Indian International Film Festival hits South Africa

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The Indian International Film Festival of South Africa (IIFFSA)2014 is hosting an annual film festival that will transform the lives of dynamic, previously disadvantaged, talented South African filmmakers.

The Film Festival, hosted from 17 to 23 January 2014, will marry India’s best with South Africa’s own filmmakers.

“The South African film industry is transforming and we see a prospect to join forces using the experience we have from India to combine the two and afford three scholarships to work with the best Bollywood directors,” says Rajiv Terwadkar, Director of Utkarsh Projects Private Limited.

IIFFSA, brought to you by Utkarsh Projects, will showcase various feature films, short films and documentaries at various locations from 17 – 23 January 2014. The Screening Locations are as follows:

• Ster Kinekor – Joburg, Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town
• Gaabo Motho Cultural Village, Hebron
• The Village Reagile Community Cinema, Katlehong, Gauteng
The prestigious awards evening will take place at the Lyric Theatre, Goldreef City, Johannesburg on 18 January 2014. Awards categories include are:
• S. P. Balsubrahmanyam, Music Maestro & Actor will be conferred with Late Shri. S. A. Terwadkar Award for outstanding achievement in Indian Cinema.
• Indian Regional Feature, Short Film & Documentary awards
• Bollywood Feature, Short & documentary Awards
• African Films, Shorts / Documentary Awards

“We aim to connect African and Indian cultures using cinema as the medium, discover and train budding actors and filmmakers as well as to start community development projects both in African and India,” says Terwadkar.

“We have already secured various stars from Indian film industry as well as the A-List South African stars in the industry to attend the event. Stars such as actor and director, Tony Kgoroge and wife Standiwe Kgoroge, Presley Cheune (known for Tsotsi), Clint Brink just to name a few,” he says.

“To add to the mix are veteran Singer and Actor S.P. Balsubramanium; Famous South Indian Actor, Tanikella Bharani; Famous Marathi film Director Ravi Jadhav; Talented Marathi Actress, Amruta Subhash; versatile Actor & Anchor of IIFFSA, Mangesh Desai; Dynamic Director, Samit Kakkad; Champion of famous reality dance show “Dance India dance”, Siddhesh Pai; Talented Marathi Actor, Vijay Kadam; Famous South Indian Director, Indraganti Mohan Krishna; New Talented Actress from South India, Rebba Eesha; experienced Artist from Marathi Drama & Anchor of IIFFSA, Juie Barve; are the few names to be present for the event. Renowned Film Scholar, Santosh Pathare & Deputy Program Director of MAMI, Prasad Khatu are also joining as India Co-ordinators and Juries for South African films,” he cites.

“IIFSA is currently showcasing art pieces in South Africa, revitalizing every Marathi speaking person in South Africa to watch this platform called IIFFSA. This will give a tribute and a token of appreciation to the Marathi Cinema and the Indian Film Industry for all their efforts and struggle. Multifaceted Indian Cinema and Marathi Cinema as a part of the fraternity is intended to be screened at the Indian International Film Festival at South Africa.”
“Other activities of the IIFSA include an Acting Master Class on 19 January 2014 by well-known Actors Trainers, Direction Master Class by Famous Directors, Discussion, Question and answer and Idea sharing with the Directors,” says Terwadkar.

The event will also showcase various Bollywood Feature Films, Short films, Documentaries, Regional Feature Films, Indian Diaspora work and also Feature films, Short Films and Documentaries from South Africa.

Prior to the opening ceremony, there will be special screenings of movies at juvenile prisons and schools, giving them opportunity to educate or enhance their life through Cinema.

IIFFSA is honoured to have support and sponsorship from Indian High Commission of South Africa.

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