The latest edition of SiGNS, a digital video and short fiction film festival, will get under way at St Teresa’s College in Kochi on October 21 (Wednesday).

Besides the competition section for documentaries and short films with the winners taking away the prestigious John Abraham National Awards, the fest this year features about 150 films as part of several packages.

Films will be screened at St. Teresa’s and the Children’s Park theatre, across the road.

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There will be ‘Cinema of Resistance’ under which will be screened landmark documentaries about issues relating to freedom and democracy in post-Independence India and ‘Cinema of Performance’ with 14 films on various art forms, traditions and performers . Films by eminent filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Ador Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Buddhadev Dasgupta and Arun Khopkar are part of the package.

Filmmaker, actor and chairman of Asian School of Journalism Sasikumar will inaugurate the festival at 5 p.m. Nangiar Koothu exponent Usha Nangyar will inaugurate the package of the ‘Cinema of Performance’ on October 22 at 11 am. Writer N.S. Madhavan will deliver John Abraham memorial speech on October 24 at 5 p.m. Seminars, debates with film personalities and talks will be held as part of the festival, being organised in collaboration with Kochi Muziris Biennale. SiGNS-2015 has an all-women jury. comprising Deepa Dhanraj, eminent documentary filmmaker based in Bangalore; Gitanjali Rao, animation filmmaker whose film bagged the honours at the Cannes; and Fowsia Fathima, cinematographer.

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