The film festival will witness around 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian Panorama section.
The International Film Festival of India will kickstart from today in Goa as the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth arrived earlier today to be a part of the red carpet ceremony. The festival is now in its 50th year and will see some of the best films from around the world being showcased here.
It will feature 200 films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section. According to data being reported in the media, close to 10,000 people are expected to attend the highly acclaimed festival. The inaugural ceremony will be hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar.
The film festival will open today with the Italian film ‘Nonostante La Nebbia’ (Despite the Fog), directed by Goran Paskaljevic while ‘Marghe and Her Mother’ directed by Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf will bring the festival to a close on November 28.
IFFI, every year is jointly organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, a Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting agency and the Goa government’s Entertainment Society of Goa.
While the list of awardees has not been disclosed yet, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has already announced a special award titled ‘Icon of Golden Jubilee of IFFI’ which will be conferred upon superstar S Rajinikanth “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema, during the past several decades.”
French actor Isabelle Huppert will also be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the most prestigious award of the festival.
For those attending the festival, there will also be classes by experts from the industry, panel discussions and interactive sessions with celebrities as the platform aims to provide a common ground between different language cinemas to project the excellence of the art of filmmaking.