21st PIFF from February 2 and 9 to be held across three venues

21st PIFF from February 2 and 9 to be held across three venues

– Delegate registration process for 21st PIFF 2023 to start online from January 5th

The 21st Pune International Film Festival, jointly organized by Pune Film Foundation and the Government of Maharashtra, will be held between February 2 and 9, at three venues in the city.

This was announced by Dr Jabbar Patel, Festival Director PIFF at a press conference today. The 21st PIFF 2023 received a total of 1,574 entries from 72 countries, of which 140 movies will be screened during the festival, Patel said.

Dr Avinash Dhakane, Managing Director, Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation Limited, Samar Nakhate, Chairman Selection Committee, PIFF, Pune Film Foundation trustees Satish Alekar, Dr Mohan Agashe, Sabina Sanghvi and Selection Committee member PIFF, Abhijit Randive were present for the press conference.

The festival will be held at PVR Icon, Pavillion Mall (six screens), on the Senapati Bapat Road, Inox (two screens) at Bundgarden, and the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) (one screen) on the Law College Road. Thus, movies during the festival shall be showcased on 9 screens at these three venues. The online registration for participating in 21st PIFF 2023 will start from January 5th through the official website www.piffindia.com.

Spot registrations can also be done at all the three venues from January 19th. Participation fee for PIFF is Rs. 600/- per registration for senior citizens, film club members and students, while the participation fee for the general public is Rs. 800 per registration.

Dr Patel said that initially the festival dates were January 12-19, 2023. However, the dates have been postponed on the request of government authorities. since, the G20 meetings are scheduled to take place in the city during the same period, 

Patel further said PIFF was growing quality-wise and was recognized by the Cannes Film Festival.

“And this year, we have films in the A+ grade in a large number. All the 14 films that are short-listed in the world competition are kept in the top-grade,” said Dr Patel.  

Dr Dhakane said that since PIFF is a festival of the Government of Maharashtra, they will extend all support for the festival, including financial. 

“The Maharashtra government has decided to support the festival in every possible way,” he added.

The 14 Films shortlisted for the world competition section at 21st PIFF 2023:
Klondike (Director – Maryna Er Gorbach, Ukraine, Turkey)

Perfect Number (Director – Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland)

Three Thousand Numbered Pieces (Director – Adam Csaszi, Hungary)

The Blue Captain (Director – Maryam Touzani, Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark)  

Mediterranean Fever (Director – Maha Haj, Palestine, Germany, France, Cyprus, Qatar)

Eviction (Director – Mate Bence Fazekas, Hungary)

Minsk (Director – Boris Guts, Estonia)

Word (Director – Beata Parkanova, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland)

Butterfly Vision (Director – Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ukraine, Croatia, Sweden, Czech Republic)

Tori and Lokita (Director – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium, France)

Our Brothers (Director – Rachid Bouchreb, France)

White Dog (Director – Anais Barbeau-Lavalette, Canada)

Boy from Heaven (Director – Tarik Saleh, Sweden, Finland, France, Denmark)

Hadinelentu (Director – Prithvi Konanur, India)

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