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‘Chimes of a New Moment: Revisioning Just Communities

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When old worlds die out on the tongue,

new melodies break forth from the heart,

                                                                 –Rabindranath Tagore

As a response to an increasingly centralised media controlled by large corporations with their own vested interests that impacted on people’s lives and perception with its ability to distort the facts, alternative media practices began to emerge in India from the mid-seventies. The efforts of independent documentary film makers, media practitioners and film societies ensured that by focussing on deliberately neglected social, cultural and political issues they kept spaces open for creative dissent which is central to the idea and practice of democracy. Through bringing together the international efforts of alternative media, in this instance documentary films/alternative cinema dealing with people’s resistance to oppressive regimes, dehumanising socio-cultural  practices and the more positive stories of transformation and change we hope to add to the existing efforts to create a sustainable economic and a pluralistic political vision for a just world order.

In this context, Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with CIEDS collective is initiating a travelling film festival on human rights titled “Chimes of a New Moment – Revisioning Just Communities” which will be showcased in the peripheries of Bangalore viz, Anekal, Kolar and later travel to peripheral cities and towns across Karnataka. This festival will be organised also in collaboration with local educational institutions, media institutes and other local communities.

We plan to bring together aesthetically crafted films revolving around the following issues:

  • Women’s rights across diverse communities
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Trafficking
  • Right to livelihoods in urban/rural unorganized economies
  • Developmental Refugees due to mining, construction of dams
  • Migration due to ethnic conflict
  • Youth and Masculinities

We invite you to be part of this initiative by contributing short, documentary, animation and feature films on the above mentioned themes.

Selection Process

It is a non competitive film festival aimed to highlight contemporary socio-political and cultural issues to the youth residing in the peripheries of metropolis Bangalore with a view to empower them. Please submit films made in 2017 and 18 and films that will get completed by May 30th 2019. There is no entry fee for films submitted.

All the submitted films will be subject to a selection process by the festival selection committee comprising of eminent documentary film makers, film critics, social activists, academician’s et al.

Applicant must pay for the shipment of films or appropriate internet transfers to Bangalore Film Society.


Entries to the Film Festival must include:
1.Two DVDs of the film with English subtitles, if sent by courier

  1. A signed copy of the entry form (can be sent via email)
    3.Three high-resolution stills of the film (can be sent via email)
    4.A high-resolution passport size photograph of the director (can be sent via email)
  2. Promotional materials: synopsis of the film, brief CV of the filmmaker, awards won, festival attended etc,

All the submitted films will become part of Bangalore Film Society archive and will be made available for non-commercial screening purposes on a written authorization by the producer/director of the film. Please send your authorization letter for the above purpose along with the film.

 Last date for submissions: July 30, 2019


Georgekutty A.L

Bangalore Film Society,

No.33/1-9, IVth Cross, Thyagaraju Layout,

Jaibharath Nagar, M.S. Nagar P.O

Bangalore 560 033.


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