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The 11th edition of BIFFes, Bengaluru International Film Festival was held on February 21 – 28, 2019.

The committee decided to organize the film festival in the last week of February every year. The festival was organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra (Film) Academy for Government of Karnataka.

Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State in India, is an important center of International film culture in keeping with Karnataka’s glorious heritage and the State’s achievements in the fields of literature, fine arts, and cinema. The Kannada Film Industry has made a significant contribution to the quality and range of cinematic expression and has grown to produce over 200 films every year. Films from Karnataka have won national and international recognition and critical acclaim at various International Film Festivals.

We would like to recall here that our 10th edition held on February 22 – March 01, 2018 in Bengaluru, was a resounding success with a screening of 220 films across 12 screens from more than 45 countries. It was witnessed by more than 9000 delegates (with 1,10,000 Footfalls), who enjoyed and appreciated the quality of cinema presented.

Bengaluru International Film Festival - BIFFES
1. Contemporary ‘World Cinema’
2. Asian Cinema Competition
3. Chitrabharati (Indian Cinema) Competition
4. Kannada Cinema Competition
5. Retrospectives - Directors / Artists / Technicians
6. Country Focus
7. Revisiting Classics
8. Homages & Remembrances
9. FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award winners
10. Network for Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) award winners
11. Bio Pics
12. Mahatma Gandhi @ 150
13. Unsung Incredible India - Films from little known languages
14. Special Theme based films
15. Curated Documentary Section on Specific theme – This edition’s theme is ‘Nature’s Fury’

The Eleventh edition was held on February 21 – 28, 2019, in Bengaluru and had different sections as mentioned below. Selection of films was made by expert committees.

Like in the previous editions, Competitive sections for Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema was held with handsome Cash prizes. An award for Lifetime achievement was also part of the film festival.

The festival also hosted various forums for academic interactions on Filmmaking & Film Appreciation like seminars, Workshops, Masterclasses etc., for the benefit of film professionals, discerning audiences and students on different aspects of cinema.

We invited filmmakers, film fraternity, film critics, discerning cineastes from amongst the general public & International and National film Institutes & distribution agencies/organizations, to participate in this 11th edition of BIFFes. Film lovers utilized this opportunity and enrolled as delegates to enjoyed contemporary world cinema and classics.