By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on September 07, 2015
Indian films have always found a way to inspire audiences from around the globe. From superstar Rajinikanth making waves in Japan to Satyajit Ray's films inspiring filmmakers the world over to Raj Kapoor's films resonating with audiences across the globe, Indian cinema has for long been a globally recognized force. Many international film festivals celebrating Indian cinema have sprung over the last few years. The oldest of these film festivals is the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival. Started in 2001, it is the first festival in the world totally devoted to Indian cinema and films about the India sub-continent, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The event is known all around the world for bringing together Indian cinema and culture in the city of Florence.
The festival in its 15th edition this year showcases a variety of Indian cinema, screening the most recent feature films, documentaries and short films. The event offers a unique chance for every resident and tourist (in Florence) to have a taste of the Indian heritage through its cinema, art exhibitions, food items and much more. With more than 30 films being screened, the festival gives a gist of desi-ness with a cup of chai and samosas. Scheduled to kick-off on the 5th of December, the festival offers not only films but also talks between its protagonists and the audience, fostering an interest and promoting cultural understanding.
Due to the current economic crisis, the festival organizers are having trouble finding sponsors for the festival. Focusing on showcasing Indian cinema to its fullest, the festival is now turning to crowdfunding. The festival has taken the challenge of delivering Indian films in a country where the release of foreign films in theaters is a rarity. The event is keeping Indian cinema alive through distribution and marketing of independent Indian films that showcase the wide variety of Indian cinema.
Prominent actors and filmmakers who've attended the festival over the years include Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose, Goutam Ghose, Anurag Kashyap, Irrfan Khan, Ketan Mehta, Aparna Sen and Amitabh Bachchan.
15,000 USD. The campaign so far has enabled the festival to reach 77% of the final goal.
The deadline for the crowdfunding campaign has now been extended to 5th November.
Here is how they intend to use the money raised in this campaign:
Fund the film right here. Last date to contribute is 23rd October,2015.