On February 15 and 16, 2019 actors will descend in Mumbai for ActFest, the world’s first festival exclusively dedicated to Actors organised by Cintaa (Cine and TV Artistes’ Association). The festival is an action-packed knowledge series and features some of India most eminent and popular artistes participating in discussions, conducting workshops or giving lectures on various aspects of the art. ActFest is open to everyone and one can register on www.actfest.in. Star TV is the Presenting Sponsor of ActFest 2019, and the event is conceived and designed by The 48 Hour Film Project, India. It will be held at multiple venues of Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal, Vile Parle (Mithibai & NM College campuses).
A grand opening will be held on Friday February 15 at 2:15 pm at the prestigious Mukesh Patel auditorium, Vile Parle. Renowned Indian director and actor Vijaya Mehta is the Chief Guest of the Opening Ceremony, while one of Bollywood’s newest stars Sara Ali Khan is the Guest of Honour. Bollywood’s latest sensation Vicky Kaushal will be the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony on Sat. Feb 16, also at the Mukesh Patel auditorium. The rich experience of Vijaya Mehta, with inspiring talks by the young and talented Vicky and Sara and will inspire actors to keep seeking and enhancing their knowledge and never stop learning.
ActFest is conceived as a knowledge series for aspiring and professional actors to engage, share, discuss and enhance their skills and knowledge. The past glories, current trends and future prospects of the profession, will be discussed through panel discussions, lectures and Q&As. Workshops teaching the skills useful to actors are planned with the industry leaders.
Some of the renowned actors associated with ActFest are Amit Sadh, Amole Gupte, Archana Puran Singh, Ashish Vidyarthi, Dilip Joshi, Kritika Kamra, Kubbra Sait, Gajraj Rao, Manoj Bajpayee, Manoj Joshi, Neena Gupta, Nakuul Mehta, Parmeet Sethi, Rajit Kapoor, Rasika Duggal, Raveen Tandon, Ravi Kishan, Richa Chaddha, Shreyas Talpade, Sumeet Vyas, Swara Bhaskar, and Renuka Shahane, among others.
Speaking about ActFest and the tremendous support received from all quarters, Hon. Gen. Secy. Cintaa, Sushant Singh says, “We are very happy & grateful to Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal, two talented performers from today’s generation, who are gracing ActFest with their presence. It means a lot to all of us in the field of performing arts, their support to the ActFest is also a big morale booster to their association ie CINTAA.”
ActFest 2019 features the following hands-on workshops:
Art of Acting by Rajit Kapur , Dance by Ahmed Khan and Paulson, Make-up and hair by Bharat and Doris, Movement for actors by Deepal Doshi, Improv Comedy by Improv Comedy Mumbai
Regional language acting finds a special mention at ActFest as actors Manoj Joshi, Ravi Kishen, Divya Dutta and Sudhanshu Pandey, discuss the topic, moderated by Renuka Shahane.
The panel discussions will highlight the contribution of actors in moulding public opinion, and also the newer trends in entertainment like digital content and the changing face of comedy. Film critics and actors discuss whether it’s possible to find inspiration in criticism, while Rubaroo, a series of tete-a-tete talks with actors Neena Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee and Ronit Roy will trace their interesting journeys into acting.
The event has been curated and created by Cintaa, jointly with the 48 Hour Film Project, an internationally renowned short film platform 140 cities worldwide. Speaking about the event, Amit Behl, Hon. Senior Joint Secy., Cintaa says, “We planned ActFest to celebrate the Actor, their art, journeys, highs and lows, and to let the world know of Cintaa’s zeal and commitment to uplifting the levels of the Indian performer.”
“Never before have some many respected actors come together to talk about their art and craft; it’s always been about the film, never the face of the film,” says Yogi Chopra, India Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project,” says Yogi Chopra, India Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project.
At ActFest, Cintaa, India’s largest and oldest association working for the welfare of actors, will honour those actors whose contribution to Indian performing arts has gone hitherto unrecognised. It will present the Cintaa Hall of Fame Awards to these veteran actors who have entertained generations of film, theatre and TV lovers. The awardees are:
Highlights of ActFest 2019
30+ workshops, lectures, sessions and panel discussions
50+ celebrities, artistes over 2 days
Cintaa Hall of Fame Awards for 15 veteran actors
Over 1000 attendees expected
Vijaya Mehta, Sara Ali Khan to grace the Opening Ceremony
Vicky Kaushal to be present for the Closing Ceremony
Johnny Lever and his daughter Jamie to perform for the first time together on stage for the Opening Act on Fri Feb 15 at 2:15 pm