The JDCA Film Forum is a permanent programme initiative for archiving,
documenting and screening of films on 'Art of Nature and Man Made Art'. The
Film Forum organizes annual, non-competitive, thematic, national and
international festivals on documentary, short and animation films on the
subject of Art and Artists, in Bhubaneshwar in mid December. It is
gratifying that the Film Forum Archives already houses nearly 1,000
documentary films. This archive is under the larger canopy of Orissa
Cultural Resource Centre (see page 30). JDCA has given an undertaking to all
film makers that the copyright of all films remain with specific owners and
that JDCA will not duplicate or lend these to any third party.
Under the aegis of the Film Forum, JDCA has organized two National
Documentary and Short Film Festivals on the subject of Art and Artists in
2006 and 2007. The Third Film Festival is scheduled for December 2008.
The event allows the viewers to explore the personal vision and creative
process of both the filmmaker and the artist. The effort is to host a series
of films which have played a critical part in the development of filmmaking
and the arts. This initiative will expose the youth to India's rich cultural
heritage. The emphasis is more on the art itself rather than on the art of
JDCA Film Forum has set up an Advisory Committee comprising eminent
professionals such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan ( filmmaker, Kerela), Shyam
Benegal (filmmaker, Mumbai), Aparna Sen (filmmaker & actress, Kolkata),
Sharmila Tagore (actress, Mumbai), Aruna Vasudev (film historian, Delhi),
Biren Das (filmmaker, Bhubaneshwar), Sarat Pujhari (actor - Bhubaneshwar),
Nirad Mahapatra (filmmaker, Bhubaneshwar), Nandita Das (actress, Delhi),
Swapan Mullick (Director, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute,
Kolkata), Vijaya Mulay (filmmaker and historian, Delhi), Arun Khopkar
(filmmaker, Mumbai), Dilip Chitre (poet and filmmaker, Pune), Amol Palekar
The Film Festival Selection Committee (Delhi and Orissa) includes Sunit
Tandon (GM, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC, Delhi), Aruna
Vasudev (film historian, Delhi), Jai Chandiram (former director, Doordarshan
and filmmaker, Delhi), Swapan Mullick (Director, Satyajit Ray Film and
Television Institute, Kolkata), Jahnu Barua (filmmaker, Mumbai), Tapan Bose
(filmmaker and activist, Delhi), Biren Das (filmmaker, Bhubaneshwar), U
Radhakrishnan (Secretary, International Federation of Film Societies), Ira
Bhaskar (Department of Art Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU,
Delhi), Bidisha Roy Das (filmmaker, Delhi), Mike Pandey (filmmaker, Delhi),
Suresh Kohli (poet and filmmaker, Delhi), Manmohan Mahapatra (filmmaker,
Bhubaneshwar), Susant Misra (filmmaker, Bhubaneshwar), Sarat Pujhari (actor,
Bhubaneshwar), Mehmood Husain (filmmaker, Bhubaneshwar), Nirad Mahapatra
The festivals had the support of UNESCO, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India; Department of Tourism and Department of
Culture, Government of Orissa; Indian Airlines, The India Tourism
Development Corporation (ITDC), Osian's Connoisseurs of Art Private Limited,
TPS Infrastructure Limited.
Eminent filmmakers, critics, artists and scholars from all over the country
participated in both the Festivals. There was wide coverage in the National
Print and Electronic Media.
JDCA brought out publications of posters and brochures. Seminars and an
exposure to the Oriya culture by way of Oriya lunches, classical and folk
dance and musical performances added to the Festival.
During the First Film Festival, Osian's Connoisseurs of Art, Mumbai
collaborated with JDCA Film Forum in bringing a selection of Posters and
Publications from the Osian's Archive and Library to Bhubaneshwar for an
exhibition. They exhibited thirty-five framed posters.
The exhibition included posters of Indian Films, catalogues, leaflets on
film and art, as well as publications of Osian's for display and sale along
with the Cinemaya Magazine.