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RIFF 7, Jaipur-Jodhpur, 20-24 March, 01: First list of films announced

RIFF 7, Jaipur-Jodhpur, 20-24 March, 01: First list of films announced

RIFF - Rajasthan International Film Festival, is an organisation in the area of international cinema, initiated by RIFF FILM CLUB, a non-profit organisation , which has made and will continue to make will make endeavours towards imparting a novel identity to the world cinema, through conducting film festivals in Rajasthan every year. The organisation will make attempts to connect the world cinema with the common public and making it a social concern, through conducting various seminars, debates and discussions. After six successful editions in Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan, now the festival is going to travel in other cities of Rajasthan, like Jodhpur then Udaipur and Jaisalmer.

Rajasthan International Film Festival ( RIFF ), Jaipur is the biggest Academic and Glamourous Film Festival in Rajasthan. This five-day extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, documentaries and short films, from around the world, on themes of Hindi and English and other Rajasthani cultures and identities.

In addition, the festival also features concerts, gala events, film parties, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities, with government representatives, business leaders and local organisations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more.

Vision and Mission:

RIFF will provide an opportunity to heighten awareness of Hindi and English and Rajasthani cultures and identities to audiences of all cultural backgrounds.

RIFF will present films in their original languages, with subtitles, in an effort to build cross-cultural bridges.

The Festival also aims to provide a platform to young Rajasthanis to showcase their creativity.

The Vision and Mission of RIFF is guided by an advisory board composed of respected political, business, arts, community and media leaders.

Here is the first list of films selected:

(1) CATAKAH - To Revive An Old World: Short National (Student) | India | English | 19 min | Director: Somapriya Bose | Produced By: Annapurna International School of Film and Media

(2) RICKSHAWALA: Feature Regional | India, Bengali / Hindi | 47 min | Director: Ram Kamal Mukherjee | Produced by: Aritra Das, Gaurav Daga, Sshailendra Kkumar

(3) LIFE IN LOCKDOWN: Short National (Student) | India | Hindi | 2 min | Director & Producer: Eshan Harsh

(4) KISS THE GROUND: International Documentary | United States | English | 84 min | Director: Josh Tickell / Rebecca Tickell | Produced by: Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell, Bill Benenson, Ryland Engelhart, Darius Fisher

(5) MANE LAI JA: Feature Regional | Gujarati | 137 min | India | Director: Niranjan Sharma | Produced by: Sanjay (Sean) Patel

(6) THE KNOCKER: Short National | India | English | 18 min | Director: Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Produced by: AGP World Pvt. Ltd.

(7) SHUBH RAATRI: Feature National | India | Hindi | 52 min | Director & Producer: Pankaj Singh Tanwar

(8) UNNAMED: Short National (Student) | India | Hindi | 16 min | Director: Tathagat Yadav | Produced by: Priyanshu Hirwani, Purvesh Dewangan, Dheeraj Yadav, Tathagat Yadav

(9) MANNY: Feature International | India, Latvia | English | 69 min | Director: Dace Puce | Produced by: Sonal Sehgal, Dace Puce, Kristele Pudane

(10) CILANTRO'S PICNIC: Short | India | Rajasthani / Hindi | 28 min | Director: Abhijeet Saha | Produced by: Abhijeet Saha / Sultan Saeed Ahmed

 (11) CIVIL SOLDIERS: International Documentary | Nepal | Nepali / English | 25 min | Director: Ganesh  Panday | Produced by: Ganesh Panday, Sharada Gaire

(12) MINEGED (Aloof): International Short (Student) | Israel | Hebrew | 15 min | Director: Itai Jamshy | Produced by: Tomer Meiri

(13) ZARINA: Short National | India | Hindi | 19 min | Director: Clinton Immanuel Banze | Produced by: Timothy Banze / Candida Banze

(14) CHOMP: Animation International (Student) | United States | 5 min | Director & Producer: Navjot Kaur

(15) ON THIS SIDE: Animation International (Student) | United States | 4 min | English | Director & Producer: Navjot Kaur

(16) MAANS: Short (Rajasthani) | India | Hindi / Rajasthani | 32 min | Director & Producer: Prakash Ghai

(17) LAAL (RED): Short Regional (Student) | India | Marathi | 27 min | Director & Producer: Sumeet Patil

(18) AMBEDKAR NAGAR LOCKDOWN: Documentary Regional (Student) | India | Marathi | 23 min, Director & Producer: Sumeet Patil

(19) BIRIYAANI: Feature Regional | India | Malayalam | 96 min | Director: Sajin Baabu | Produced by: UAN Film House

(20) ENIGMA - THE FALLEN ANGEL: Short National | India | English | 37 min | Director & Producer: Abhay Thakur

Founders and Festival Directors of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), Mr. Somendra Harsh & Anshu Harsh , said that "The 7th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be held from 20 to 24 March 2021 in a Hybrid Format i.e. Virtually and Physically, in Jaipur and Jodhpur. The Opening Ceremony of the Rajasthan International Film Festival, like the previous year will be held at the Open Theater, of the Jawahar Kala Kendra, in Jaipur, on 20th March 2021. Thereafter Film screenings, Open Forums, Talk Shows and much more will be held for the next four days from 21 to 24 March 2021, in Jodhpur, along with the Closing Ceremony, the grand RIFF Award Night 2021 which will be held in Jodhpur on 24 March 2021.”

Entries are invited for the Short, Documentary, Animation, Feature, Regional, Rajasthani, and Music Album categories, for the 7th Edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), 2021. The films can be submitted at The next deadline is 31 January 2021.


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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