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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



The Mensile and Biennale International Film Festival of Bengal

The Mensile and Biennale International Film Festival of Bengal

International Film Festival of Bengal, also known as Bengal Mensile (meaning monthly) has just been launched. The film festival aims to create a platform for independent Cinema in Bengal, to be showcased along with global cinema. Beside this, Bengal Mensile also provides a Film Market for buyers, distributors, exhibitors, etc.

IFFB has just begun, as an online monthly event, and the annual event will be a physical one, to be held in Kolkata, known as Bengal Biennale. The festival is an initiative by Roll, Camera, Action.

Aneek Chaudhuri, maker of the film White and festival executive committee member, said “We at IFFB are aiming to create a sustainable environment for Cinema. We will be creating a circle of Cinema, where we will guide fellow film-makers with making a film, and also exhibiting it, with further plans for distribution.”

International Film Festival of Bengal will be holding International and National sections for both, fiction and non-fiction films of any duration. Beside this, IFFB is not only a festival restricted to the city of Kolkata, the whole Bengal will be a part of it.


The Jury of the festival comprises Uma Da Cunha (Chief Jury Person), Giridhar Jha (Indian film critic and journalist), Iris Zaki (Israeli film-maker), Nikos Labot (Greek film-maker), Luna Kwok (Chinese actor) and Aneek Chaudhuri.

Details are available on the Roll, Camera, Action website:

Submissions have already started through FILMFREEWAY:



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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

Bandra West, Mumbai


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