Bhumi Pednekar, Pankaj Tripathi, & Gajraj Rao Are All Going to Be at India Film Project. Are You?


Bhumi Pednekar, Pankaj Tripathi, & Gajraj Rao Are All Going to Be at India Film Project. Are You?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

It’s been a tough year to be a budding artist, considering the pandemic has restricted the medium to a certain extent. Theatres have been shut, and shoots have been delayed. At the same time, if it wasn’t for the arts, it would have been a struggle to get through 2020 for most of us. Thankfully, at the offices of the India Film Project, which has been committed to building a community for art and its artists since 2011, the arts never go out of style.

After hosting a series of 50-hour and 7-day filmmaking and music challenges, Asia’s largest content fest is inviting this very community of creators and storytellers to a fun-filled festival, jam packed with tailor-made workshops, refreshing conversations with veterans in respective fields, and a ton of global networking opportunities. The best part? It’s all online.
If that wasn’t enough to sway you, a quick look through its line-up should do the trick.

Over the four-day festival, you are invited to tune in to stimulating discussions with versatile actors like Bhumi Pednekar, Pankaj Tripathi, Sayani Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Nawazuddin Siddique, Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh, and Kriti Kharbanda. Learn more about storytelling from filmmakers like National Award-winner Satyanshu Singh, Oscar nominee Mira Nair, the man who brought the story of Gunjan Saxena to the big screen, Sharan Sharma, the genius behind the sci-fi Cargo, Arati Kadav, and Anand Tiwari, the man behind Bandish Bandits, the Amazon Prime Video series. Or understand the world of online content creation from the original South Delhi Girls themselves, Dolly Singh and Kusha Kapila, and one of the OG influencers in the Indian social media community, BeerBiceps aka Ranveer Allahbadia. This is clearly not an event budding artists should be missing out on.

Let’s be honest, it’s not often that filmmakers get the opportunity to go network across the world from the comfort of their couch, but that’s exactly what the IFP is committed to doing this 2020. The festival will be held between October 22-26, and is guaranteed to bring to you screenplay tips, masterclasses on thriving in the digital age, and behind-the-scenes moments from your favourite films.

Plus the winners of the IFP’s filmmaking, screenplay writing, and music challenges will be revealed, in the ultimate celebration of outstanding skill and technique.

So what if the last year hasn’t been the most ideal! Nikhil Taneja, Festival Creative Director at IFP, encourages young people to be a part of the conversation at a time where everything has gone virtual. “The idea is to entertain, engage, educate, and enlighten every young person, with empathy and joy, and the full IFP team has worked really very hard to make that happen,” Taneja said. Founder Ritam Bhatnagar too is filled with immense pride seeing “thousands of creators engage with a festival that has stood out through tough times.” What are you waiting for? Join the IFP community, and let these four days make up for what will go down in history as an unproductive year. Once you’re in, you’ll have the ultimate opportunity to create, curate and celebrate like never before.

Seats are limited, so don’t forget to book your passes as soon as possible, here.