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Shanghai Coop. Film Festival to start in Mumbai Jan 27

New Delhi: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting would organise the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Film Festival (SCO) from January 27th-31st, in Mumbai, through the National Film Development Corporation.
The SCO Film Festival is being organized to mark India’s Presidency at SCO.
Briefing the media-persons on the festival, Additional Secretary, Neerja Sekhar said that the Festival aims to build cinematic partnerships and act as a bridge between the cultures of various countries in the SCO.
“It will also create synergies in the film fraternity of SCO Members by way of collective cinematic experience. She also added that the films being showcased in the SCO Film Festival, all brought by the SCO states, will allow spectators to experience different cultures and the films will be a window for people from the SCO countries to know each other better,” Ms Sekhar said.
Ms Sekhar informed that the festival will showcase films of the SCO countries in the Competition and Non-Competition screenings. In addition to the film screenings, the festival will have master-classes, in-conversations sessions, country and state pavilions, photo and poster exhibitions, handicrafts stalls, and many more other events.
The festival will open with a world premiere of an Indian film as the SCO Film Festival is being organized during the Presidency of India at the SCO. The Opening Ceremony will be held at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai on January 27.
The Competition section is for the SCO Member States only and comprises of various prestigious awards like Best Feature Film, Best Actor (Male), Best Actor (Female), Best Director (Feature Film), Special Jury Award.
The Non-competition section is for all SCO countries, viz Member States and also Observer States and Dialogue Partners States in the following categories-
Total 57 Films will be showcased at the SCO Film Festival from SCO countries. In Competition Section, 14 feature films are competing and will be screened and the Non-Competition section will showcase 43 Films. A total of 14 films have been nominated for the competition section.
The Marathi film ‘Godavari’ directed by Nikhil Mahajan and Gujarati Film ‘The Last Film Show’ directed by Pan Nalin are nominated from member state of India.
The Russian films ‘Mom, I’m Alive!’ directed by A Zairov, M Mamyrbekov and Paralympian directed by Bairakimov Aldiyar are nominated from member state of Kazakhstan.
The Kyrgyz films Akyrky Koch (The Road to Eden) directed by Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu and Uy satylat (Home for Sale) directed by Taalaibek Kulmendeev are nominated from member state of Kyrgyzstan.
The Italian and Chinese films ‘B for Busy’ by Yihui Shao and Chinese films ‘Home Coming’ directed by Xiaozhi Rao are nominated from member state of China.
The Russian films ‘Don’t Bury Me Without Ivan’ directed by Liubov Borisova Sakha and Podelniki (The Riot) directed by Evgeny Grigorev are nominated by the member state of Russia.
The Uzbek films Ael kismati (The fate of a woman) directed by D Masaidov and Meros (Legacy) directed by Hilol Nasimov are nominated from member state of Uzbekistan. Tajik films Dov (Fortune) directed by Muhyiddin Muzaffar, and Okhirin Saydi Sayod (Hunter’s Final Prey) directed by Mahmadrabi Ismoilov are nominated from member state of Tajikstan
Indian Films at SCO Film Festival.
Most acclaimed Marathi Film ‘Godavari’ directed by Nikhil Mahajan and India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category, ‘Chhello Show’, a Gujarati film also known as ‘Last Film Show’ will be screened in competion section.
Along with it, Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Sardar Udham’, SS Rajamouli’s period film ‘RRR’ in SCO country focus. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ in Director Focus, Mridul Toolsidas’s ‘Toolsidas Junior’ in Children Focus and short film Jugalbandi by Chetan Bhakuni will be showcased.
Moreover Five Restored Classics will also be showcased in the festival viz. Shatranj ke khiladi; (1977, Hindi), Subarnrekha (1965, Bengali), Chandralekha (1948, Tamil), Iru Kodgul (1969, Tamil) & Chidambaram (1985, Malayalam).
The official language of the SCO ie, Russian and Chinese will also be the official language of the Film Festival. English will also be included as the functional language of the festival as it is being hosted in India. The films to be screened will be required to be dubbed or subtitled in English for the benefit of the jury and local audience.
‘Masterclasses’ and ‘In Conversation’ sessions have been curated with eminent filmmakers and actors of the SCO countries attending the festival along with Indian film personalities.
The jury for the SCO Film Festival 2023 comprises of the following— Rahul Rawail (India), Ning Ying (China), Dimash Kudaibergen (Kazakhstan), Gulbara Tolomushova (Kyrgyzstan), Ivan Kudryavtsev (Russia), Mehmedsaid Shohiyon (Tajikistan), and Matyakub Sadullayevich Matchanov (Uzbekistan). (UNI)

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