Talks, Workshops & Performances
Display Stalls of Crafts, Textiles, Indigenous Food and Art Publications
JD Centre of Art Site
13th International Film Festival Art & Artists, 2020
7, 8 & 9 February 2020
IDCOL Auditorium, Unit 2, IG Park,
Film Screening: 48 films from 17 countries
26 were from India (11 of them from Odisha).
22 were from 17 different countries around
This is the third time the Festival has gone international, screening films from 17 different countries: Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.
The films spanned the genres of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts & Crafts, Design & Architecture, Communities & Cultures and Animation.
Bose Krishnamachari: The Indian Biennale
Adwaita Gadanayak: Upendra Maharathi exhibition at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
Nandita Das: The Joy and Challenges of Recreating the Times in Manto
4K Films on a Budget; Digital filmmaking workshops led by National Award-winning filmmakers Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl.
13 Introductions or Q&As on films, either by the filmmaker or foreign mission
Concert by singer Vidya Shah
Performance of Bhumija and Gotipua dance
22 Traditional craftspeople from different parts of Odisha presented the making of their craft in 11 stalls at the venue.
Participants and visitors:
48 films screened from 17 countries
Films Division, Govt. of India, Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), High Commission of Australia, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of Israel, Instituto Cervantes, Spain GoodPlanet Foundation and individual filmmakers have contributed films.
Over 5,000 visitors
Designer Subrata Bhowmick (Ahmedabad)
Artist and curator Bose Krishnamachari (Mumbai)
Sculptor and Director-General of NGMA, Adwaita Gadanayak (Delhi)
Photographer Raghu Rai (Delhi)
Filmmakers Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl (Mumbai)
Media personality Sunit Tandon (Delhi)
Actress and director Nandita Das (Mumbai)
Deputy Head of Post, Australian Consulate-General in Kolkata Daniel Sim
Odia filmmakers: Abhishek Swain, Manoranjan Badatya, Pankaja Sethi, Ashutosh Pattnaik, Masako Ono, Ranajit Mohanty and Srikrishna Das
Filmmaker Anungla Zoe Longkumer (Dimapur, Nagaland)
Filmmaker Patdeep Chaudhuri (Kolkata)
Guests who introduced films and interacted with the audience with a Q&A session after the screening:
Daniel Sim, Deputy Head of Post, Australian Consulate-General in Kolkata: Gurrumul
Abhishek Swain, filmmaker:
Through the Eyes of an Artist
Manoranjan Badatya, filmmaker: Sand Says Something
Pankaja Sethi, filmmaker: Kabir Ke Julahe &
Niyam Ku Niyam
Anungla Zoe Longkumer, filmmaker: Shot Awake: The Making of Changlangshu’s New Log Drum
Ashutosh Pattnaik, filmmaker: Shrikshetra to Sahijata
Masako Ono, producer: Lost into Art: Dhokra
Patdeep Chaudhuri, filmmaker: Daman, the Indomitable (Adamita Daman)
Ranajit Mohanty, filmmaker: Planet Earth Celebrates (Planeta Terra Celebrari)
Srikrishna Das, filmmaker: Ladakh: A Timelapse Journey through the Land of High Passes
Raghu Rai, photographer: Raghu Rai, An Unframed Portrait
48 films from 17 countries were screened (Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom and United States), that spanned the gamut of the arts: visual and performing arts, traditional arts and crafts, design and architecture, communities & culture and animation. The films ranged from fiction and documentaries to animation. Several films showcased Odisha’s incredible artistic traditions and living heritage.
Opening film: Gurrumul, by Paul Damien Williams, Australia
An emotive portrait of one Australian’s most important musicians, indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community. This award-winning film premiered at the Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival). Mr. Daniel Sim, Deputy Head of Post, Australian Consulate-General in Kolkata introduced the film.
Closing film: Raghu Rai: an Unframed Portrait, by Avani Rai, India
A personal insight into one of the world’s most celebrated photographers, directed by his daughter Avani Rai. The film becomes a portrait not only of a passionate photographer, but also of a father-daughter relationship in which the camera is a source of both connection and friction.
Raghu Rai has recently won the first edition of the most prestigious Photography Award of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. He will be present during the screening.
Great Artists - El Greco
Phil Grabsky, Spain, UK,
2001, English, 30 min, Visual Arts
Part of the Great Artists series with Tim Marlow. The paintings of the artist El Greco (1541-1614) are among the most distinctive works of the early modern period. His art marked a radical departure from the naturalism of the Renaissance, and as result was ignored for almost 300 years.
