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    Contemporary directors rule the fifth edition of this popular online film festival

    Director Ketan Mehta, a big fan of the French film industry, is one of the jury members of the onlineA� MyFrenchFilmFestival2015, along with directors Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu Dhulia and lyricist Swanand Kirkire. In its fifth edition, the fest will showcase feature and short films, 10 each, on a video-on-demand platform, HalfTicket.tv, for a month, from January 16.A� They are available free to Indian viewers, on connected devices and phones.
    Mostly by new generation filmmakers, the films have been largely selected by director Michel Gondry. a�?Earlier editions of the festival travelled to China and South America, where it was a super hit. Not everyone can access film fests that take place in other countries,a��a�� says organiser and founder of HalfTicket.tv, Jagdish Rajpurohit.
    While popular genres in French cinema include crime thrillers, comedy and romance, this festival has films like Hippocrate, a touching social drama, Plein Soleil,A� a classic crime thriller, Chasse au Godard da��Abbittibbi, a romantic drama, and short film Aissa, about an African immigrant. a�?Wea��re opening the festival with the gripping film Eastern Boys. From the list of short filmsa��Quelqua��un da��extraordinaire is a must watch. So is The Christmas Log,a�? says Rajpurohit. Mehta, who has been influenced by French directors, says, a�?I am a big fan of directors like Claude Chabrol and Jean-Luc Godard. I grew up watching French films and some, between the 50s and 60s, were epic. They are one of the most vibrant film industries.a�?
    From January 16. Details: halfticket.tv/myfffindia/

    Mrinalini Sundar

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