Anand Patwardhan, Bina Paul, Vetrimaaran join group of filmmakers appealing against voting for the BJP 

Anand Patwardhan, Bina Paul, Vetrimaaran join group of filmmakers appealing against voting for the BJP 

Even as there is a biopic on prime minister Narendra Modi ready for release, a group of award-winning filmmakers from across the country have stepped up to oppose the re-election of the majority Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the upcoming general elections. In a statement put out on the website, www.artistuniteindia.com, the filmmakers have stated…

Amshan Kumar at KNIFF 2018

Amshan Kumar at KNIFF 2018

We do not see much independent films outside festivals. Ever thought why? It is because the production and marketing of an independent film faces challenges of unforeseen nature. The Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Festival (KNIFF) 2018 brought together filmmakers from different parts of the country to discuss on ‘Production and Marketing Challenges in Independent Cinema’. Among…

Filmmaker KP Kumaran at the KNIFF Coffee Chat

Filmmaker KP Kumaran at the KNIFF Coffee Chat

Malayalam filmmaker and screenwriter KP Kumaran, who co-authored Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s iconic Swayamvaram (1972), hosted filmmakers on Day 2 of the Kazhcha-NIV Indie Film Festival in Trivandrum yesterday. Reminiscing about the 1970s and the 1980s, the period when he was making films, Kumaran spoke about the confluence between theatre and cinema and the fact that there were outstanding writers…

Sanal Sasidharan at KNIFF 2018

Sanal Sasidharan at KNIFF 2018

Film critic, documentary filmmaker and writer, CS Venkiteswaran hosted the first coffee chat session at the Kazhcha-Niv Film Festival 2018 in his Trivandrum home where filmmakers discussed the state of film criticism in India and thought through modes of exhibition wherein independent filmmakers could reach out to a wider audience. Venkiteswaran spoke about the way…

KNIFF is kind of an anarchy that includes everything: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

KNIFF is kind of an anarchy that includes everything: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

A niche, crowd-sourced film festival, Kazhcha-Niv Indie Film Fest (KNIFF) offers an open space for the celebration of art, freedom of speech, right to dissent, aesthetic daring and experimentation, with the aim for the artist and the audience to be one and the same.  The festival, which was launched last year, features 12 compelling films…