Into The Wild: Bring Your Own Film Festival
A cinematic potluck, where each attendee brings their own carefully constructed creative concoction in the form of a film – from shorts to documentaries, animations to features! The Bring Your Own Film Festival – happening this February 21st – 25th in Pink House, Puri – is a unique concept that destroys hierarchy and place the emphasis on sharing. Each filmmaker brings their own piece of work and everyone has the chance to screen their films to an attentive audience – out in nature, under the stars. The location is an additional attraction – being held in the seaside town of Puri in Odisha, an inspiring locale that rather aptly complements the spirit of the festival. As the official online partner, IndiEarth caught up with the creators for a little insider look at this rather unique vision for how Indian cinema is showcased and promoted in the country.
Team BYOFF: BYOFF started in 2004 at a time when there was great discontent spreading amongst independent filmmakers against censorship rules at festivals like Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) amongst other things. A group of friends (Swagat, Susant, Gurpal, Debu & others) while bathing in the Puri sea struck upon a Eureka moment, and came up with an idea to keep indie cinema afloat – a festival with no rules, selections, juries or hierarchy and anyone who had a film could participate. And this was in a time when YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook were yet to be rampantly used. The first edition of BYOFF was supposed to be a small affair but an overwhelming number of filmmakers turned up and multiple screens had to be arranged. The three-day festival became a five-day long affair the very first year. From then on BYOFF has rolled down like a juggernaut of ‘indie cinema’ screening hundreds of films and launching dozens of careers. More than 5,000 artists have participated in BYOFF so far, and scores of films that were otherwise unknown and obscure found a home.
IndiEarth: How do you source funding for artistic initiatives like BYOFF?
For more on BYOFF and details on how to participate, visit their website at http://www.byoffpuri.com/