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Things You Shouldn’t Miss at 15th Pune International Film Festival | PIFF 2017 | 12th – 19th Jan 2017

The hype surrounding PIFF 2017 (12th January – 19th January) is far too real and deserved! Apart from the magnificent and assorted collection of movies which PIFF brings to you this year, the jury panel is truly noteworthy as well! The 15th edition of PIFF boasts of remarkable and expert judges from over 7 countries!


PIFF believes in getting a variety of experienced judges for each year, this helps to get the filmmakers and film lovers get as much direct exposure to the International Film scene. Continuing the tradition of roping in Global Cinema Experts as the Jury,

This year’s jury at PIFF includes:


Aparna Sen


Jens Fischer


Goran Paskaljevic


Jorge Arriagada


Prof. Jerzy Stuhr


Gowri Ramnarayan


Bennet Rathnayake

Sri Lanka

Narges Abyer


PIFF plays a central part in highlighting global films. Commenting on the films shortlisted this year in various sections of PIFF Dr. Patel said,

“This year we received more than 1,100 entries for all the competitions at PIFF from over 95 countries. This year we bring a selection of 225+ select movies for the festival. We have 2 sections dedicated for our theme this year – Environment”.

World Competition Section at PIFF 2017

The World Competition at PIFF 2017 boasts of 14 International films from across the globe, including one from India as well – ‘Lady of the Lake’ directed by Haobam Paban Kumar.

The entire list of shortlisted films for World Competition is as follows:

Zoology (Russia)

Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky


Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She feels stuck in a life that holds no surprises, until one day she grows a tail.

Someone to talk to (China)

Directed by Yulin Liu


A man (Hai Mao) and his older sister (Pei Liu) enter into romantic relationships that seem doomed to fail.

The Student (Russia)

Directed by Kirill Serebrennikov


Contemporary Russia. A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

A Decent Woman (Argentina)

Directed by Lukas Valenta Rinner


A housemaid, working in an exclusive gated community in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, embarks on a journey of sexual and mental liberation in a nudist swinger-club boarding the high security walls.

Slack Bay (France)

Directed by Btuno Dumont


Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, a unique site where the Slack river and the sea join only at high tide. There lives a small community of fishermen and other oyster farmers. Among them evolves a curious family, the Bréfort, renowned ferrymen of the Slack Bay, lead by the father nick-named “The Eternal”, who rules as best as he can on his prankster bunch of sons, especially the impetuous Ma Loute, aged 18.

Lost in Munich (Czech Republic)

Directed by Petr Zelenka


Sir “P” a 90 year old gray parrot, formerly living with Edouard Daladier, the French prime minister responsible for signing the Munich Treaty, comes to Prague to give his “account” of the past events. But can he do it, being just a bird? In a series of weird events sir is kidnapped by a Czech journalist undergoing his midlife crisis.

The Land of The Enlightened (Belgium)

Directed by Pieter-Jan De Pue


A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.

Playground (Poland)

Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski


It’s the last day of school in small town Poland and Gabrysia wants to tell her classmate that she loves him. But it will not end well.

The Innocents (France)

Directed by Anne Fontaine

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

Correspondences (Portugal)

Directed by Rita Azevebo Gomes

The film was inspired by the letters exchanged between two leading Portuguese poets, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Jorge de Sena, during the exile of the latter (1957-78).

In Between (Israel)

Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Godless (Bulgaria)

Directed by Ralitza Petrova

A nurse traffics the ID cards of demented patients on the black market of identity theft. Driven by easy cash, and an addiction to morphine, she struggles to keep tabs on her emotional void, and a growing fear of punishment.

Lady of The Lake (India)

Directed by Haobam Paban Kumar

Based on a short story by co-writer Sudhir Naoroibam, Lady of the Lake begins on a tranquil note, following a fisherman as he goes about his daily routine. The opening 10 minutes are arguably the film’s high point, as cinematographer Shehnad Jalal effortlessly captures the odd beauty of the phumdi and the languid pace of life on the lake.

