The film festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy for the Government of Karnataka. The 13th edition of BIFFes, the Bengaluru International Film Festival to be held during April, 2021.

Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State in India, is an important centre of International film culture in keeping with Karnataka’s glorious heritage and the State’s achievements in the fields of literature, fine arts, and cinema.

We would like to recall here that our 12th edition held between 26th February and 4th March, 2020 in Bengaluru, was a resounding success with screening of 220 films across 14 screens from more than 60 countries, and witnessed by more than 10000 delegates, who enjoyed and appreciated the quality of cinema presented.

The upcoming 13th edition of BIFFES will have different sections as mentioned below.

  1. Contemporary World Cinema
  2. Asian Cinema Competition
  3. Chitrabharati (Indian Cinema) Competition
  4. Kannada Cinema Competition
  5. Kannada Cinema of Popular Entertainment
  6. FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award winners
  7. Network for Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) award winners
  8. Bio-Pics
  9. Country Focus
  10. Unsung Incredible India – Films from little known languages
  11. Centenary Tribute – Satyajit Ray
  12. Revisiting Classics
  13. Retrospectives – Directors / Artists / Technicians
  14. Homages & Remembrances
  15. Curated Section on a Special Theme

Like in previous editions, competitive sections for the Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema will be held with handsome cash prizes..

The film festival will also host various forums for academic interactions / discourse on the different aspects of Filmmaking & Film Art Appreciation, through Seminars, Workshops, Master classes etc., for the benefit of filmmaking practitioners, discerning audiences and filmmaking / media students. Along with the exchange of diverse cultural milieus, BIFFES also focuses on enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the film form, medium and exploring the historical milestones & features / trends in contemporary filmmaking.

We invite the filmmakers, film fraternity, community film critics, film buffs, students & International and National film distribution agencies/companies to participate in this upcoming 13th edition of BIFFES. We sincerely hope that by adhering to the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines set by the government, the film lovers will utilize this opportunity to register as delegates and enjoy the contemporary world cinema, Competition Section Films and the classics.