41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010: 300 films from 65 countries

Panaji, Nov 21 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) A total of 300 films from 65 countries will be shown across 11 auditoriums in two cities – Panaji and Margao – in Goa for the forthcoming 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010 slated to begin on Monday.

[ReviewAZON display=”searchquery” query=”bollywood” count=”5″ category=”All” page=”1″ sort=”default”]Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the 10-day festival in the presence of veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra as the chief guest, Ajay Devgan as the guest of honour, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and others.

Addressing a press conference Sunday evening, Kamat said that Aftab Shivdasani and actress Gracy Singh will compere the show.

“Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni will not be able to make it for the event, as she is unwell,” he informed reporters.

This year onwards, films from across the globe will compete for the coveted awards that comprises a total Rs 90 lakhs (200,000 US$). The expansion, Festival director S M Khan said, was because it was felt that very important films are being produced in America and Europe and they required to be brought in the competition section.

“The scope for competition section was widened after experts’ committee led by Kamal Hassan suggested the changes.  We have received good response from the European filmmakers,” he stated.

The International competition will have 18 films including three Indian films, which will be judged by five member jury led by Polish filmmaker Jerzy Antczak.

Other jury members include Emmy award winning Canadian filmmaker Sturla Gunnars, Australian legendary actor Mick Molloy and French filmmaker Oliver Pere and South Indian film actress Revathy Menon.

The Indian Panorama will present a bunch of 26 feature and 21 non-feature films from filmmakers from across the country. India’s premier film school, Film and Television Institute of India, celebrates its Golden Jubilee with the screening of 5 non-feature films.

‘Masterstrokes’ will salute cinematographer V K Murthy and versatile producer D Ramanaidu – the two recent recipients of Indian Cinema’s highest honours, Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

Two films, each associated with them are lined up for screening. IFFI will also pay homage to those who lived a full cinema life by offering screenings in memory of those film personalities who are no more.

The names include Bina Rai, Pamela Rooks, Sujit Kumar, Keshu Ramsay, Debu Deodhar, Pankaj Advani, Nirmal Pandey, Tahir Hussain, Vishnuvardhan and Ravi Baswani.

Centenaries of five unforgettable cinema talents – Ashok Kumar, B R Panthulu, Motilal, Nadia and Raja Paranjpe – will also be observed by screening their films.

A new section ‘Academy Interest’ has been introduced from 2010. Khan said that a special screening of India’s official entry to 2010 Oscar ‘Peepli Live’ will be held to enable a unique international platform to position an Indian film in the run-up to the Academy awards.

Achtung Baby (Beware), a documentary film in English that narrates of how even after six decades after Nazi Germany surrendered  a minority continues to be obsessed with racial purity will also be screened.

‘Going The Distance’, a digital film in Nagamese that revolves round the physical, emotional and spiritual journey of a lady living with HIV/AIDS will be screened along with other issue based movies.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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