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6th Jagran Film Festival to commence its 17 city tour from July 1

Embellished with regional, Indian and world cinema as well as workshops, the festival is centered on the ‘Happiness’ theme this year

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 17, 2015

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Touted to be India’s only travelling film festival, the 6th Jagran Film Festival returns with the aim to bring cinema closer to cinema lovers across the length and breadth of India. This year’s edition commences in Delhi from July 1 to 5, to be held at Siri Fort Auditorium. Centered on the ‘Happiness’ theme, this year’s festival reaches new horizons with its colour, collection and cinematic delights as it travels through 17 cities over the next three months, making it India’s largest film festival by geographical reach.

The gala opening of the five-day festival in Delhi will bring a bouquet of films under competitive categories such as ‘Indian Feature’, ‘Top Shorts’, ‘Jagran Shorts’, ‘Cinema of the sellers’ and ‘Debut Directors’. Besides offering a larger-than-life premiere platform for films in the ‘Jagran Premiere’ category, the festival salutes the ‘old is gold’ under the ‘Retrospective’ section, and also pays homage to one-of-its kind Hindi classics in the ‘Homage’ category.

This year’s festival features a handpicked line-up of short films in the ‘Top Shorts’ category that showcases sans dialogue film ‘1 Man 8 Cameras’, French films ‘Leftover’ and ‘Your Heart at Random’, Korean films ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Minsu Kim in Wonderland’, Dutch film ‘Démontable’, Persian short ‘Futile Garden’, among others. Under ‘Jagran Shorts’ a variety of global films such as ‘Hiroshima’ (Indian), ‘Gen X 01’ (Hindi), Swedish films ‘600$’ and ’Repestre’, ‘Vithya’ (Marathi), Arabic film ‘Ailia’ and others compete for the coveted ‘Best Short Film’ title.

Indian feature section this year brings iconic Bollywood hits along with some regional must-watch films, including ‘Toymaker’ (Malayalam), ‘Chotoder Chobi’ (Bengali), ‘Arohi’ (Assamese), and ‘Postcard’ (Marathi), among others.

Within the non-competitive ‘Happiness’ section, the festival revisits some of the most inspiring films of all times including ‘Life is Beautiful’, ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ and ‘Gone with the Wind’; all-time Hindi favorites such as ‘Anand’, ‘Guide’, etc., along with other iconic films from the world cinema.

The festival also features a rendezvous with some masters of the cinema world who engage, enlighten and educate on various topics in their workshops and master classes. Film enthusiasts in Delhi can experience the first brush of this year’s creative workshops with ‘Screenwriting Workshop by Anjum Rajabali’, ‘Still Photography workshop by Krishhna Murthy’, a session on ‘How Films are made’ with Somnath Sen and an exclusive tete-e-tete with filmmaker Subhash Ghai on various elements of film-making.

The 6th Jagran Film Festival has also engaged the American Center as the official country focus partner, where the best of the American Cinema will be screened in all the festival cities to promote its culture through the voice of films.

The 2015 edition of Jagran Film Festival will traverse from Delhi to cities like Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Agra, Meerut, Dehradun, Hisar, Ludhiana, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Indore, and Bhopal, before culminating in Mumbai. In close collaboration with festival partners such as Whistling Woods International (WWI), Film Federation of India (FFI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the 2015 edition is all set to surpass its own last benchmarks of presenting over 16 cinema appreciation workshops, 400 screenings in 17 cities, that were witnessed by a direct audience of more than 50,000 film aficionados and a media reach-out to nearly 50 million people in India in 2014.

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