FilmKaravan launches ‘Bandra Film Festival’ in collaboration with YouTube to support film makers

"Films will be available for viewing on the ‘Bandra Film Festival’ YouTube channel and viewers can make a donation to films of their choice"

Bandra Film Festival

Feb 9th 2021

Veteran online distribution company FilmKaravan starts the new year with a very special project ‘Bandra Film Festival’, a digital film festival in collaboration with YouTube scheduled to kick start later this month with a slate of 50+ films from filmmakers across the country and across multiple genres, languages and formats.

Along with helping filmmakers reach large audiences virtually and helping film afficionados access leading edge cinema, Bandra Film Festival also helps viewers contribute funds to support the films and filmmakers of their choice.

Along with helping filmmakers reach large audiences virtually and helping film afficionados access leading edge cinema, Bandra Film Festival also helps viewers contribute funds to support the films and filmmakers of their choice.

To support this special endeavour ,we at Bandra Film Festival are giving an initial donation to the participant film makers, as a token of our appreciation for their incredible work.

Speaking about the launch, Pooja Kohli Taneja, Artistic Director of Bandra Film Festival, stated, “ For the past 15 years we have curated & distributed content. Many titles didn’t fit the requirements of the online platforms & went unnoticed. This gave us a reason & chance to create a new platform to amplify the undiscovered & forgotten gems from the past as well to showcase new talent emerging everyday.”

The festival is opening with two stirring titles made by their absolute brilliant filmmakers. Frozen, a true gem from the past directed by Shivajee Chandrabhushan starring, Danny Denzongpa,Aamir Bashir & Yashpal Sharma, the film is ‘A sombre journey of a family’s struggle in fighting against all odds when confronted by insurmountable hardships .’ Uss Paar, an off beat touching film by Arati Kadav, starring, Jackie Shroff & Ovi Dixit, is ‘The endearing story of a little girl’s unwaivering efforts in sending across mud to her idol maker father. With the help of a kind hearted TT, will her efforts bear fruit ?’

Satya Raghavan, Director - Content Partnerships, YouTube India shared, “Cinema is core to Indian culture in a way that it's often hard to distinguish the line between life and art and this deep influence is palpable on YouTube, which increasingly serves as a barometer for what captivates audiences. Fittingly, India is also home to the world’s most vibrant film industry and we’re very excited to bring to our millions of viewers the Bandra Film Festival, which curates the best of cinema from different parts of India, and provide a platform to upcoming cinematic talent”

All the films showcased will be categorised into 3 broad sections -
  • ‘Gems from the Past’ - Films made before time but got buried deep down. It gives us great pride in unearthing & showcasing these hidden gems while also remembering to validate & applaud their brilliant makers

  • ‘Off the beaten path’ - Non conforming, Experimental & Unapologetic. Aren’t we always up for innovative content that stir up a storm. Journey along with these radical story tellers

  • ‘New Discoveries’ - Fresh films & Fresh filmmakers. What makes these coming of age creators tick? Watch out for these dreamers who are breaking barriers & unfolding new perspectives in story telling.

Quick Summary –
  • Films can be viewed on the Bandra Film Festival YouTube channel.

  • Viewers can support a film by making donations on a Milaap Donate link set up on the Bandra Film Festival website & on the BFF Youtube channel as well

  • The festival is a year-long event which will be flagged off with two titles.Thereafter new films will be curated & added in any of the 3 sections, approximately every two weeks

  • Films will have a limited viewing time period, the schedule for which will be updated on the Bandra Film Festival website.

  • The festival will be open to submissions for fresh titles round the year.

About YouTube:

Launched in May 2005, YouTube’s mission is to give everyone a voice and show them the world. We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. YouTube is a Google company.

About FilmKaravan –

Bandra Film Festival Mission - Since the early days of its inception, Filmkaravan has been committed to curating & handpicking innovative films. By introducing this exciting platform for a wider outreach we have come full circle in recapturing those days adding even more value & voice to our mission.

Our long & productive association with ‘Google’ of over 10 years, of partnering content distribution & them supporting this mission, has been instrumental in propelling this new initiative forward.

FilmKaravan is a one stop for bringing premium content to the world of digital. We specialise in content distribution & aggregation with representation of over 90% content from India across the world territories.Providing exclusive tie ups with the largest streaming platforms to reach maximum viewers. What sets us apart is our more than 1000 films & episodic TV catalogue both indian & international.

Our dynamic marketing & discovery engine, Flixmatrix promises to provide holistic, viable & exciting solutions in the ever-growing digital marketing world. FilmKaravan Originals our production division is proud to create high quality pathbreaking content, like What are the Odds, Delhi Crime series, Leeches & Grant St. Shaving Co. for a global audience.

With a vision to create an all-inclusive digital world, we aim to provide an indelible stage for unique & stimulating content to shine.

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