#IFFI2019 all set for IFFI 50 & also IFFIGoa 15

Rucha Prabhudesai | 19 November 2019 22:08 IST

With IFFI turning 50, looks like it is getting into professional mode rather than sulking into bureaucratic tangles. Much before the curtains could open, the stage is all set with decors, delegate literature and even the screening schedule much in advance.

With a hope that the Golden Jubilee event of International Film Festival of India that started 67 years ago in 1952 will now become a festival of artists, Big B Amitabh Bachchan will open it in the presence of Icon of Golden Jubilee Rajanikanth.

Information & Broadcastiknng   Prakash Javadekar, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Amit Khare and Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant will also grace the occasion.

IFFI would however feel the absence of Goa’s dynamic former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who passed away due to cancer this year. He had taken initiative in getting IFFI to Goa in 2004 and making Goa its permanent centre.

Incidentally, besides IFFI 50 for India, it is also IFFI 15 for Goa.

Speaking at the curtain raiser press conference, Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant informed that the delegate count is 9300 with a total confirmed 7000 delegates.”  It’s a 35 % increase in this year’s delegate registration.

Dr. Sawant also said that 200 students from the Goa Art College have participated for the first time in the Goa Art Mile, an art installation program.

Filmmakers have been given an opportunity to participate in the Mini Movie Mania-Short Film Competition. Winners stand a chance to win 10 awards in the national category, while 20 at the local level. The section has received a total of 462 entries of which 352 are national and 110 at state level.

“The kind of programming done is a homogenous balance between the old narrative and the contemporary. There are some engaging Master Classes and In-conversations”,  said Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad.

  

IFFI 50 will also have a paperless ticketing system for the first time. The details are stored in the delegate card given. If the mobile number or email is updated, the ticket details will be sent via SMS or email. The person has to show the card at venue and it will read by a barcode reader and given access.

The online registration starts 48 hours prior to the screening of the movies, while counters open at 7 am. There will be dedicated counters for the differently abled, senior citizens. Free transport will be provided for Inox as well as Porvorim screenings.



IFFI will also honour one of French cinema's defining faces actress Isabelle Huppert with a  Lifetime Achievement award at the opening ceremony. She has appeared in more than 120 films and is the most nominated actress for the César Award with 16 nominations.

Along with the official announcements, the 50th edition will enthrall the attendees and countless others with a cultural spectacle, a performance on the thematic of fusion music by noted music singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan and his band, who will bring alive the rhythms of India juxtaposed with international beats.

The opening day will also see the screening of Italian Film ‘Despite the Fog’ directed by Goran Paskaljevic.

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