Yu Haojiang, Ministry of Culture, China,
2009, English, 20 min, Visual Arts
A film on one of the most known ‘refined culture’ of China, traditional ink wash paintings. It looks into not only the art form itself, but most importantly, the philosophy of harmony in the traditional Chinese culture.
The Heartbeats of Memory
Nono Ayuso (aka NONO), UK
2019, English, 3 min, Visual Arts
“Every time you face your memories, you feel the heartbeat of the past, the vertigo of longing, and the fear that your memory no longer resembles what once really was.” This poetic short film was shot on Super 8 film in Japan between April and June 2019.
Legacy of a Painter
Nutan Manmohan, India
2018, Hindi, English, 24 min, Visual Arts
The poignant film looks at the artistic journey of Jangarh Singh Shyam, the genius Gond Pradhan artist from central rural India. Following his first appearance at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, his work received international acclaim until his shocking death in 2001.
Eitan Herman, Israel
2019, Hebrew, 6 min, Visual Arts
Nino, a great photographer from Israel contracted polio in his childhood, but he didn’t let that stop him from pursuing his goals. He chose to experience the beauty he sees in humanity and share it through his camera.
Olafur Eliasson: Become Your Own Navigator (Art21) Ian Forster, Rafael Salazar, Ava Wiland, USA, Germany 2019, English, 5 min, Visual Arts
Working with elements such as light, colour and reflection, artist Olafur Eliasson invites viewers to project their own subjective context onto the reading of his artwork.
A Painter of Eloquent Silence: Ganesh Pyne Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India
1998, English, 24 min, Visual Arts
A biographical film on the reclusive painter of eloquent silence - Ganesh Pyne.
The Perceiving Fingers: The World of J Swaminathan Vinod Bhardwaj, India
2019, English, 48 min, Visual Arts
An insight into influential painter Jagdish Swaminathan through interviews with Dhoomimal Gallery curators and his artistic contemporaries of the 1980’s. This artistic documentary celebrates his creative practice, social and political activism and 20 promotion of folk painting as contemporary art.
Raghu Rai, an Unframed Portrait
Avani Rai, India, Finland, Norway
2017, English, Hindi, 55 min, Visual Arts
Avani Rai didn’t set out to make a film about her father, the famous photographer Raghu Rai. What she wanted was to get to know him better by observing him on one of his photo trips. In the film that she ended up making anyway, father and daughter travel together. Avani films and photographs her father as he works. In the process, the film becomes a portrait not only of a passionate photographer, but also of a father-daughter relationship in which the camera is a source of both connection and friction.
Sand Says Something
Manoranjan Badatya, India
2016, Odia, English, 5 min, Visual Arts
Sand Says Something is a short documentary film, based on the life of Padmashree awardee sand sculptor, Sudarshan Pattnaik.
Tales of our Time, Sun Xun
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, USA 2016, Mandarin, 5 min, Visual Arts
From his Beijing studio, Sun Xun explains his use of both historical and fantastical imagery in his animated video installation, Mythological Time.
The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca
COMMUNITIES AND CULTURE:
Daman, the Indomitable (Adamita Daman)
Patdeep Chaudhuri, India
2017, Bengali, 19 min, Communities & Culture
Daman Murmu, an Adivasi living in the Mahanandapur village of West Bengal is performing a very rare folk culture, ‘Chadar Badni’, a form of mobile puppet show. He travels between villages with his handmade wooden puppets to earn his livelihood.
Composed by Armand Amar, France
2015, No dialogue, 83 min, Communites & Culture
This musical variation of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s 2015 film, Human, was composed by Armand Amar. With remarkable eclecticism, singers and world musicians have come together to create an overwhelmingly moving musical landscape that taps deep into the heart of humanity itself.
Ladakh: A Timelapse Journey through the
Land of High Passes
Srikrishna Das, India
2019, No dialogue, 3 min, Communities & Culture
This mesmerizing timelapse video shot over 8 days in Leh, Ladakh takes its viewers on a visual journey to the ‘Land of High Passes’.
A Letter to Home
Mukul Haloi, India
2018, Assamese, 25 min, Communities & Culture Glimpses of lives from a village in Assam reveal the relationship between its history and the present.
My Father’s Tools
Heather Condo, Canada
2016, No dialogue, 7 min, Communities & Culture
In honour of his father, Stephen, a Mi’gmaq nation craftsman, continues the production of traditional baskets. He finds peace in his studio, in connection with the man who taught him the work.
