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7:38 pm - Saturday November 22, 2014

43rd IFFI begins tomorrow in Goa

The 43rd International Film Festival of India will commence at Goa tomorrow and cinestar Akshay Kumar will be the chief guest for the opening ceremony.

The festival will open with Oscar Award winner Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ while Mira Nair’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ will be the closing movie of the festival, according to an official release.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari will be present on the occasion along with the Minister of Culture for Republic of Poland and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

During the festival, to be held from November 20 to November 30, a selection of hand-picked cinema will be screened in sections like Indian Panorama which includes feature and non-feature cinema selections, Indian retrospectives, homage, their firsts, masterclasses, student films and more.

The ten-day festival will also include special segments such as festival kaleidoscope, cinema of the world, foreign retrospectives, homage, country focus, sketches on screen (Animation & 3D cinema), masterstrokes and documentaries which form a part of International Screening section.

The festival involves a total screening of more than 200 movies over the ten day duration. Celebrating the hundred years of Indian cinema, the 43rd International Film Festival of India will showcase a special section – ‘Centenary Celebrations’- which will screen a selection of the best movies from Indian Cinema’s glorious hundred year history.

The centenary year of Indian Cinema will also be celebrated by bestowing the ‘Centenary Film Award’ to a competition film selected by a special jury panel which deftly showcases the glory of cinema as a medium. Providing an opportunity to cine lovers to experience the best of Indian and world cinema, the marquee event of the Indian cinema industry will pay a special tribute to the completion of a hundred years of Indian cinema. A jury choice of cinema will be cited with a special ‘Centenary Award’ comprising a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh which is to be given to a feature film that reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation.

The recipients of the marquee awards will be announced at the closing ceremony on November 30, which will be attended by the who’s who of the cinematic world and luminaries from the creative fields which include Mira Nair, Kim Ki-duk, Ashok Amritraj, Tabu, Kailash Kher, Saroj Khan. One of the key highlights of this year’s IFFI will be honouring eminent Polish film Director Krzystof Zanussi with the Life Time Achievement Award.
The 43rd International Film Festival of India will also give away popular jury awards which recognise the best of cinematic creativity on display at the festival.
The awards will be given away by a selected panel of jury which will confer awards in the several categories including Best Film (Golden Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh to be shared equally between the Director and Producer), Best Director (Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh.
Other categories in which awards will be conferred are Best Actor (Male) (Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, Best Actor (Female) (Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a Special Jury Award(Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a Lifetime Achievement Award (Given to an individual for his/her outstanding contribution to World Cinema with a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.
A Centenary Award (Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh for a feature film that reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation will also be given away.
Started in 1952, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has evolved into a major forum for Cinema from across the world.
From Satyajit Ray to Akira Kurosawa, from Marcello Mastrioni to Roman Polanski and Gurinder Chadha to Mira Nair, the International Film Festival of India has become a landmark destination for established and young filmmakers and directors from every continent, the release said.

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