The Kolkata People’s Film Festival (KPFF), organised by the People’s Film Collective, started in January 2014. Over the past few years, it has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming a critical part of the counter-culture movement in the city of Kolkata and beyond.

The festival, held over four to five days, does not charge for entry, either for entering a film or for watching a film. Everyone is welcome to attend. The festival is a non-sponsored event which does not accept any governmental or corporate sponsorships. It runs solely on donations made by individual supporters.

KPFF is primarily a documentary festival acting as a platform for the contemporary political documentary from India (and South Asia). In addition, we do screen a limited number of political fiction films from India (and South Asia).

KPFF is carefully programmed by a selection committee constituted by the People's Film Collective, keeping in mind not only quality but also topicality and social relevance of the films. The goal of the festival is to encourage debate and discussion around issues that are sometimes forgotten, or swept under the rug. Or even worse, tip-toed around. From communalism to caste and prejudice, workers rights, the right to self-determination, environmental issues and many more.

Films are interspersed with talks and panel discussions based on issues raised by the screenings. Filmmakers are invited to share their experiences and thoughts. The audience is an integral part of the process, with a free give and take of opinions. The festival is not restricted to within the hall. A stall with books and DVDs outside is often the hub of many a discussion. Filmmakers, activists, students, parents, grandparents and school children sharing their thoughts, ideologies and feelings over cups of tea and books.

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About the Organisers:

People's Film Collective (PFC) is an independent, autonomous, people-funded cultural-political collective based in West Bengal. Formed in 2013, it believes in the power of films as a weapon of pedagogy of the oppressed as well as alternative media for people. PFC organises monthly documentary screenings and conversations in Kolkata over topical issues. It travels throughout West Bengal with films & movement videos. Its members document movements and make political documentaries. PFC organises the ‘Kolkata People’s Film Festival’ in January, the 'Frames of Freedom' in August, and travelling documentary festivals around the year. The Collective has a campaign called 'Little Cinema' for screening and discussing thought-provoking films for children and young adults. PFC brings out a Bangla magazine, ‘Protirodher Cinema’, focussing on the documentary, political cinema and counterculture. The Collective often works together with like-minded collectives of the working class and people’s movements.

Call for entries!
KPFF is primarily a documentary festival acting as a platform for the contemporary political documentary from India (and South Asia). In addition, we do screen a limited number of political fiction films from India (and South Asia).

1) Documentary films (of any duration) are invited from filmmakers anywhere in the world, on subject matters of direct and compelling socio-political relevance in India in particular and South Asia at large. The films must be shot in India/South Asia even if in part.

2) Fiction films (90 mins or less) are invited from filmmakers on films shot in India/South Asia, on subject matters of direct and compelling socio-political relevance in India in particular and South Asia at large.

3) The selection committee will prioritise productions completed within the last two years (January 2017 - January 2019). However, exceptions can be made for extraordinarily deserving entries.

4) Apart from the selection made from entries by filmmakers, KPFF also screens invited films programmed by the screening committee. The latter includes special screenings and retrospectives.

5) There are no submission fees to enter a film.

6) There are no monetary awards. The best award offered by KPFF is a lovely, lively, critical, engaging documentary audience!

7) Stick to the deadlines, for your entry to be eligible.

8) A film that has been submitted for an earlier edition of the KPFF and not been selected, cannot be submitted again.

9) The Festival organisers may make an exception to any of the above rules if necessary.

10) The decision of the selection committee will be final.