With an aim to become an internationally-recognized festival that provides a space for film makers to believe in their content without worrying about the commercial exploits, the Karnavati International Film Festival (An offset of Lake City International Film Festival) remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe. Through its programs, the festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film makers from across India as well around the globe, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
Promoted and organized by Eon Films, Qrius Films, Films & TV World and FilmCafe and with the support of various Film Forums, the festival will feature a sizeable number of films from more than 15 countries. The momentum has caught on and film makers have already started making plans to be there at the festival and make it a grand success. The KAIFF strives to:
- Grow a movement to exhibit and expand the art form of filmmaking
- Find and acknowledge innovative storytelling
- Give short film an identity differentiating it from classical big screen and modern transmedia platforms
- Cultivate the careers of film directors, producers and screenwriters working in the short indie film sector
- Increase diversity and collaboration in film productions
- Create local projections and installations that feature international content
- Continually build audience for feature films, short films, PSA films and documentaries
- Expand awareness to local film happenings
- Connect local filmmakers and industry professionals
- Identify Gujarat and especially Ahmedabad as an epicenter for contemporary storytelling and film making as it has a rich cultural heritage with innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, mosques, and wells, etc.
In the process, KAIFF hopes to be a dedicated contributor to the cultural arts, economy and education, through a highly effective strategic partnership model. KAIFF will be introducing unique programs not only during its 2-day period, but will also have year-round programming through fellowships and workshops to keep the spirit of film making alive. Breaking free from stereotypes and bringing it into theaters, classrooms, businesses, and even organizations throughout the state.
About World Heritage City - Ahmedabad
India's first World Heritage City, Karnavati the ancient name of the city of Ahmedabad is one of the ancient centres of trade, bearing architectural testimonies to the Hindu-Muslim cultural fusion. Dotted with historical monuments, the walled city bears testimony to the prowess of Hindu, Muslim and Jain craftsmen. On one hand, the city houses the 15th century Bhadra Fort, on the other is the Jhulta Minar or swaying minaret and the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, one of the finest specimens of Indo-Saracenic style. Witness to several historical and traditional benchmarks, what makes the city unique is its awesome mix of traditional wooden construction with the modern and trendy rubbing shoulders with dynamic street markets and adjoining historical buildings. Among the other top tourist attractions are Teen Darwaza, one of the oldest gateways of the city, Jama Masjid and Qutub Shah's mosque. The city is also home to a number of colonial architectures, including the structure of Ellisbridge and Mangaldas Girdhardas Town Hall.
Ahmedabad is Well Connected
Ahmedabad is well connected by air with national and international flights. The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) Terminal 2 is just 15 km from the city-centre. There is international direct flight to New York / New Jersey via Mumbai served by Air India. Non-stop connections are available for Muscat, Kuwait, Dubai, Doha (Qatar), Sharjah and Singapore.
Ahmedabad is well-connected domestically via daily flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Chennai, Bangalore, Goa, Kolkata, Jaipur, Pune, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Nagpur with connections to several other Indian cities and towns including Kandla and Surat.
By train, Ahmedabad Railway Station is one of the busiest in India and is connected with Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Delhi with several trains in a day. It is also well connected to several other major cities including Bikaner, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Indore, Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Nagpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Chennai, Trivandrum, Bengaluru, and Coimbatore. Direct trains are also available for Jammu, Patna, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Kolhapur, Goa, Mangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad, etc.