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KHAJURAHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Khajuraho International Film Festival is the brainchild or rather dream-in- realisation of Raja Bundela at Prayaas Production in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Govt. KIFF has been conceptualised by him and the team, firm in the belief that Cinema is not just for blind entertainment but is a very vital tool for social change, exploration and documentation of our cultural identity. KIFF wants to bring World Cinema to the people sitting in the heartland away from metropolises. It wants to provide a platform to the youth of Madhya Pradesh who are deprived due to a lack of exposure so that they could have a wider vision about cinema than what is prevalent in the region. KIFF wants to bring World and Indian cinema to the region so that it can bridge the gap and act as a lens through which lay persons can see what is happening globally. KIFF promotes a culture that is healthy in a world gone berserk. In the last decade we have seen an incredible increase in communications. Filmmakers and artistes present stories from different parts of the world, not just India. When you share your story with the world, the world shares it's story with you which results in a great leap of consciousness. A festival like this is a great meeting point of people and ideas.

Inaugural Khajuraho International Film Festival 2015

The first Khajuraho International Film Festival (KIFF) was held from 25th to 28th April, 2015. It was organised by Department of Tourism, Madhya Pradesh Government in association with Prayaas Production Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai. It was the first ever film festival to be held at a 'UNESCO' world heritage tourist destination in India - Khajuraho. KIFF originated from a desire to showcase the best of Cinema in the heartland of Central India, encouraging the populace, specially the youth, to engage with the World through the window of Cinema.

The Festival was inaugurated by Hon. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Many renowned figures of the Indian film industry such as Ramesh Sippy, Manmohan Shetty, Govind Nihalani, Prakash Jha, Deepti Naval, Ramesh Taurani, Dr Chandraprakadh Dwivedi, Meeta Vashist and others were also present to grace the occasion.

More than 50 films all over the world were shown in the festival. Various cultural programmes, song and dance, theatre and other activities were also hosted during the festival. Special tours were also arranged for the celebrities present at the festival. Shri. Ramesh Sippy was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award.

Khajuraho International Film Festival 2016

The second edition of Khajuraho International Film Festival (KIFF) was held from 8th to 14th December, 2016. This time it was organised by Department of Culture, Madhya Pradesh Government in association with Prayaas Production Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai. The festival was bigger, grander and more ground breaking then its previous incarnation.

In second edition we were honoured to host luminaries like Manmohan Shetty, Govind Nihalani, Tanuja ji, Tanisha, Boney Kapoor, Prahlad Kakkad, Ila Arun, Meeta Vashist, Gajendra Chauhan, K K Raina, Kulmeet Makkar, Rumi Jaffrey, Gitanjali Rao, Gopi Desai, Sumona Chakravarti, Himani Shivpuri, Charles Thomson, Marianne Borgo and many other dignitaries.

Some highlights of the second edition of Khajuraho International Film Festival:

Veteran Bollywood Actress Tanuja was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award.

Students from The Prahlad Kakar School Of Branding and Entrepreneurship and Thakur college participated in the festival

More than 100 films from Hindi, Regional and World cinema were showcased.

There was special focus on women filmmakers and first time film makers.

Academy Award Winning Director Jeffrey D. Brown was one of the Patrons and his film ‘Sold’ was the opening film of the festival which was attended by Executive Producer and Actress of the film Neerja Naik.

Renowned Film critic Uma Da Cunha, Manmohan Shetty and Prahlad Kakkar were the other Patrons of the Festival.

A brand new ‘TAPRA TALKIES’ was set up for screening.

Apart from film screening and cultural programmes, workshops were also conducted during the festival.