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29th Kolkata International Film Festival Shines Spotlight on Global Cinema Excellence

The 29th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) is poised to elevate the cultural vibrancy of Kolkata as it welcomes filmmakers, artists, and cinema enthusiasts worldwide. Established in 1995, KIFF has evolved into a highly anticipated event on the global film calendar, dedicated to showcasing cinematic brilliance, fostering cultural exchange, and deepening appreciation for the art of filmmaking.

Inspired by the contributions of legendary Bengali filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, the festival holds a unique place in the hearts of cinephiles. The upcoming 29th edition, scheduled from December 5 to 12, is endorsed by the International Federation of Film Producers' Association (FIAPF).

Salman Khan, a prominent figure in the film industry, graced KIFF 2023 as one of the chief guests. Amidst cheers from the audience, he humorously remarked on their enthusiasm, stating, "Keep roaring, don't give me a chance to speak." Khan also shared lighthearted observations about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's residence during his visit.

The KIFF 2023 stage saw the presence of notable personalities such as Sonakshi Sinha, Mahesh Bhatt, Anil Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Sourav Ganguly, Raj Chakraborty, Locket Chatterjee, and others, who joined in a lively dance to the KIFF theme song. While Shah Rukh Khan, a regular at KIFF, was absent, Sourav Ganguly replaced him as the West Bengal brand ambassador earlier in the year.

Running until December 12, KIFF 2023 boasts a diverse lineup of 219 films from 39 countries across 23 venues in Kolkata. The selection includes 72 feature films and 50 short films and documentaries. In the International Competition (Innovation in Moving Images) category, thirteen films will compete for Golden Royal Bengal Trophies in the Best Film and Best Director categories, offering prize money of Rs 51 lakh and Rs 21 lakh, respectively.

The festival's highlights on December 9 include the prestigious Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Laurence Kardish. Additionally, actors Manoj Bajpayee and Sudhir Mishra will lead a masterclass session on acting and direction. Anurag Kashyap’s film "Kennedy," featuring Sunny Leone and Rahul Bhat in lead roles, is also set to captivate audiences during the festival.

As KIFF 2023 unfolds, it reinforces its commitment to celebrating cinematic excellence and nurturing a global community of film enthusiasts. The festival continues to serve as a beacon for cultural exchange and appreciation, embodying the spirit of creativity that transcends borders.

For more information, including the complete festival schedule and ticketing details, please visit the official KIFF website.

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