Yeah, it’s been a little over a year since I wrote about the 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival. As usual, I didn’t write a follow-up post on how the event was, nor did I write about the movies I watched. That’s something I’ve been planning to do every year for the last 5 years, but never did. All the notes I’ve made never made into full fledged reviews on those movies and I don’t even know where those notes are.

That said, the 10th edition is here and was kicked-off this evening in the premises of the iconic Vidhana Soudha – a monument that has been the pride of the city for close to 70 years now. While I didn’t get to watch the inauguration either on TV or live, I’m sure it was a grand event compared to the last year’s ceremony. After all, this year’s guest list on the dais included Kareena Kapoor, Shivarajkumar, Sudeep and Darshan among others. All big stars in their respective industries. However, I hope the star involvement ends there and the movie halls are not filled with their aura, it just mars the experience people like me have in such festivals.

So the 9th edition was a better managed festival than anything I had seen in the past. Most issues had been ironed out to a large extent, we got our souvenirs late, but we got them. There were less number of technical glitches and reschedules. The crowd, much larger than the previous editions, was also managed in a better fashion.

This year’s edition is bigger than ever with 200+ films being screened 400+ times. PVR Cinemas at Orion Mall will come alive from 23rd February till 28th February. Unlike the previous two editions, Biffes will no longer be held in Mysore and the closing ceremony as well as the last screening will happen at Vidhana Soudha, just like the opening screening happened in Vidhana Soudha’s own auditorium.

While regular competition sections are there, this time around, the highlight theme is Human Rights and Social Justice – a topic that’s part of my Sociology degree. It’d be interesting to understand the issues across the world from the perspective of cinemas, unlike the perspective we know through the press.

There’s another interesting section – Unsung Incredible India. I wonder if it’s going to be a documentary section or will bring cinemas that capture different aspects of the colourful country to the big screen.

Pure pleasure, starting tomorrow!