KOLKATA (C. M. Paul) – The third edition of Mother Teresa International Film festival, scheduled for 26-29 August is set to travel for the first time… MTIFF2010 unlike previous editions will not end with the four day festival at Nandan, West Bengal Government Cinema Centre in Kolkata. It will travel to about one hundred other cities within India, in a relay fashion right up to December 2010,” says festival director Mr. Sunil Lucas.
Simultaneous MTIFF2010 is being hosted nationally and internationally till the end of the year 2010 with the assistance of SIGNIS (Catholic International media Organisation) members across 15 participating countries and counting.
“MTIFF 2010 is absolutely non-commercial in nature with free entry pass/cards and depends entirely on generous benefactors for all unavoidable expenses like taxes, venue, screenings, publicity, printing and stationary,” adds the Signis-Bengal president, Sunil Lucas. “It is open to the general public.”
To take the concept of a “travelling” film festival even further, MTIFF2010 has gone out on rail – the Indian Railways is adding a dedicated coach to the Mother Teresa Heritage Exhibition train which will be touching places across India, spending days at major stations, for public to visit and watch a selection of the movies from MTIFF2010.
On the occasion of Mother Teresa birth centenary, the Central Railway Minister, Bengal’s own Mamata Banerjee, besides flagging off the heritage train, 26 August Mother Teresa’s birthday, will also re-name Kolkata’s Metro Rail Park Street station as Mother Teresa Station.
In addition, Metro Rail will screen a couple of festival films through its closed circuit television system, across its network of 23 stations, during the MTIFF 2010 Kolkata festival days.
For well wishers and Mother Teresa fans across the world, MTIFF2010 has its own TV station – on the web. Viewers can watch FestTV on www.mti
ff2010.org for videos by SIGNIS Student Video Journalists as well as trailers, interviews and testimonies of common people on Mother Teresa. In addition to two channels, there is even a web channel for live coverage of MTIFF2010 from Nandan cine complex.
MTIFF 2010 has 15 official films from seven countries (Japan, USA, Italy, Spain, Canada, Lebanon and India) with two full length feature films, one short feature film as well as 12 documentary films of various duration. More than half the films will have their premier shows in India.
The first ever MTIFFs was held in Kolkata to mark Mother’s beatification in 2003 and a second MTIFF was held in Berhampore to mark her 10th death anniversary and the installation of her larger than life statue at the Murshidabad district headquarters in Berhampore, 2007.