Don’t Tell Orhan Pamuk That His Novel Snow Is In The Film I Made About Kars (Turkey)

Directed by Riza Sonmez

One of the most popular actors in Turkish cinema, Rıza Sönmez goes behind the camera for this docudrama, inspired by a visually-impaired musician whom he met in Kars during the filming of Uğur Yücel’s Soğuk/ Cold, and by insights from people in the city who thought Orhan Pamuk’s novel “Snow” failed to truthfully reflect their lives.

Student Competition (Live Action Section) at PIFF 2017

Keeping the student film making scene in mind, PIFF 2017 has initiated the Live Action Section of the Student Competition. Just like every year, PIFF 2017 continues to provide aspiring film makers a platform to showcase their creation. Out of the 13 films selected for this competition, 4 films are from India. 2 are made by the students of FTII Pune and 2 by the students of Whistling Woods International.

The entire shortlisted list of films for the Live Action Section of the Student Competition is as follows:

The Stepmother (China)

Directed by Beijing Film Academy (BFA- China)

Tenants (Poland)

Directed by Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna I Teatralna (PWSFTviT – Poland)

Kanche (India)

Directed by Whistling Woods International (WWI – India)

Exodus (Georgia)

Directed by Theatre and Film Georgia State University (TAFU – Georgia)

Angelus Novus (UK)

Directed by London Film School (LFS – United Kingdom)

Andhere Mein (India)

Directed by FTII

Strange Bird (Belgium)

Directed by LUCA School of Arts, Belgium

Homeless (South Africa)

Directed by South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA)

Kalpvriksha (India)

Directed by FTII

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart (USA)

Directed by Columbia University (USA)

The Patriot (UK)

Directed by National Film and Television School (UK)

Phool Pakhru (India)

Directed by Whistling Woods International (WWI – India)

Everything Will Be OK (Austria)

Directed by Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (UMDK – Austria)

Student Competition (Animated Films Section) at PIFF 2017

Animation films are an integral part of the global film industry. To inspire as well as nurture the animation film makers, PIFF 2017 also conducts the ‘Student Competition Section for Animated films’ competition. This section has 16 films with 1 film – ‘Tumling Street’ made by Saint Xavier’s College, India.

The entire list of films shortlisted for this competition is as follows:

Happy End (Czech Republic)

Directed by Filmová a Televizní Fakulta (FAMU-Czech Republic)

Some Thing (Germany)

Directed by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (FABW-Germany)

Missing Key (France)

Directed by ESMA (France)

Wellington Jr. (France)

Directed by La Femis

Mila Fog (Slovakia)

Directed by Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni (VSMU Slovakia)

The Seaside (UK)

Directed by Northen Film School (NFS/LBU-UK)

The Three Ring Circus (Belgium)

Directed by Koninklijke Academie Voor Schone Kunsten (KASK-Belgium)

Black Sheep (South Africa)

Directed by South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA)

Tumling Street (India)

Directed by St. Xavier’s College

Hum (USA)

Directed by Chapman University

The Case of Nips and Porkington (Canada)

Directed by Sheridan College

Don’t Forget About Mori (Russia)

Directed by St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and Television (SPSIFT -Russia)

Another Everest (USA)

Directed by University of North Carolina School of the Art (UNCSA – USA)

When It rains Outside (Georgia)

Directed by Theatre and Film Georgia State University (TAFU – Georgia)

D 729 (Belgium)

Directed by Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS – Belgium)

Promenade (Italy)

Directed by Milano Civica Scuola di Cinema (MCSC – Italy)


What is the schedule of PIFF 2017?

The schedule of PIFF 2017 can be downloaded from here.

Where can I get tickets offline?

Visit any of the following registration counters:

  1. Inox (Camp)
  2. City Pride (Kothrud)
  3. City Pride (Satara Road)
  4. Mangala (Shivajinagar)
  5. Carnival Cinemas (Chinchwad)

The counters will be open from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

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