Ramesh Sippy

Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will be honored at the first International Film Festival of Jharkhand (IFFJ) to be held next year in Dhanbad. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—India’s black diamond city of Dhanbad is the chosen venue for the first International Film Festival of Jharkhand (IFFJ) to be held next year. Veteran filmmaker, Padma Shri Ramesh Sippy will be felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution towards Indian cinema at this 3-day festival.

Sippy is nowadays busy with his institute, RSACE. RSACE’s core purpose is to produce generations of film professionals that will contribute to great storytelling. From his huge experience, he wants to bridge the gap between theory and hands-on knowledge.

Besides films like India’s biggest hit “Sholay,” he has also directed one of the biggest hits of television “Buniyaad” (1986). “Andaz,” “Seeta Aur Geeta” (whose sequel he is now planning), “Shaan,” “Shakti” and “Saagar” are among his other films.

Various categories like feature films, documentaries, short fictions and animation from all over the world are open for participation. Entries will be accepted through Film freeway, Vimeo, and Withoutabox or courier. This first-ever IFFJ is a humble attempt to bring the films to the commoners. Jharkhand has given filmmakers like Shivam Nair, who will be on the advisory panel.

Sippy said, “I wish to congratulate the whole team of the International Film Festival of Jharkhand because a film festival is an important platform for cinema lovers, especially young people.”

This first IFFJ will be organized by an independent organizing committee whose members are Dhiraj Mishra, Ashwani Shukla and Abhishek Arun. From publicity to marketing, promoting, bringing movies, having workshops inviting national and international filmmakers, first ever festival lasting three days will be held in the Dhanbad.

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