ViBGYOR 2008: At a glance

Dates: From 13-17, February, 2008

Venue: Delegate Screening – Kerala Sahitya Akademi & Town Hall, Thrissur.

Village Festival: in Panancherry Panchayat, 10 kms away from Thrissur town.

Number of Films: More than One Hundred and Fifty films from around the world. Films screened at ViBGYOR 2008 will be taken around the country as a Touring Festival.

Organised by:

ViBGYOR Film Collective, Chetana Media Institute (Thrissur), NOTTAM Traveling Film Festival (Cochin), Global Alternate Information Applications (GAIA),Thrissur, moving republic, Navachithra Film Society (Thrissur), Visual Search (Bangalore), Centre for Social Education-CenSe (Thrissur), INSAF, SICHREM, Environmental Support Group(ESG), Visthar, Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, Sangama, National Adivasi Andolan, The Other Media, Focus on Global south and NESA

In collaboration with:

Thrissur Chalachitrakendram, Janasamakara, Chaturam (Chalakudy), Screen (Vatanapilly), Frame (Tirur), Montage (Manjery) and other film societies

With the support of:

Federation of Film Societies of India (South West Region), Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Thrissur Municipal Corporation, Thrissur Zilla Panchayat , District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Information & Public Relations Dept., ActionAid India Oxfam and variuos embassies

Village Festival--Festival from the People

In ViBGYOR-2008 we introduce the concept ‘Festival from the People’, keeping up the spirit of the `Festival to the People’ of last year. Film Festivals often happen in urban pockets; the city folks often get ample opportunity to appreciate the beauty and techniques and discuss the politics of the films. The people whose lives are portrayed in those films seldom get a chance to see the films. Rarely are they offered opportunities to express solidarity with and learn from the struggles of others of their ilk in other parts of the world. Last year we began the festival in the town and then took it to Pananchery Panchayath. This year the festival will begin in the village and end in the town. The local panchayat and community organizations will be responsible for organizing the festival at the different centres in the village.

Thematic Seminars

A series of seminars will be conducted on various themes highlighted in the festival in four days of the festival. Filmmakers, People’s movement representatives and activists involved in those themes will be invited to speak and the delegates will have opportunity to interact with them. ‘Energy’ (focus theme of the year), `Human Rights’ and other themes will be taken up in the different seminar sessions.

Film Package 2008

ViBGYOR Package with seven themes is the main attraction at ViBGYOR. The themes are:`Indegenous People', `Dalit Reality', `Gender & Sexuality', `Fundamentalism v/s Diversity', `Nation State', `Globalization' and Region focus (`Eastern India’). Seven films each from the seven sections will be screened.

Focus of the Year: `ENERGY’ will be the Focus of this year. With Water, Earth and other elements, Energy forms part of the source of life on this planet. But the greed of a few for never ending development which is based on the consumption of huge amount of man-made energy in the name of poor and deprived has taken the life on this planet to extinction. Environmental destruction which includes almost all the disasters now the Earth is facing, is the evidence of it. Destruction of forests, rivers and lands, climate change, all forms of waste, extinction of flora and fauna and destitution of people all over the world are now more and more evident. But there are possibilities of alternate forms of energy and development which are life enhancing. We need to focus on these alternatives at the earliest.

This year ViBGYOR takes a dig into this issue in order to foreground the concerns of the ‘ENERGY’ debate not just in seminars and discussions but by showcasing internationally popular and relevant films on this topic. Scientists, practitioners, activists and movements representing these issues will be invited.

Global Concerns: Fourteen Short and documentary films based on `Human Rights’, `Health & HIV/AIDS’, `Migration’ and other significant themes produced in contemporary times will be screened.

Kerala Spectrum: This year we will have a Competition Section under this category. Films by young filmmakers from Kerala can compete in this section, which will focus on issues and people in the state. This will be an incentive and opportunity to the filmmakers of Kerala to express their creativity and concern for the society.

Retrospectives: As part of honoring the filmmakers who have made great contributions to the short and documentary filmmaking, fifteen films by three great filmmakers will be screened in this section.

Animation, Music Videos and Spots: Both national and international entries will be selected, keeping in mind the general theme of ViBGYOR.

Open Forum: On all three days Open Forum will be held on topics related to filmmaking and social issues in which special guests from film, academic and activist circles will be invited as panelists.

Media Exhibition: Documentary filmmakers will have an opportunity to interact with various film distributing ventures in the country. Also NGOs in South India can acquire films for their programs at this festival market.