Auroville Film Festival
Auroville Film Festival
Set in the experimental township of Auroville in Pondicherry, India, is the Auroville Film Festival – an effort to “connect with people and cultures within and beyond Auroville and to further the aspiration of human unity by showcasing films that develop this theme”. Organised by the Auroville’s Multimedia Centre since 2009, the festival is held every two years at the local Town Hall, and features both international films as well as those created in and around Auroville.
By including masterclasses and workshops as part of the programme, the festival hopes to turn film viewing in Auroville, a relatively passive activity, into a creative expression. Screenings are often complemented by interviews with the directors. The festival hosts films in two categories – the international and the Aurovilians category (made by Aurovilians and residents of the bioregion). They are followed by music performances in the evenings. There is no entry fee.
The seventh and most recent edition of the Auroville Film Festival was held online in 2022. It is slated to return to its in-person format in 2024.
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Accomodation and Local Travel
- Stay: Arrange your accommodation in advance as January is a popular time in Auroville for visitors
- Local travel: While the campus itself is relatively small and walkable, one of the most convenient ways to get around Auroville is on a bicycle or two-wheeler.
How To Get There
How to reach Auroville:
- By Air: Chennai International Airport, the nearest airport, is located 135 km away and is well connected with major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad. Taxis can be hired from the airport to reach Puducherry.
- By Train: Villupuram, the nearest railway station, is 35 km away. It is connected to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Madurai and Chennai by regular train services. Taxi services are available from Villupuram to Puducherry.
- By Road: Puducherry is best accessible by road, either by bus or by taxi. Private tourist buses ply from Chennai, Madurai and Bengaluru to Puducherry. Busses also connect Puducherry to Thanjavur, Trichy, Chidamabaram and Coimbatore. There are frequent buses, almost every 15 minutes from Koyembedu in Chennai. Express buses take three-and-half-hours to reach Puducherry.
- Food stalls
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items and Accessories to Carry
1. In January, temperatures usually reach 28°C during the day, with moderate heat and humidity, and fall to 20°C at night. Pack comfortable cotton clothes.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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