raghu Dixit and Executive Editor at Rolling Stone India, Nirmika Singh will talk about Celebrating Indie Music: The Need for the Next Decade.
• Co-founder of Pocket Aces – Ashwin Suresh, FilterCopy’s Dhruv Sehgal, YouTuber Mithila Palkar and Director Ruchir Arun will discuss How to Scale: Little Things You Need to Know.
• Author Sucharita Tyagi, Permanent Roommate’s beloved Nidhi Bisht, prominent theatre artist Shikha Talsania and Rajshri Deshpande from Sacred Games fame, will converse about the cultural impact of women breaking taboos and boundaries in content.
The festival will conclude with the showcase of award winning films from the 50 Hour Film Project and an award ceremony where jury members Sudhir Mishra, Milan Luthria and R.S. Prasanna will award the winning teams as they energetically run up the stage to receive their trophies.
Nikhil Taneja, Creative Festival Director, India Film Project, comments, “I have witnessed the event unfold twice before and assure you that this festival sustains those who share its infinite passion towards content creation; and it partners with those who believe that good content can come from anyone, anywhere, and at any time. I have also admired its ability to become a one-stop festival for anyone on the lookout for like-minded, passionate collaborators. For the first time ever, it is presenting the three stages as the 3Cs of Content Creation – Create, Collaborate and Celebrate. I truly hope this kind of tailored programming will bring in even more participants this year.”
IFP’s two-day creation festival at Mumbai invites speakers from different fields of art like film, comic, literature, music, media, and initiates interesting conversations, AMAs, workshops, screenings. The IFP community now consists of over 5.5 Lacs content creators including filmmakers, writers, storytellers, designers, musicians, editors, photographers, cinematographers, vloggers and many more.
The India Film Project will be held at NSCI in Mumbai on 13th and 14th October, 2018 from 10am to 9pm.