Agra to Play Host to First-ever Global Taj International Film Festival Set to Kick Off on November 15

Agra to Play Host to First-ever Global Taj International Film Festival Set to Kick Off on November 15

The Global Taj International Film Festival will feature films from 10 countries across the globe. The festival is being organised by Suraj Tiwari, who is also roped in as the director.

Film festivals have been taking over the world by storm. There was a time when everyone only knew about the one in the French Riviera – the world famous Cannes Film Festival. Now, such prestigious events are being organised world over, from Melbourne to the United Kingdom and more. In a first, the historical Indian city of Agra is set to play host to one too. The Global Taj International Film Festival will roll out its first edition from November 15 to November 17 this year. Films from 10 countries across the globe will be showcased at the three-day long fest.

The festival is being organised by Suraj Tiwari, who has been roped in the director’s seat. His maiden venture I am Zero received praises worldwide. Speaking about the forthcoming festival, Tiwari said, “We have received entries from some 10 countries till now. The final screening will have films from India and six other counties. These short films, animations, documentaries and music videos are based on contemporary concerns and social causes."

The jury will make a collective selection for awards in different categories. In addition, an award honouring Dada Saheb Phalke and another dedicated to his wife Saraswatibai, the first female technician of India, will be given to a female technician every year, starting this year for their contributions to Indian cinema. Tiwari revealed a plethora of film producers, representatives of various production houses, writers and actors from different countries will visit the Taj city. "In the foreign films category Rajibul from Bangladesh, documentary of Navneet from UK, film of Murjani from Canada, film of Yuvi from Switzerland, film of LDN from France and films from all states of India are going to be screened," said the organisers. Actor Raza Murad will inaugurate the film festival and the opening speech will be delivered by Dada Saheb Phalke's grandson Chandrasekhar. The festival will also include a talk show by Sushma Siromani, a cinematography workshop by Vipin Goje and other special programmes by lyricist and writer Sudhakar Sharma. The curtain-raiser of the festival will be opened by Bollywood writer Manoj Santoshi.

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