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Kolkata International Film Festival rescheduled from 8 Jan next year because of Covid-19

 Kolkata, 29 October  : In a major decision the West Bengal government today announced its plan to defer the much awaited annual Kolkata International Film Festival this year for at least two months from November and rescheduled the programme in January 2021.


Announcing  her decision after consulting with all stakeholders including those associated with the film fraternity  in view of the present Covid -19 pandemic and the  apprehension of its renewed surge in the state soon, the Chief minister announced here this afternoon that though the Kolkata International Film Festival were being held in city every year from 5 to 12 November generating huge response and enthusiasm among the city's thousands of film buffs to watch many award winning movies from across the glove apart from  many memorable Indian films of yester-years, this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic and  the possibility of a second surge her government had decided to postpone and defer the great extravaganza  for a couple of months till January next year.


As per the new plan we have decided to reschedule the same festival from 8 to 15 January 2021 (instead of 5 to 12 November 2020) when the danger of Corona virus was expected to be controlled following the discovery of  useful vaccines, the Chief minister said.



 Later informing her decision the CM also tweeted and assured the city's movie lovers of the new dates for the festival. "After receiving global film fraternity's consent, I hereby inform all stakeholders of Kolkata International Film Festival and cine lovers that our festival has been rescheduled, given the current circumstances. It will now be held from Jan 8-15, 2021. Let the preparations begin!"


Since the introduction of  the Kolkata International Film Festival in 1995 and is considered as the third oldest international film festival in India and one of the largest in the world, it is being  organized by the West Bengal Film Centre under full patronage of  the West Bengal Government, particularly that of  Chief minister Mamata Banerjee since she assumed the office in 2011.


Apart from attracting thousands of cine lovers from across the country and abroad, the Kolkata International Film Festival  is also being attended by world renowned film makers and artistes from various countries  who  come here with the bucket of their award winning movies every year..

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