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Udaipur’s film gets nominated at Asia’s Top Film Festival- JIFF

A feature-length documentary film, ‘The 14th February & Beyond‘ directed by Udaipur-based filmmaker Utpal Kalal has been nominated for the 12th Jaipur International Film Festival, one of Asia’s top and world’s reputed film festival.

This is the first time that a director from Udaipur has made it to Jaipur International Film Festival. Utpal Kalal is a filmmaker based out of Udaipur, who has directed several music videos, short documentaries and commercials. ‘The 14th February & Beyond‘ is Utpal’s first feature-length documentary film.

A doctor by profession who went on to pursue his passion for cinema, Utpal Kalal got the inspiration to do this film from his curiosity to understand the hype and negative situation arising on 14th February, popularly known as Valentine’s day. As an adolescent, he never had any pleasant thought about this day in his tender mind.

Utpal’s film talks about the same thought about this day. It brings in front, the bizarre shades of this global lovefest and its negative effects on the society. ‘The 14th February & Beyond’ is trying to explore the ground facts regarding Valentine’s Day while sharing some experts’ views around the topic into the form of a documentary film.

Utpal has made this film with the hope that it ignites a conversation about this issue that has been overlooked so far.


Get ready for ‘Udaipur International Film Festival’

Udaipur, The city of lakes is all set to experience the one of its kind International Film Festival. The Jaipur International Film Festival trust will organize the first Udaipur International Film Festival on 15th and 16th September, 2012.

To develop Rajasthan as a ‘model state’, The Udaipur International Film Festival is about to be launched after successfully completing 4 years of grand success in Jaipur. With the launching of this festival, the localites of Udaipur will not only get benefited with sheer entertainment and purposeful messages but also attain numerous means of employment.  It will revive the art and culture and will also open the new doors of opportunities for the tourism sector.

The city of Udaipur will find a golden opportunity to directly connect with the whole world and the film fraternity.

The festival will showcase 47 films from 21 countries around the globe.

It is worth notable that there will be a special workshop for the youngsters on ‘film script writing’.  A large number of renowned filmmakers from the industry will make a visit to Udaipur from Mumbai to conduct the workshop.

The inauguration ceremony of the festival will be commenced on the 15th of September at 10:00 AM at Darpan Auditorium. The festival will be held at the distinguished venues of the city, Darpan Auditorium – Shilp Gram and Celebration Mall.

There will be a flamboyant cultural concert during the Udaipur International Film Festival.

It is worth mentioning that the Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) is successfully being organized since the last 4 years in Jaipur.  This year i.e. in 2012 the festival screened 178 films (finally selected) received from 70 countries of the world.

Those who are keen to participate in the observance can fulfill the free registration process at Besides, the registration can also be done at the venue.

After Udaipur International Film Festival, ‘Seven Sisters International Film Festival’ in the north-east states and ‘New Delhi International Film Festival’ will be held in Delhi.


 -Press Release –