Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2013 on Wednesday hosted an interactive session on 'India's Indie Film Future - Questions and Concerns: A Filmmakers' Forum' with distinguished Indian film directors, here.
A community initiative by the Apeejay Surrendra Group, the annual literary festival hosted since 2010 is an international literary festival.
An array of special curated discussions, performances and some of the finest literary events are scheduled for the fourth edition from Jan 9 -13, 2013.
The filmmakers panel discussion moderated by Indian film expert S.V. (Raju) Raman, a part of the umbrella theme of AKLF 2013, 'A Century of Cinema' revealed challenges of independent film making, regional as well as those faced by indie filmmakers across the country.
Raising thought provoking issues, the panelists spoke about the genres of alternative, regional, offbeat and independent cinema.
Querying the role of the state in promoting cinema they questioned why independent cinema is not considered a part of art and culture of India and in the course of discussion also investigated avenues to start the process of nurturing cinema in India.
The discussion between the panelists was distinctive in flavour and highlighted piquant issues - with the multiplexes and the studios taking over the exhibition and production of cinema, independent cinema is facing a major crisis all over the country.
The biggest challenge is exhibition, felt the filmmakers and regional filmmakers are feeling the heat as well. Indian cinema has always had a strong regional presence and the National Awards are ample proof of this.
The Filmmakers forum organised by AKLF 2013 saw fervent deliberations and debate on how the mainstream industry like Bollywood and its regional siblings like Tollywood in Kolkata plan to accommodate fledging and independent movie makers.
Indian film director, editor, writer and producer Onir, known for his critically acclaimed film My Brother Nikhil which brought the taboo subject of AIDS onto the big screen, said that reaching audiences with one's film is becoming tough as they are constantly being made to believe that cinema is just entertainment and nothing more than that.
In fact the issue has been gaining ground and it is to voice these concerns and initiate a nationwide discussion, Onir has also launched a petition which has turned into a movement supported by 50 filmmakers across the country and nearly 20000 signatories.
Events are scheduled at significant cultural and heritage venues across Kolkata like National Library, St John´s Church, the banks of Hooghly, Lascar Monument and in India's finest and most loved 92 year old iconic bookstore- Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata.
Amongst the many highlights are the Festival's collaboration with the Tibor-Jones South Asia Prize to recognize and encourage new and emerging writers in the South Asian region.