Goa, November 20: The 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will begin on Sunday today which is going to be the 9 day event. This festival aims to give the young and aspiring filmmakers a platform, where they get to learn and interact from industry greats.
The "Journey of Women in Indian Cinema" will be the theme of opening ceremony of IFFI Goa 2016.
Union Minister for Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the festival in the presence of Bollywood director Ramesh Sippy, at the Dr. Shama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium. Actor and film-maker Ajay Devgan will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony and director S.S. Rajamouli at the closing ceremony.
The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), the Goa government’s entertainment body are the organizers of the event.
"This festival is not merely a platform to screen films, but also to set new trends and introduce new technologies. IFFI 2016 is introducing a new laser-based phosphor wheel projector from Barco Electronics, used for the very first time in any film festival across the globe," Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami said.
IFFI 2016 will have gala screenings, including four world premieres and six international premieres. With 26 Asian premieres and 104 Indian premiers, the 47th IFFI promises to bring the best of cinema from year 2015 and 2016, he added.
To help people tackle with the aftermath of demonetization, IFFI Goa 2016 is also helping to get cash quickly by providing around 20 ATMs in the closest vicinity of the festival.
This year’s festival includes more than 300 films from 90 countries. There would be no Pakistani film screening because the entries did not make the cut, DFF director, Mr. Senthil Kumar said. South Korea is the special focus country this year.
The festival, held annually in Goa since 2004, will open with the screening of Afterimage, written and directed by Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda. The festival will close on November 29 with Age of Shadowsby Kim Jee-woon, a South Korean director.