The melange of global cinema
Film Festival of India (IFFI) recently announced a stellar lineup of International competition, Indian panorama films and juries for its 46th edition.
It will be held in Goa from November 20 to 30. The film festival will showcase 187 films from 89 countries in world cinema section along with 26 feature and 21 non-feature films in Indian panorama section.
Arun Jaitley, Minister, I&B, Finance & Corporate Affairs said, “The Kingdom of Spain is the focus country of IFFI this year.The films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar will be screened at the festival.”
He added, “The section will also feature Spanish actor Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut Requirements to Be a Normal Person. The Man Who Knew Infinity, written and directed by Matthew Brown, would be the opening film of IFFI. Anil Kapoor will be the Chief guest at the opening ceremony. The jury for the International competition includes chairperson Shekhar Kapur along with Michael Radford, Julia Jentsch, Suha Arraf and Jeon Kyu-Hwan.”
In another pioneering step, IFFI in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO will be presenting the ‘ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize’ to a film which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance, non-violence and friendship promoted by the UNESCO.
The section focus on North-East cinema has emerged as a great platform to showcase the best of films and filmmakers from the region to the world.
This year, the section will have a special retrospective on Aribam Syam Sharma, the eminent filmmaker, actor and music composer from Manipur along with a unique segment featuring next generation filmmakers from North East.
Commencing a special feature this year, the festival in association with the Oscar Academy will organise master classes with eminent Academy members Mark Mangini, Milt Shefter and Humphrey Dixon on varied topics like sound designing, film archive and film editing.
Concluding the conference, Arun Jaitley said, “The International Film Festival of India has become a common platform to celebrate the excellence of filmmaking and appreciate the film cultures of different nations. Today, the festival has grown as one of the biggest film festivals in Asia and with each edition; it is creating new benchmarks of success all over the world.”
“The festival has gained huge popularity amongst the global cinema lovers and the world is eagerly waiting for the IFFI 2015,” he added.