IFFI to feature 3D films

Panaji, Nov 13 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) The forthcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 will feature 3D movies, Director Shankar Mohan said, bringing global trends to India while showcasing varieties of domestic cinema.

The festival for the first time has introduced the special section to screen ‘movies backed by animation, 3D and digital technology.’

The IFFI director said 3D movies will exclusively be screened at Kala Academy, a prominent venue at the 10-day long festival. Other movies for the festival will also find a place at Kala Academy’s vast auditorium.

“It would be one of its kind showcasing the changing technological advances in cinema through the 3D technology. The section gels well with the theme ‘The whole world is one family’ aiming to be one stop shop for cultural exchange between Indian filmmakers and other countries,” he told reporters.

Among more than half a dozen animated films chosen for screening, movies titled “The Flying Machine”, “The Cave of Forgotten Dreams”, “Pina” and “Fat Short Bald Man” will enthrall the audiences.

Mohan said eminent celebrities from the animated fraternity will hold conferences during the festival.

“The exchange of ideas between Indian and international animators will facilitate good projects in near future,” he added.

The 42nd edition of the festival scheduled to begin on November 23 will also host a separate sections called ‘Country Focus” showcasing films made in United States of America (USA) and ‘Classic Section’ on Russian films.

The festival has interestingly also enhanced the prize money for film awards to rupees one crore collectively.

Public screening of movies would also resume this year at Campal football stadium.

“The films based on football will be screened as football is the favourite game of the Goans,” Mohan explained.

The daily screening will be held from 8pm to 10pm on a giant screen. The special segment ‘Soccer in Cinema’ will feature films such as ‘A Barefoot Dream’ (South Korea) directed by Kim Tae-gyun and Mario Filho, ‘Creators of Crowd’ (Brazil) directed by Oscar Maron Filho, ‘Foot of God’ (Italy) directed by Louis Sardiello, ‘Argentina Futbol Club’ (Argentina – USA) directed by Juan Pablo Rubio,  ‘The Best Women in the World’ (Germany) directed by Britta Becker, ‘More Than Just a Game’ (South Africa) directed by Junaid Ahmed and ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’ (France) directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parrenodsax.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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