47th IFFI Opens Tomorrow, Will Showcase Films From 90 nations

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47th IFFI Opens Tomorrow, Will Showcase Films From 90 nations
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47th IFFI Opens Tomorrow, Will Showcase Films From 90 nations
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2016-11-19T18:13:03+0530

Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will inaugurate the 47th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here tomorrow in the presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

"Chief-guest for the opening ceremony will be the veteran film maker of "Sholay" fame, Ramesh Sippy. The Guest of Honor will be actor Sushant Singh Rajput, while special guests include, Prosenjeet and Shri Gautam Ghosh, renowned directors," festival director C Senthil Rajan told reporters here.

Polish drama film "Afterimage" (2016) directed by Andrzej Wajda would open the eight-day long festival, where close to 300 films from 90 countries will be screened.

The opening film was screened in the Masters section at the 2016 Toronto International Fil47th IFFI opens tomorrow, will showcase films from 90 nations

Panaji, Nov 19 (PTI) Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy will inaugurate the 47th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here tomorrow in the presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

"Chief-guest for the opening ceremony will be the veteran film maker of "Sholay" fame, Ramesh Sippy. The Guest of Honor will be actor Sushant Singh Rajput, while special guests include, Prosenjeet and Shri Gautam Ghosh, renowned directors," festival director C Senthil Rajan told reporters here.

Polish drama film "Afterimage" (2016) directed by Andrzej Wajda would open the eight-day long festival, where close to 300 films from 90 countries will be screened.

The opening film was screened in the Masters section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and was selected as the Polish entry for the best foreign language film at the 89th Academy Awards.

"This time, the Republic of Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016 and South Korea's Ambassador to India, His Excellency Hyun Cho, will grace the opening ceremony," Rajan said.

Interesting and acclaimed work of contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik will be screened at the festival.

"The Age of Shadows" directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon, will be the closing film for the festival on November 28. The film is also Korea's official entry for the Academy Awards this year.

The lifetime achievement award this year would be given to renowned Korean filmmaker Kwon Taek Im, who is known for his films like "Wife", "The Family Pedigree", among others.

Rajan said IFFI will recognise the young talent under a new competition section - Centenary Award for best debut feature film of a director.

"The section will showcase some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2016 pulled from across the globe," he added.

Total 15 films including two from Indian Panorama section of the festival will compete for coveted awards that would be given on the last day of the festival.

Rajan said acclaimed writer-director Ivan Passer is the chairperson of the international jury.

As a part of 'Clean India' campaign, the festival will showcase a special package of 20 award winning short films basaed on 'Swachh Bharat' theme. MORE PTI RPS NP m Festival and was

selected as the Polish entry for the best foreign language film at the 89th Academy Awards.

"This time, the Republic of Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016 and South Korea's Ambassador to India, His Excellency Hyun Cho, will grace the opening ceremony," Rajan said.

Interesting and acclaimed work of contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik will be screened at the festival.

"The Age of Shadows" directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon, will be the closing film for the festival on November 28. The film is also Korea's official entry for the Academy Awards this year.

The lifetime achievement award this year would be given to renowned Korean filmmaker Kwon Taek Im, who is known for his films like "Wife", "The Family Pedigree", among others.

Rajan said IFFI will recognise the young talent under a new competition section - Centenary Award for best debut feature film of a director.

"The section will showcase some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2016 pulled from across the globe," he added.

Total 15 films including two from Indian Panorama section of the festival will compete for coveted awards that would be given on the last day of the festival.

Rajan said acclaimed writer-director Ivan Passer is the chairperson of the international jury.

As a part of 'Clean India' campaign, the festival will showcase a special package of 20 award winning short films basaed on 'Swachh Bharat' theme.

He said the festival is paying tribute to Wajda and Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami by screening their movies.

"This edition will be a real delight for delegates registered for the event. It is a festival of storytellers and IFFI is celebrating directors this year, he said adding that IFFI, the biggest film festival of India, turns thirteen this year in Goa.

"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," he added.

Centenary Indian Film Personality of the Year-2016, legendary singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, will also be felicitated at the opening ceremony for his "remarkable, extraordinary and exceptional journey in Indian cinema" as a singer.

"He has been one of the most prolific singers of the country with over 40,000 song recordings to his credit," the festival director said.

This festival tries to give the young and aspiring filmmakers a platform, where they get to learn and interact from industry greats.

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 said.

The Indian Panorama section will be inaugurated on November 21.

Second time in a row, the Indian Panorama will open with a Sanskrit film, "Ishti", while non-feature section will open with "Ima Sabitri".

Pluis Fernandez and Prakriti Maduro starrer "Tamara’, directed by Elia K Schneider, will be the mid-fest film.

The festival will conclude with the screening of 'The Age of Shadows' a film by Kim Jee Woon.

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