The maiden edition of Orange City International Film Festival (OICFF) is going to be held in Nagpur from 27 to 29 January 2017. Organised jointly by Orange City Cultural Foundation, Saptak and Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh; the festival will offer Nagpurians the opportunity to watch over 30 world-class films, including four unreleased Marathi films.
Addressing a press conference, Dr Chandrashekhar Meshram, secretary of the festival’s organizing committee, informed that the OCIFF will be formally inaugurated at 5 pm in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. The opening ceremony will be held on 27 January at Persistent Technologies’ auditorium located in IT Park Nagpur. The ceremony will also be attended by filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, Dr Jabbar Patel, film guru Samar Nakhate and Suprant Sen.
At the ceremony, ‘Outstanding Contribution for India Cinema’ award will be conferred upon Ramesh Sippy while playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar will be presented with ‘Orange City Film Foundation’ award.
The screenings will be held at PVR Cinema at Empress City Mall and at Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Auditorium of Persistent Technologies. On 28 January at 7 pm, Dr Jabbar Patel and Mahesh Elkunchwar will speak on the life and works of legendary actor late Nilu Phule. This will be followed by a lecture by Rajesh Mapuskar, the director of Marathi film ‘Ventilator’. These events will be held at Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Auditorium.
A short film made by Prantik Deshmukh from Yawatmal recently won a Filmfare Award. This short film will be screened at the OCIFF along with an interview of the director.
The 1st Orange City International Film Festival will conclude at a ceremony to be held on 29 January in the presence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Auditorium.
Delegate passes can be availed online from the official website of OCIFF.