No film from Odisha has found a place in Indian Panorama-2015 section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The film festival is being held in Goa from November 20-30.
Although two Odia films — ‘Pahadara Luha’ and ‘Tulasi Apa’ — and a Hindi film set in Odisha — ‘Adi Bhumi’ — were screened for Indian Panorama, none made it to the final shortlist.
‘Pahadara Luha’ has been directed by Sabyasachi Mohapatra, and ‘Tulasi Apa’ by Amiya Pattnaik. ‘Adi Bhumi’ has been directed by Satyabrata Dwibedy.
Indian Panorama attempts to capture lingual and stylistic variety in films in both feature and non-feature categories. This section encompasses many subcultures and lifestyles and includes creations from varied cultural landscape. It appears none of the Odia films were presented to the jury impressed them adequately.
“The jury headed by filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma has selected 26 feature films from among 230 eligible entries, of which 7 are Bengali films.”
Other jury members included producer Tapan Biswas, cinematographer Mahesh Aney, actress/director, Bhagirathi, director Dilip Patnaik, actor/director Phonsok Ladakhi, director Praveen Sattaru, director/actor Major Ravi, writer/critic Bharathi Pradhan, cinematographer/director Fowzia Fathima, actress/director Bijaya Jena, director Panchakshari and writer critic MK Bhaskara Rao.
The jury for non-feature films was chaired by well-known filmmaker Rajendra Janglay. It has picked 21 films from 146 eligible entries. Other jury members included editor/director Vinoo Choliparambil, producer-director Bachaspatimayum Sunzu, director Makarand Brahme, academician V Rama Rao, director Pramod Purswane, and director Meenakshi Vinay Rai.
Sabyasachi’s films ‘Sala Budha’ and ‘Adim Bichar’, respectively, had been selected for Indian Panorama during the past two years.
Here’s list of all 26 feature films which will be shown at the film festival this year.
Courtesy: Orissa Post