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Feast of films this weekend

The third Winter Film Festival hosted by Bidhannagar Film Festival started on Wednesday at Aikatan. EZCC. The festival will continue till Sunday.

Fifteen films from around the world are being screened in collaboration with Federation of Film Societies of India and Cine Central, Calcutta.

“There are two reasons for starting the winter edition of film festival here in Salt Lake. It was our initiative which gave birth to the Salt Lake chapter of the Calcutta International Film Festival. Now that we have been removed from the organising committee of the festival after the political shift at the helm, we felt the need to stay active for the sake of our members. We started organising Bangladesh Film Festival and then the Winter Film Festival,” said Subhas Pal, joint secretary of Bidhannagar Film Society. The society, which organises two screenings every month, has 300 members.

It organised the Salt Lake chapter of the Calcutta International Film Festival from 2004 to 2010.

Due to a funds crunch this year, the society has not been able to book Purbashree auditorium and has had to settle for the much smaller Aikatan.

A highlight of the festival will be Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s film Ami, Yasin ar Amar Madhubala, which has not had a release in movie theatres here. The film, starring Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sameera Reddy, will be screened on Saturday.

Entry is free for members.