3rd Edition of ‘KASHMIR WORLD FILM FESTIVAL’, PRESENTED BY ZEE TV & ZEE CINEMA, ANNOUNCES 2018 DATES, JUNE 19th to 25th June 2018.
Zee TV & Zee Cinema selects KWFF to be the exclusive presenting the festival.
The Kashmir World Film Festival, presented by Zee TV & Zee Cinema, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in Srinagar during the bi-annual storytelling festival running June 19th to 25th June, 2018.
This collaboration with Zee TV & Zee cinema continues KWFF’s ongoing mission to empower Positive, Creative, Motivational and Humanity based storytellers with the opportunities and tools to bring their stories to life.
The 2018 Festival is set to build on the momentum from last year’s edition, which not only saw record setting attendance numbers in just 2 editions, but also the sizeable no. of entries of Innovative and thought provoking, entertaining films.
In our previous two editions of film festivals we have screened films from countries like USA, Italy, Spain, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan, etc. We also had participating films from different parts of India in different languages like Kashmiri, Bengali, Malayalam, Bhojpuri, Dogri, Ladakhi, Urdu, Hindi and English.
“The previous editions of ‘Kashmir World Film Festival’ premiered to huge crowds with the first-ever, such initiative in the Kashmir Valley, following a banner year that saw record submissions in its very first two test initiatives across all of our festival programs. It’s clear, that there is more exciting work being created in more different ways and on more different platforms than ever before, by the participants” said Festival Director of KWFF Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan. He also said “Our mission is to provide filmmakers with unparalleled opportunities to share their projects with a global audience”.
“Associated itself with Ideas working on the concept of Truth, Integrity, Creativity and Hope, KWFF is one such platform which augurs well with the brand ideologies of Zee TV is the perfect partner to help further our film festival to reach global audiences submissions and we eagerly look forward to seeing what our endlessly surprising creators bring us in 2018”, added Mushtaaque.
The 2017 line-up made major cultural headlines from the Media Industry (Both Local & National), local audience, creative filmmakers, social media, International Bloggers and most importantly the think tanks of Kashmir and Bollywood, to the likes of representatives of various fractions of the society. Festivals so far has been graced with the presence of Celebrities / Guests form Mumbai, Delhi and other parts of the country which included veteran Film makers / Writers / Actors, like Saeed Mirza, Govind Nihalani, Rajit Kapur, Arunaraje Patil, Anjum Rajabali, Imam Siddique, Satish Kaul, Talat Rekhi, Anwar Jamal, Rahat Kazmi, Phonsuk Ladakhi and other guests from Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh and Jammu.
We have had support from the prestigious organisations like Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, National Film Archives of India (NFAI), Pune, Films Division (FD), Mumbai, Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), Mumbai and Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), New Delhi.
The Kashmir World Film Festival is a cultural event for the new age of storytelling that brings together visionaries across industries and diverse audiences. It celebrates the power of storytelling in a variety of forms – from film to TV, VR to online work, and live workshops. As a platform for creative expression, independent filmmaking, and immersive entertainment, KWFF champions emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators, curates innovative experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.
The Festival was founded by Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of Kashmir following the closure of cinema, in Kashmir as the aftermath of some unexpected events. With strong roots in Theatre & independent film, the bi-annual event has evolved into a destination for creativity, reimagines the cinematic experience, and explores how art can unite communities.
On the sidelines of the festivals we conduct workshops for the students who wish to learn film making. In the first edition the No. of students for the workshop was 65, in the second edition it was 126 and this time we would like to increase the no of students to 200 and to get students from more districts of the valley.
We intend to make this festival a regular feature in Kashmir in the ages to come and will be organising two festivals in a year (one in spring and another in autumn). For our forthcoming edition we are expecting some of the very popular Stars from Bollywood.
This festival in Kashmir is significant in so many ways :
- The main aim of the festival is to provide the people of Kashmir including youth an opportunity to watch world class movies.
- We also aim at providing platform to the film makers of Kashmir for both established as well as newcomers.
- So far, we have got an amazing support worldwide, and have been covered by media, social media, and digital portals in a very positive way, and have gained tractions amongst varied target groups and intellectuals.
Looking at the scale and the positive impact on various segments, ZEE TV & ZEE Cinema have joined hands this year with KWFF, ‘with a commitment of association as Presenting Sponsors.
Festival director Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said that they have received more than 110 entries for the 3rd edition of the festival.
“But we will be able to screen around 35 films and I along with my team are on job to sort out the festival films for the screening,” said Mushtaaque quickly adding that “We have got the films from USA, Iran, Korea, Syria, Turkey, Poland, Nepal and Italy which means a lot for the festival”
Mushtaaque said that the aim of holding this festival again is to awaken the habit of watching films among the Kashmiri people especially youth. “It is not only about watching Bollywood films only. But there are the films of different countries and languages which are always so impressing and informative to watch,” he said.
“Kashmiri filmmakers whose work doesn’t get recognize at some platform, we showcase their films in the festival if they are worth to watch. This time too we have received several entries of Kashmiri films,” Mushtaaque said.
The festival will screen the films in three sections that include International, national, students and its categories includes feature films, feature length documentaries, short fiction films, short documentaries, animation films and experimental films.
So far the films which have been approved by the organizers for the special screening are Life is Beautiful, 12 Angry Young Men, Seven Samurai, Andaz, Pyaasa and Kora Kagaz. The films received are of different languages that include Kashmiri, Punjabi, Assamese, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Korean, Turkish, Arabic and English.
On the sidelines of the festival, workshops will be also held for the students and the movie buffs. “The experts from the film industry will teach them about direction, acting, scriptwriting, cinematography and other allied arts”, Mushtaaque said.
Importantly, it is for the first time that Zee TV & Zee Cinema has tied up with Kashmir World Film Festival to make it a success in the valley where there are no cinemas.
A grand “Pre – launch Event” of KWFF was held in Srinagar recently, in a Hotel lawns in Srinagar, which was attended by the important people from Business community, Administration and Print / Electronic media.