Niyam Ku Niyam
Pankaja Sethi, Mandika Nilamani, Tanuja Sethi,
India 2013, No dialogue, 5 min,
Communites & Culture
According to Dongria Kondh Adivasi, Niyamraja is the king of forest. This film captures the landscape of the Niyamgiri hills 19 from the Rayagada district of Odisha - the hills, trees, streams and textiles, the lives and rituals of Dongria Kondh Adivasi and their connection to the forest. Kondhs consider nature as their supreme God, the creator and protector.
Shot Awake: The Making of Changlangshu’s New Log Drum
Anungla Zoe Longkumer, India
2018, Konyak, English, 25 min, Communities & Culture After a hiatus of fifty-seven years, the Shajung Morung of the Konyak village of Changlangshu decided to carve a new log drum for themselves. Although preparations for the task started in 1999, it was only in 2013 that they could host the grand event of acquiring their new log drum.
Shrikshetra to Sahijata (Shrikshetra Ru Sahijata) Ashutosh Pattnaik, India
2017, Odia, 20 min, Communities & Culture
Keeping a centuries-old tradition alive, Shrikshetra (Puri Dham), hosts the festival of Sahi Jata which blends spirituality and folk theatre.
Songs for Babasaheb
Aranya Sahay, India
2019, Marathi, Hindi, 12 min, Communities & Culture Indian Jurist and social reformer B R Ambedkar often spoke of the power of poetry and art in his speeches. His emphasis on arts spread both a message of equality and a deep tradition of reading and writing poetry and music in Dalit households across Maharashtra.
Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (Katatjatuuk Kangirsumi) Manon Chamberland, Eva Kaukai, Wapikoni Mobile team, Canada, 2018, English, Inuktitut, 3 min, Communities & Culture
Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland practice the Inuk art of throat singing in their small village of Kangirsuk.
DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE:
Architect Santiago Calatrava
Alexandra Liveris, USA
2016, English, 12 min, Design & Architecture
A rare and intimate view into the world of eminent architect Santiago Calatrava. The film explores the Spanish visionary’s perspective as both an artist and architect.
César Pesquera, Mexico
2016, Spanish, 6 min, Design & Architecture
Casa Gilardi was the last house entirely built by legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The building, situated in Mexico City, is as much an abstract expressionist mood piece as it is a much-loved residence.
Premjit Ramachandran, India
2008, English, 7 min, Design & Architecture
An insightful portrait of India’s most eminent architect B V Doshi. Doshi led the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture, interpreting the modernist ideals of his former mentor, Le Corbusier, and working within the constraints of the local conditions of site, climate, and available technologies. He was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2018 for his great contributions to architecture.
Mahendra Raj - Three Shorts
Isha Sharma, Studio VanRO Foundation, India
2019, English, 17 min, Design & Architecture
The 3-part film - Mahendra Raj was produced for the recently concluded exhibition entitled ‘Structuring Form: The Innovative Rigour of Mahendra Raj’. The exhibition, held at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, brought into the public domain for the first time, his extraordinary practice and workings.
The Spring of Moere
Takayuki Yoshida, Japan
2019, No dialogue, 17 min, Design & Architecture Moerenuma Park is a large sculpture park in the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan. It was designed by the Japanese-American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, as a work of sculptural art in itself. This is a short documentary film about one spring day at Moerenuma Park.
Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany
2018, German, 5 min, Animation
Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces
Every Drop Counts
Dhimant Vyas, India
2016, No dialogue, 1 min, Animation
For most of us living in cities with dependable amenities, drought is something we see on TV or read in newspapers. This gives us an emotional distance from the people, animals, birds and landscapes affected by a drought. Because of this, we fail to understand the impact of our own actions.
Lost & Found
Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe, Australia
2018, No dialogue, 8 min, Animation
Lost & Found is an Oscar shortlisted stop motion film that tugs at the heartstrings. A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.
Eusong Lee, USA
2018, English, 8 min, Animation
An animated short film about a relationship between three celestial bodies; a bittersweet romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun.
Sun Xun, China, USA
2016, No dialogue, 13 min, Animation
Composed of hand-drawn frames, Sun Xun’s Mythological Time takes the viewer on a panoramic journey through his hometown of Fuxin in northern China, a coal mining centre that faces the depletion of its economic lifeblood. Viewed through legendary folk customs, political beliefs, and historic changes, the city’s dark and rich history is momentarily glimpsed.
Planet Earth Celebrates (Planeta Terra Celebrari) Ranajit Mohanty, India
2019, No dialogue, 2 min, Animation
In this short terracotta clay-motion, the first cosmic man and woman, formed from the clay of the earth, meet on Diwali to warn that we should better protect the earth.
Radheya Jegatheva, Australia
2019, English, 10 min, Animation
When an astronaut ponders the quietude of space, he reaches a startling self-realisation.