The Bengal Film Journalists' Association
is the oldest Association of Film critics in India
, founded in 1937, by the inspiration and determination of the handful of pioneers amongst the then thin section of scribes that were drawn to film journalism with a lofty mission to serve the developing film journalism and film industry.
Members of the Association are drawn from the film section of the entire Press of West Bengal
composed of dailies, periodicals and film journals in various languages published from Kolkata
. Film correspondents and critics working for any newspaper or periodicals published outside Bengal
having their base in Kolkata were also eligible to be members of this Association.
It is not enough to say that this is the oldest Association of its kind in the country, but also the first to institute awards in an endeavor to promote and encourage the production of better films just a year after its inception when the 1st Motion Picture Congress was held in Faridpur
(now in Bangladesh
) in 1938. Representatives of the association played a vital role in its deliberations. Similarly our Association was fully represented at the Silver Jubilee of the Indian Cinema.
In 1952 when India staged the First International Film Festival, an exhibition on big scale was held in Kolkata Maidan. Exhibition of many antiques on film camera, projector and other accessories, showing the growth of films and development of Indian Film Industry. BFJA had its own stall... Read More