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Bring your flick and get niche viewers

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 28: The scenic beach of Puri beckons amateur and professional filmmakers who have been eagerly waiting to put forth their creation and conception to a niche film-loving audience. From February 21 to 25, the tenth Bring Your Own Film Festival, popularly known as BYOFF, will see people congregating for what has come to be known as a “mini Woodstock of films”.

“It is good to see that BYOFF has received worldwide appreciation. We have been receiving participants from both within India and outside the country for the last few years. BYOFF is a democratic forum where filmmakers of any age can screen their movies. There is also no restriction on the genre of the film. From a 60-second documentary to an hour-long film — one is free to showcase his creativity and ingenuity in any form. We have more than a hundred fascinating films lined up this year,” said Sushant Mishra, one of the founding members of BYOFF.

A special filmmaking workshop will be conducted this year, where the participants will be asked to make five films each day, which would be subsequently screened during the festival.

The interested filmmakers will be allowed to register at the festival till its last day. The time slots will be chosen by the filmmakers on a first-come-first-serve basis.

However, it is not just films that have been attracting crowds at the BYOFF for the past nine years. The five-day festival is also a creative forum of innovative art and sculptures. Artistes from all corners of the country have the privilege to come forward and paint, sculpt or even perform musical shows on any themes of their choice.

Photo exhibitions displaying stills from the films to be screened, colourful graffiti for viewers, sculpture camp, installations and various other events will also be a part of the event.

Well-known Bollywood art director Sukant Panigrahy will present his artwork Kapala.

“I love being at BYOFF for the sheer creative atmosphere and artistic freedom it offers. Enthusiastic filmmakers and art lovers of various ages culminate here. Though there are a number of films that I was busy creating the sets for, I have kept myself free for the festival. I am sure that visitors will be surprised with innovative art works at the festival,” said Panigrahy.