It’s been a while since we’ve seen the world’s first Indian cinema in New York, but we are finally in the position to share what Kedarthi: The Kanumbar-Sikkim Film Festival (KSF) has to offer.
And it’s no coincidence.
The festival, which is part of New York Film Festival’s KSF 2016, is the first film festival of its kind in the country.
This is not to say KSF is a bad film festival, nor is it a bad festival.
Rather, it’s an event that is bigger than its title, which might make some feel disappointed with what is expected from the festival.
But this is an opportunity for filmmakers to work with Indian filmmakers and bring their work to audiences all over the world.
“This is an exciting opportunity to work in this space and be able to showcase filmmakers who are in great demand in India,” said Jai Singh, president of KSF.
“It’s a chance to get an audience of hundreds of thousands.”
KSF will be screening its films at theaters across the country from July 7-10.
The fest will also feature screenings of some of the festival’s newest projects including the new film The Last Days of Poona (2017), which tells the story of a boy who is trapped in an Indian town after the death of his father.
“We are working with filmmakers from all over India,” Singh said.
“In our case, it was a local filmmaker from a village in Poonam.
So we were very excited to be able work with them.”
This isn’t the first time KSF has partnered with an Indian filmmaker.
“The first KSF festival we worked with was in 2009,” Singh continued.
“I remember there was one project where we were shooting in Bangalore.
And we were working with a young filmmaker from India.
So this was a very big moment for us.”
Kedarani has always been a festival that is welcoming and welcoming to newcomers, Singh continued, but it’s only been in the last couple of years that filmmakers from other parts of the world have started to come to the festival and show their work.
“So I think KSF’s really started to be a platform for filmmakers from the region to showcase their work in India.
And I think it’s a very exciting time for film-makers in India, and the region in general.”
In 2015, KSF was founded as a non-profit organization and has become a hub for international filmmakers working in India and beyond.
Singh explained that they are now looking to expand KSF to a more global venue.
“As part of this expansion, we are also looking to add more festival spaces in India in the coming years.
We will be working with various other festival organizers, including festivals in India like Indira Gandhi Film Festival in New Delhi, Indira Nagar Film Festival at Delhi’s Indira Ghatkopar, and Delhi’s Filmfare in New Caledonia.
And then there are festivals like the Delhi Film Festival where the festival itself is the festival,” Singh explained.
“These are the ones that will be able show our films and showcase the filmmakers who have been doing it in India.”