These are very international times in Budapest indeed. A visit from a Japanese princess, followed by an Indian film festival. Made famous by the films of Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair, and of course Bollywood, Indian cinema is just as popular in Budapest as it is around the world, and will be celebrated with the Indian Film Festival Hungary (IFFW), which runs this month from the 7th to the 13th of October. This is the fifth such festival in Budapest, and is set to be the biggest.
Inaugurated by a ‘Curtain Raiser Press Conference’ with Indian ambassador Sh. Kumar Tuhin and Captain Rahul Bali, the curator of Indian Film Festival Worldwide, the festival will showcase twelve Indian films, which will be shown on the large screens at CINEMApink, at MOM Park in Buda. The festival is supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund , Rajkot Palace, Curry House, Dasvir and the Hungarian Embassy in India.
According to the event’s press release, “Ambassador Kumar Tuhin said that the Indian Film Festival Hungary is an important festival in the event calendar of Embassy and has become a great platform for cultural exchanges and mutual appreciation of cinema between India and Hungary. He said that over the years the festival has been opening new avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and creating a euphoria about India in Hungary.
The Indian Film Festival Hungary is an endeavor to promote the art and culture between India & Hungary via Indian cinema and would be attended by Award winning Actors and Film Makers of Indian cinema like Raima Sen, Umesh Shukla, Rahul Mittra & Dr. Rajinder Chadha as well as some of the biggest names from the Hungarian Film, Art & Cultural Fraternities.”
The grand opening ceremony of the festival will take place on the 7th of October at Mom Park.
Of course Flatpack also has a history of working with Indian film-makers and other Indian film and TV projects. We are proud and privileged to have serviced Maddock Films with Dinesh Vijan for a recently shot television series, as well as Red Chillies Entertainment, headed by Shah Rukh Khan. Let’s hope Indian film-making in Budapest will be a growing enterprise.
You can have a look at the FESTIVAL PROGRAM here.
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