23rd Kolkata International Film Festival
•  The 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival was inaugurated today in a dazzling programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan was present to inaugurate this spectacular celebration of cinema. Also present was Shah Rukh Khan, our Brand Ambassador of Bengal. Gracing the colourful occasion were outstanding cine personalities Kamal Haasan, Mahesh Bhatt, Kajol, Kumar Shanu and the noted English filmmaker Michael Winterbottom. Distinguished guests, invitees, national and international delegates from 20 countries and a packed-to-capacity stadium with thousands and thousands of film enthusiasts, witnessed the spectacular event. While expressing her gratefulness to all for their kind presence,Hon’ble Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated that the International Kolkata Film Festival is a true connection between stars of Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood and Telewood. The Hon’ble Chief Minister informed that for the first time, the focus country of this year film festival was UK. She also informed that till 17 November, 2017, 143 feature films, 87 short films, 51 documentaries from 53 countries will be screened across 12 venues in the state. Films will also be screened in select localities in and around the city to spread the spirit of the festival beyond the conventional venues. She also informed that for the first time, films in various traditional languages like Garo, Khasi, Chakma, Boro, Maithili etc will also be screened in the festival.