Puducherry can build its identity as a destination where artistic cultural heritage is preserved, said Indianostrum Theatre founder Koumarane Valavane, at a press meet on Saturday to announce the date of Kameleon International Film Festival 2015, Puducherry, and release its logo. The festival will begin from December 4 to 6 this year.

The Tourism Minister of Puducherry, Mr. P Rajavelu said that the film festival is back after a long gap and the 3rd edition is dedicated to Independent film makers. The festival is being organized by the Puducherry Tourism Department along with Alliance Francaise. French Consul General Philippe Janvier-Kamiyama appreciated the work of Mr. Valavane and Mr. Litvine, and said it was a beautiful collaboration between all institutes, and that it was important to promote French and Indian films.

The festival will have screenings at Alliance Francaise Auditorium, Maison Colombani, Gandhi Thidal and Indianostrum theatre. A ‘Made in Pondicherry’ section exhibiting films made here which reflect the essence of this town. Tourism Secretary Mihir Vardhan said the government was keen on attracting cinema tourism to Puducherry.

Festival Director Mr. Valavane and his team have invited filmmakers to submit their short films by October 10. There are also cash awards for filmmakers in the competition section of the festival.

Further details on the festival is available on their Facebook page at facebook.com/kameleonpondy, and information on entries is available at indianostrum.org/theatre