French, Egyptian, Swahili films at International Film Festival

Bengaluru: The Innovative International Film Festival was inaugurated by actor Sudeep, his wife Priya and Rockline Venkatesh. 

The audience got to catch the first look and teasers of Kurukshetra by director Naganna and Natasarvabhowma by director Pawan Wadeyar, who was also present at the occasion. 

Over 70 national and international films, interactive sessions with filmmakers and experts will be part of the three day film fest at in Innovative Film City, Bengaluru.

Organised by the Innovative Film Academy, the festival is put together by a team comprising Saravana Prasad, founder chairman, Rockline Venkatesh, mentor advisor, and Rajendra Singh Babu, festival director. 

After the inauguration, Sudeep said, "The idea to start the first edition of Innovative International Film Festival at Innovative Film City is a great initiative. This gives an opportunity for people to present their talent in the film industry."

Rockline Venkatesh said the film festival will not only screen international films, but also act as a melting pot of languages and cultures. 

Rajendra Singh Babu said, "We have a huge pool of talent, but mainstream films and studios follow very similar routes and do not explore ideas at all. We hope the films we screen at IIFF will change that."

Over 500 delegates attended the inauguration. Among them were students who interacted, observed and learnt from industry professionals. 

The festival will also play host to international filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and other experts. 

The festival will feature a networking platform for filmmakers both Indian and global to meet young filmmakers and talents from across the country.

Among the films being screened are Teheran Taboo, a Persian film directed by Ali Soozandeh, Mama Colonel, a Lingala-Swahili film directed by Dieudo Amadi, Thai film Samui Song, by filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, and Centaur, a Kirgiz film. The festival also has a special selection of children's films. 

Films like Heidi, At Eye Level, Hang In There Kids, Fanny's Journey and more explore the idea of childhood, innocence, community and more.

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