Asian Critics Week is an annual three days event conference of filmmakers.
In 2019, the ACW will be held at ICCR in Kolkata, from the 6th to 8th July. After the very successful inaugural year, ACW is back with a bang.
Over the three days, screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, practitioners, actors and executives congregate to share ideas, build powerful relationships, hear pitches and get a creative shot in the arm.
The Main Events
During the three days of the festival, there will be structured seminars, lessons and workshops.
You do not need to book a place for any of these sessions, they are all on a first come, first seated basis. We will try and give you advance warning about these sessions so you can get there early if you want to attend.
Between Screening and sessions, there are half-hour breaks, with a seventy-minute break for lunch. Onsite, there is breakfast, lunch and dinner available, plus drinks, tea and coffee. The breaks are a great opportunity to network with delegates and speakers.
Networking dinner (Friday and Saturday of the festival) which most delegates and many speakers will attend. It’s a chance to unwind, consolidate old relationships and create new relationships.
Additionally, on the Thursday night before the official opening of the festival, there is a networking party where you can pick up your pass early.
On the Sunday night of the festival, we will host The Grand Jury Awards.
As a festival participant, you are invited to attend the awards on the Sunday night of the festival.
We will also film most sessions so you don’t miss out. These sessions form an ever-growing library of world-class seminars and workshops that are available to delegates only.
This year we will be looking for reasons behind the following questions.
What do our audiences really want Film Festivals to be?
What do filmmakers really want from Festivals these days?
Very few can be markets or premieres, even publicity machines. How can we deepen the utility of festivals for the creative community?
Festivals deliver intelligent and engaged audiences to the films. Can we deepen the relationship between the fans and the creators?
How do we utilize cinema’s power to activate?
Can we work together so that films gain better momentum festival to festival and unleash the power of the combined festival community in some way?
Are we utilizing the strength of the festivals as an information gathering and dissemination tool as fully as we might?
What information is not being gathered when we collect films and crowds and can we change that?
This is the data age. Are we embracing transparency as fully as we might?
As trusted curators of this colossal heap of cinema culture, how do we really make a difference on a long term basis?
Is a short burst of guidance enough?
Growth requires consistency and do we provide that?
We are the filter, the trusted source. Film festivals are discovery platform for films that might otherwise be ignored. How to carry that over to the online environment?
How do we transform young people into loyal cinema lovers?
We are losing the youth. Can we stem the tide?
Directors’ Fortnight Kolkata is also on a mission to redefine single screen theaters to transform into the moneymaking powerhouse of Artistic value driven films. We understand and resonates with today’s youth, they found watching cinema in theater ‘boring’. We believe every time they visit a theater should inspire them to visit again, in order to keep them engaging the theaters should offer them an ‘experience’ instead of just screening. So this year our festival screening place will become an extraordinary factor for the festival. With the help of Award winning visual artists from India during the month of April we are going to achieve this transformation
Join us for this questions driven festival for more answers.