The Second Caleidoscope Film Festival, organized by Calcutta Club USA, held on September 10th and 11th in Cambridge, MA and Nashua, NH was a watershed moment for the Bengali Film Industry. Hundreds of film enthusiasts flocked to this two day cine celebration, screening 6 contemporary, critically acclaimed Bengali films and 2 short films. Major awards (trophy plus cash prize) were given for multiple catgories by an experienced jury panel. The Calcutta Club USA will continue to screen novel films in different regions of North America - Please stay tuned to this page and join the Facebook Group Bengali Movie Buffs for latest updates.
All Trophies were sponsored by Urban Public Companies
- Best Feature Film : TeenKahon $500. Sponsored by The Boston Group
- Best Director : Baudhhyan Mukherji for TeenKahon $250. Sponsored by The Boston Group
- Best Short Film : Elixir by Anirban Guha $125. Sponsored by Dr Gouri Datta
- Best Actor : Ashish Vidyarthi in TeeKahon $125. Sponsored by The Boston Group
- Best Actress : Mahima Chaudhury in Dark Chocolate $125. Sponsored by The Boston Group
- Commissioner Von McLeod Award for Technical Excellence : Hemanta $250. Sponsored by City Of Nashua
- Best Performance in Negative Role : Saswata Chatterjee in Hemanta $125. Sponsored by Aalok Fashions
- Audience Choice : Maya Mridanga by Raja Sen $125. Sponsored by Apple Cinemas, Cambridge
We sincerely thank all our sponsors, venue partners, participating directors and producers, media, Calcutta Club members, judges, NH state officials and above all, the enthusiastic attendees, without whose support, Caleidoscope 2016, the largest Bengali film festival in USA, would not have been possible.
|SAT, SEP 10 :: APPLE CINEMAS, CAMBRIDGE, MA
||SUN, SEP 11 :: CHUNKYS, NASHUA, NH|
TEENKAHON(2015) 12:15 PM
Dir: Bauddhayan Mukherji.
Cast: Dhritiman, Rituparna, Suman Mukhopadhyay et al.
D-MAJOR(pre-release) 12 PM
Dir: Samik Roy Choudhury
Cast: Moulika Shajwal, Poulomi Das, Kaustabh Bhowmik etc.
SHORT FILM: IN A FREE STATE (2016) (29min)
Dir: Lubdhak Chatterjee
Free for D-Major ticket holders
MAYA MRIDANGA(2016) 3 PM
Dir: Raja Sen
Cast: Paoli Dam, Rituparna, Debshankar Halder<
SHORT FILM: ELIXIR (2016) 8:30 PM (35min)
Dir: Anirban Guha
Free for Maya Mridanga Dark Chocolate ticket holders
HEMANTA(just released) 3 PM
Dir: Anjan Dutt
Cast: Parambrata, Jisshu, Saswata, Gargee
Distributor: Soumitra De (attending fest)
DARK CHOCOLATE(releasing Sep 2) 6 PM
Dir: Agnidev Chatterjee
Cast: Mahima Chaudhry, Riya Sen, Mumtaz Sorcar
Dir: Subhrajit Mitra
Cast: Barun Chanda, June Malia, Tonusree, Shataf Figar, Sayani Datta
Film Fest Award Ceremony
Monthly Screening Of Bengali Films: Prior Movie
Movie: Family Album
Director: Mainak Bhaumik
Produced By: Friends Communication
Cast: Paoli Dam, Swastika Mukherjee, Riya Sen
|17th July, 2016|
Movie: Peace Haven
Director: Suman Ghosh
Produced By: Randomwalks Film
Cast: Paran Banerjee, Soumitra Chatterjee, Arun Mukherjee
|12th June, 2016|
Movie: Rupkatha Noy
Director: Atanu Ghosh
Produced By: Friends Communication
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Koushik Sen, Rahul Banerjee
|14th & 15th May, 2016|
Movies From Caleidoscope 2015
From the pre-dawn of the Indian celluloid industry where a certain Professor Stevenson’s film in 1897 included scenes from a stage show in Calcutta’s Star Theatre to the founding of the first chain of Indian cinema theatres by the Elphinstone Bioscope Company in early twentieth century, Bengal had played a pivotal role in shaping the thinking of major filmmakers across the sub-continent. The rich literature, creative culture and renegade spirit of the land allowed expression of uniquely bold cinematic stances not easily accepted elsewhere. While national storyboards were created around popular Bengali novels, many directors chose Calcutta as their locale. The supreme charm of the early capital city as depicted in the movies of the maestros had drawn the hearts of millions of cinemagoers over the past 100 years. Caleidoscope takes us on a novel historic journey of Cinematic Celebration showcasing multilingual, landmark films linked to the city of Calcutta and undivided Bengal of the yester years. This unprecedented project is based on significant research by the members of Calcutta Club USA, the same team that organized the first Calcutta Book Fair in Boston earlier this year.
Caleidoscope 2015 took us on a novel historic journey of Cinematic Celebration showcasing multilingual, landmark films linked to the city of Calcutta and undivided Bengal of the yester years. This unprecedented project was based on significant research by the members of Calcutta Club USA, the same team that organized the first Calcutta Book Fair in Boston earlier during 2015.Caledioscope 2015 was a themed, multilingual Indian Cine Fest with 5 Landmark Movies.