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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. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



IFFI 52, 014: ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ youngest winner is only 16

IFFI 52, 014: ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ youngest winner is only 16
As the country is celebrating the 75th year of its hard-earned freedom with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Independence Grand Celebration), 75 young aspiring film makers and film artists were been handpicked from across the country, to participate in the 52nd International Film Festival of India 2021.

Under this competition, IFFI 52 provided a platform for tomorrow’s leaders in the film industry, to showcase their talent at a world-renowned international event. The competition was an endeavour to encourage and recognise young creative minds and budding talent in the country.

The 75 youngsters, comprising 7 female and 68 male artistes, all below 35 years of age, were chosen based on their exquisite skills in different fields of film-making, including direction, editing, singing and screenplay, among others. The youngsters were invited as special guests at the 52nd IFFI, providing them a great platform to explore their creativity.

The youngest candidate was just sixteen years old: the 16-year-old Aryan Khan, from Bihar, who has been chosen for his skills in Film Direction. The list of 75 budding artistes included many who have been selected from various small towns and cities of India. They came to IFFI, from 23 States/Union Territories of India, including five from the North Eastern States of Assam and Manipur, and one from Jammu and Kashmir. Here is the break-up: Andhra Pradesh (2), Assam (4), Bihar (4), Chattisgarh (3), Delhi (6), Goa (2), Jammu & Kashmir (1), Gujarat (1), Haryana (1), Himachal Pradesh (2), Jharkhand (1), Karnataka (1), Kerala (8), Madhya Pradesh (4), Maharashtra (14), Manipur (1), Punjab (1), Rajasthan (1), Tamil Nadu (4), Telangana (2), Uttar Pradesh (3), Uttarakhand (3) and West Bengal (6).

The 75 creative minds got to interact with the many renowned film makers and artistes at IFFI. They got a unique opportunity to connect with industry experts, and attend Masterclasses.

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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.

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