Lights, Camera, Olympics! Mumbai And Delhi Are Set To Host ‘Olympics In Reel Life’ Film Festival

by Mallika Khurana
Lights, Camera, Olympics! Mumbai And Delhi Are Set To Host ‘Olympics In Reel Life’ Film Festival

In a groundbreaking cultural event set to captivate Mumbai and New Delhi this October, the “Olympics in Reel Life – A Festival of Films and Photographs” will take centre stage. Presented by the Film Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the Olympic Museum and in partnership with several esteemed organisations, this festival promises to be an unparalleled celebration of sports, film, and art. Get ready to embark on an electrifying journey that fuses the worlds of sports, cinema, and art!

Olympics In Reel Life Festival Hits Mumbai and Delhi


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Imagine a two-week-long extravaganza that immerses you in the dazzling history of the Olympics through the magic of movies and the artistry of photography. It will be like stepping into a time machine that transports you to the heart-pounding moments of the Olympic Games. So, mark your calendars for the first week of October 2023 because the festival will kick off in Mumbai from October 1-7 before heading to New Delhi from October 7-14. Yes, two cities, one grand celebration!

Get ready for a cinematic spectacle like no other with 33 Olympic films and 10 series that will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the history of the Games. As you step into the world of artistry, you will get to explore an international photography project that captures the power of sports in society. It will be a visual treat featuring the works of renowned photographers. You will feel the pride in your bones as iconic photographs showcase India’s sporting legends who have made their mark at the Olympics. These images will inspire and resonate with your spirit.

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A Cinematic Spectacle For Sport Enthusiasts

The NCPA will be hosting the festival in Mumbai, with film screenings at the Little Theatre and Godrej Dance Theatre and an enchanting photo exhibition at the Open Air Plaza. In New Delhi, the IIC will host film screenings at the C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium. Get ready to be mesmerised!

As India gears up to host the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session for the first time since 1983, this festival is a fitting prelude. With support from notable organisations, including BookASmile, Qube Cinema Technologies, and Hyperlink, local schoolchildren will also have a chance to join the festivities. The film program promises a marathon of cinematic gems that span continents and eras. Think classics like “Tokyo Olympiad” and Leni Riefenstahl’s groundbreaking “Olympia.”

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And it’s not just about movies! From captivating series like “Jee Jaan Se: India’s Olympic Hopefuls” to a lighthearted adventure with “Sports Swap India”, you will have the time of your life. You will also get to explore the art of sports photography through workshops led by renowned photographers Lorenzo Vitturi and Dana Lixenberg. It will be a chance to see the world through their lenses. You can also engage with artists and photographers in insightful discussions that offer a deeper understanding of the art and culture surrounding sports.

This festival isn’t just about the Olympics; it’s about the spirit of humanity, excellence, and the power of visual storytelling. 

Where: NCPA, Mumbai
When: October 1 to 7, 2023
Cost: Free entry

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