The film festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy for the Government of Karnataka. The 13th edition of BIFFes will be held from 3rd to 10th March 2022. COVID-19 Pandemic has necessitated the postponement of most of the film festivals across the globe, likewise, 13th BIFFes is also postponed by a year compared to its previous editions. 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 of BIFFes was held between 26th February and 4th March, 2020 in Bengaluru, was a resounding success with screening of 220 films across 13 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. Cinema of the World
  2. Asian Cinema Competition
  3. Indian Cinema Competition (Chitrabharati)
  4. Kannada Cinema Competition
  5. Kannada Cinema (Popular Entertainment) Competition
  6. Critics Week
  7. Country Focus
  8. State Focus - North East
  9. Retrospectives - Directors / Artists / Technicians
  10. Homages & Remembrances
  11. Curated Section on a Special Theme – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
  12. 50th Year of Tulu Cinema

Like its previous editions, competitive sections for the Asian, Indian and Kannada Cinema will be held with rewarding the winners with cash prize. Meanwhile, the films which were selected under the various competition sections in 2021, will also be adjudicated in this edition of the festival separately, for the respective awards.

The film festival will also host various sessions for the academic interactions / discourse on different aspects of Filmmaking & Film Appreciation, through Seminars, Workshops, Master classes etc., for the benefit of filmmaking practitioners, discerning audiences and students. Through these academic events, BIFFes aims at enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the film art form, medium and exploring the historical milestones, features & trends in the contemporary filmmaking.

We invite the filmmakers, film fraternity, film critics, film buffs, students & film distribution agencies 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.