| Actor Gurpal Singh (extreme left) interacts with visitors at BYOFF in Puri. Picture by Sarat Patra |
Puri, Feb. 24: Giving a space to filmmakers and cine lovers to celebrate alternative cinema, the Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) commenced on the beach near Chakra Tirtha Road here on Friday evening.
However, in its eleventh year, the festival is facing financial crunch. Over the 10 years, 5,000 filmmakers have taken part in the festival.
By Sunday evening, about 21 films were screened. Filmmakers from countries such as Germany, Canada, Estonia and Italy are also taking part in the fest this year. Kaila Kukla from Canada screened her film Seeing Puri Through My Heart and Vahu Paul from Estonia showed his End of Milk.
Bhubaneswar-based filmmakers Amartya Bhattacharyya and Swastik Choudhury screened their first independent Odia feature film titled Capital I on March 22.
“An Italian gentleman, who is analysing Indian culture, said the music, concept and the visuals of my film were stunning. A filmmaker from Calcutta said he would have loved to see it more abstract with lesser dialogues which was in complete contrast to the public opinion from the premiere in Bhubaneswar, where people found the film very difficult to consume. The festival gave me the assurance that the silence in my film had worked well,” said Amartya, who is also a poet and software engineer.
“Nobody is ready to invest in a festival that gives voice to alternative form. A fashion show would not have to ask for funds, they would come easily. Our happiness lies in the satisfaction that a young filmmaker gets by screening his film,” said Susant Misra, a noted director and one of the founding members of the BYOFF.
The organisers had also contacted the state tourism department for assistance, but they are yet to receive any confirmation.