Teen Indie Film Awards in Bengaluru: 300 films from 30 countries over four days

Mar14,2024


Film screening at RV University.

Film screening at RV University. , Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Bengaluru is set to host the Teen Indie Film Awards (TIFA) 2024 from March 14 to 17, an event organized by the students of RV University. Australia has been included this year, with representatives from the Australian Consulate General in Bengaluru, Hilary McGeachy, Consul General, and Heung Min Kim, Deputy Consul General, enhancing the international aspect of the festival.

The event will showcase 14 Australian films, including debut films. keepers of songDirected by Naina Sen, TIFA 2024 aims to highlight the diversity of storytelling through a selection of films and promote cultural exchange and collaboration between India and Australia.

300 presentations

With over 300 submissions from six continents, TIFA has expanded significantly since its inception, becoming a notable platform for teen and young adult filmmakers globally. The festival includes panel discussions on current topics in cinema, film-themed book launches and masterclasses by industry professionals.

RV University officials, including YSR Murthy, Vice-Chancellor and Piyush Roy, Dean, School of Film, Media and Creative Arts, have noted the growth of the festival and its role in promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. Students from various departments have contributed to the organization of the programme, emphasizing its educational and inclusive approach.

Festival Director of Bangalore International Film Festival and Chief Guest of TIFA 2024 N. Vidya Shankar, commenting on the role of cinema in society, says, “The contemporary world is better represented and understood through cinema than any other medium. Unlike literature, which facilitates contemplation, cinema allows immediate expression and understanding of the core issues of society.

lack of film schools

He also highlighted the lack of film schools in India and the importance of platforms like TIFA in showcasing the work of young filmmakers to a global audience, and suggested that such initiatives are important for the development of a new generation of storytellers.

The festival will screen over 300 films from 30 countries over four days, including masterclasses with 25 speakers, film discussions and other activities. Established by the School of Film, Media and Creative Arts at RV University, TIFA seeks to nurture emerging filmmakers and promote inter-cultural understanding through cinema. The jury members include film critic Rahul Desai, Nagaland actor-director Tiyakumzuk Air, Ian Fenton, senior lecturer at Teesside University, UK.

The list of speakers includes documentary filmmaker Tarini Manchanda, visual development artist Rupali Gatti, director and editor Rahul Rawail, climate fiction writer Evan Timms.

TIFA 2024 aims to not only showcase young filmmaking talent but also serve as a platform to discuss the impact and evolution of cinema in today's world.

Event schedules and venues vary, with activities being planned at various locations in Bengaluru. Registration for the Delegate Pass is available online, with on-spot registrations also accepted.

For more information and registration details, visit rvu.edu.in/tifa-2024

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