The festival is aimed at helping filmmakers reach large audiences virtually, while providing film aficionados with access to these films. The Bandra Film Festival will also allow viewers to donate funds to support the films and filmmakers of their choice.
All donations will go towards supporting the chosen film and filmmakers, who are going through these challenging times.
Bandra Film Festival is also going to make an initialto the participant film makers, as a token of appreciation for their work.
“For the past 15 years we have curated and distributed content. Many titles didn’t fit the requirements of the online platforms and went unnoticed. This gave us a reason and chance to create a new platform to amplify the undiscovered and forgotten gems from the past as well to showcase new talent emerging everyday,” said Pooja Kohli Taneja, Artistic Director of Bandra Film Festival.
The festival is opening with ‘Frozen’, directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan, starringDenzongpa, Aamir Bashir and Yashpal Sharma; and Uss Paar, an off-beat film by Arati Kadav, starring Jackie Shroff and Ovi Dixit.
Satya Raghavan, Director – Content Partnerships, YouTube India, said, “Cinema is core to Indian culture in a way that it’s often hard to distinguish the line between life and art and this deep influence is palpable on YouTube, which increasingly serves as a barometer for what captivates audiences. Fittingly, India is also home to the world’s most vibrant film industry and we’re very excited to bring to our millions of viewers the Bandra Film Festival, which curates the best of cinema from different parts of India, and provides a platform to upcoming cinematic talent.”
All the films showcased will be categorised into 3 broad sections -‘Gems from the Past’, ‘Off the beaten path’, and ‘New Discoveries’.
“I’m very excited to be able to dig deep into the vast world of some brilliant, undiscovered and unique films,” said Andrea Manath, Programmer at Bandra Film Festival. “Our handpicked curations will lead audiences towards enriching experiences in innovative storytelling. Our aim is to provide a wider and significant outreach to this multitude of content.”
Films can be viewed on the Bandra Film Festival YouTube channel.