IFFI 2019: As the festival completes 50 glorious years, this is what you can expect from the festival

Updated: 20 November, 2019 16:29 IST | ANI | Mumbai

The International Film Festival of India turns 50 this year, and expect it to be a grand affair with the biggest of names expected to grace the occasion

Picture Courtesy: Official Twitter Account IFFI Goa 2019
Picture Courtesy: Official Twitter Account IFFI Goa 2019

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), one of Asia's oldest festivals, is set to stage the grand opening on the golden shores of Goa on Wednesday at Dr. Shyama Prasad Stadium.

It boasts of a star-studded soiree with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth who is also the recipient of the Icon of the Golden Jubilee award at IFFI 2019 and Bend It Like Beckham star Johnathan Reyes Meyers. Bollywood director Karan Johar will host the event.

The event will be graced by various senior dignitaries from the Government of India like Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Amit Khare and Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant.

Sawant, while speaking at the curtain raiser press conference, said that all preparations have been done at the festival venues. While elaborating on the details of this year's edition, he said, "The delegate count is 9300 with a total confirmed 7000 delegates." It is also noted that there has been a 35 percent increase in this year's delegate registration.

Sawant also said that 200 students from the Goa Art College have participated for the first time in the Goa Art Mile, an art installation program. Filmmakers have been given an opportunity to participate in the Mini Movie Mania-Short Film Competition. Winners stand a chance to win 10 awards in the national category, while 20 at the local level. The section has received a total of 462 entries of which 352 are national and 110 at the state level.

Festival Director from the Directorate of Film Festival, Chaitanya Prasad, while briefing the media stated that the way the programming has been done is the result of constant monitoring by the Chief Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Prasad further added, "The kind of programming done is a homogenous balance between the old narrative and the contemporary. There are some engaging Master Classes and In conversations."

About the ease of ticketing, CEO of the Entertainment Society of Goa, Amit Satija, elaborated, "We have a paperless ticketing system for the first time. The details are stored in the delegate card given. If the mobile number or email is updated, the ticket details will be sent via SMS or email. The person has to show the card at the venue and it will read by a barcode reader and given access.

Satija added," The online registration starts 48 hours prior to the screening of the movies, while counters open at 7 am. There will be dedicated counters for the differently-abled, senior citizens. Free transport will be provided for Inox, Porvorim screenings",

IFFI will also honor one of the French cinemas defining faces actress Isabelle Huppert who will be conferred the Lifetime Achievement award at the opening ceremony. She has appeared in more than 120 films and is the most nominated actress for the Cesar Award with 16 nominations.

Along with the official announcements, the 50th edition will enthrall the attendees and countless others with a cultural spectacle, a performance on the thematic of fusion music by noted music singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan and his band, who will bring alive the rhythms of India juxtaposed with international beats.

The opening day will also see the screening of Italian film, Despite the Fog, directed by Goran Paskaljevic.

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First Published: 20 November, 2019 16:16 IST

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