Every year in its Focus program, the Poitiers Film Festival directs the spotlight to a country whose contemporary cinema stands out for its high-quality and dynamic productions. In 2019, the Poitiers Film Festival will be turning its gaze to India.
India is the number one country in the world for cinema film production (1000 productions per year!) and the hegemony of the powerful Bollywood studios has left little room for parallel productions. And yet, there is such a thing as independent Indian cinema and a large number of filmmakers continue the art-house film tradition of Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, or Raj Kapoor. These often small-budget films experiment with new esthetics and come closer to capturing daily life in India with a more critical social approach.
For 2019’s Focus, the Poitiers Film Festival will pay tribute to the four schools that are members of the CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools): FTII Pimpri Chinchwad (Pune); Whistling Woods International (Mumbai); Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute (Calcutta); and the Annapurna International School of Film and Media (Hyderabad).
The Focus will present the opportunity to create three short film programs based on these schools’ recent productions and to offer public meetings after the screenings. Poitiers will also welcome eight young filmmakers who have recently graduated or are still in training and who will be able to discuss their work with audience members and filmmakers from the International Selection.
Complete program available in October.