Panaji, November 7: The 49th International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2018 will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th of this month. The festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflect the diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which three are Indian.
Information and Broadcasting Ministry said the Festival will open with World Premiere of The Aspern Papers with an international star cast. The Aspern Papers tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures.
Malayalam film Olu will be the opening film at the Film Festival. While in the Non-Feature film category Marathi film Kharvas will be the opening film. Dan Wolman from Israel will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival.
The Country of Focus this year is Israel and Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus.
The Festival aims at providing a common platform for filmmakers of the world to project their excellence in film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos, and promoting friendship and co-operation among people of the world.
The efforts of the Government of Goa under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar brought IFFI to Goa from Trivandrum in 2004. Initially, the state had to face a lot of cynicism due to the lack of infrastructure to cater to a festival of this magnitude and the weak film culture that prevailed back then. But, a contrast to people’s doubts, a large number of delegates poured in and made its first edition a success. Sooner, the development of Infrastructures like the new Patto Bridge and INOX multiplex steered a clear path for Goa to continue hosting IFFI as an annual competitive festival.