280 films, 79 countries, 9 days, one IFFI, zero excuses!
Posted on: Nov 17, 2022 7:53 pm by PIB Mumbai
#IFFIWood, November 17, 2022
The 53rd edition of IFFI, the International Film Festival of India, will open with a colorful opening ceremony at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium opened in Taleigão, Goa. This edition of the festival presents film delegates with a potpourri of 280 films and invites them to immerse themselves in the lives, aspirations and struggles of peoples from a total of 79 countries. With festival preparations in full swing, Festival Director and General Manager, NFDC Ravinder Bhakar; CEO, ESG Swetika Sachan; Director General, PIB, Monideep Mukerjee; and the Additional Director General, PIB, Pragya Paliwal Gaur, addressed a press conference today at the kick-off – or shall we say kick-off – at the old GMC building in Panaji.
So let’s get to the highlights:
the austrian film Alma and Oscar, directed by Dieter Berner, opens the festival. Red Carpet for the opening film starts at 2pm at INOX-I, Panjim, followed by the screening of the film.
The Polish film Krzysztof Zanussi perfect number is the graduation film. The red carpet for the graduation film begins on the 28th at 2pm at INOX-I, Panjimth November, followed by the screening of the film.
fixationa 2022 film set in Germany, Canada and the United States,by Mercedes Bryce Morgan is the mid-fest film.
25 feature films and 19 non-feature films from India are shown in the Indian Panorama, while 183 films are part of the international programme.
The festival presents a special section for Asha Parekh, the 52ndnd Winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award with the screening of three films viz Teesri Manzil, do Badan and Kati Patang.
To mark the completion of 50 years of Manipuri Cinema, a specially curated package of five feature films and five non-feature films curated by Manipur State Films Film Development Society will be screened as part of Indian Panorama.
As an initiative to promote films from Northeast India, 5 feature films and 5 non-feature films will mark the Golden Jubilee of Manipuri Cinema.
There will be special performances by Pan Nalin Chello Show – The final film showIndia’s Official Entry for the Oscars for Best Foreign Language, and Madhur Bhandarkars Lockdown of India.
Films from the National Film Archives of India are presented by the NFDC in the Indian Restored Classics section. These include Sohrab Modi’s 1957 costume drama Nausherwan-E-Adil, Ramesh Maheshwary’s 1969 national award-winning Punjabi film Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai, K Vishwanath’s 1980 Telugu musical drama Sankarabharnam and two classics by Satyajit Ray, the historical drama Shatranj Ke Khiladi by 1977 and 1989 Social, Ganashatru.
The Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Spanish film director Carlos Saura. His daughter Anna Saura will accept the award on behalf of the eminent filmmaker at the opening ceremony. A retrospective of his work will be shown at the festival.
France is the Spotlight country and 8 films are screened as part of the Country Focus package.
‘Film Bazaar’ features some of the best films and filmmakers in various sections. For the first time, pavilions at IFFI will appear in tandem with major international markets such as the Marche du Cannes. This year there will be a total of 42 pavilions. They house the film offices of the various state governments, the participating states, industry players and the ministry’s media departments. This will also mark the first time that many restored classics will be available in The Viewing Room, where you can buy the rights to these films and use them at film festivals around the world.
The festival director shared that a new book adaptation program called Books to Box Office has been launched as an initiative to bridge the gap between good stories printed in books and good films that can be made through book adaptation. Some of the best publishers are expected to be in attendance to sell the rights to the books, which can be turned into screen content.
As an initiative to reach the people in the villages, caravans are used all over Goa and films are shown.
Open-air beach screening is also to be carried out.
The Homage section includes fifteen Indian and five international films.
Special attractions include Shigmotsav (Spring Festival) on November 26th and the Goa Carnival on November 27th, 2022.
CBC is organizing an exhibition on Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
FTII conducts Smart Phone FilmMaking for people with autism and acting classes for wheelchair users.
There will be several gala premieres of Hindi films with their actors present to support and promote cinema. These include those of Paresh Rawal The StorytellerAjay Devgn and taboos Drishyam 2Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon Bhediya and Yami Gautams Lost. the upcoming telugu movie, RaymoDeepti Naval and Kalki Koechlins goldfish and Randeep Hooda and Ileana D’Cruz’s Tera Kya Hoga Beautiful will also premiere at IFFI along with a sequence of OTT shows like Vadhandhi, khaki and Fauda season 4.
The festival director shared that the second edition of 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow, an initiative of the Ministry of Broadcasting and Information, is another attraction. The number of recognized filmmakers symbolizes 75 years of Indian independence.
The festival director informed the media that 118 international film stars including Krzysztof Zanussi, Lav Diaz, Nadav Lapid, Jinko Gotoh, Maddie Hasson, John Lloyd Cruz, Genesis Rodriguez, Mark Osborne, Jeon Kyu hwan, Daniel Goldhaber and Natalia López Gallardo have confirmed their acceptance have given participation in the festival. He announced that 221 Indian movie stars have signed up. These include Ajay Devgn Suniel Shetty, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon Prabhudeva Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddique, Shekhar Kapoor, Rana Daggubatti Mani Ratnam, AR Rahman, Pankaj Tripathi, Paresh Rawal Akshaye Khanna, Kalki Koechlin, Yami Goutam, Dinesh Vijan Illeana D’cruz R Balki Anupam Kher and Bhushan Kumar.
The opening ceremony will take place on November 20, 2022 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigão, Goa. The red carpet opening ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Opening Ceremony, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The festival director informed that the broadcasting rights for the opening ceremony have been awarded to a media partner and that the video transmission of the opening ceremony, except for the entertainment segment with cultural performances, will be carried out only by the public broadcaster Doordarshan. The videographic reporting of the entertainment area is reserved solely for the media partner; However, select video footage of the ceremony, including the entertainment segment, will be made available to the media on the same day. Still photography is permitted throughout the event. In addition, the media can also report on the procedure on the red carpet.
The closing ceremony will also take place on November 28, 2022 at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigão, Goa. The Gala Red Carpet begins at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Closing Ceremony from 4:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Would you like more details? Keep an eye out for more (and previous) festival communications from PIB – https://pib.gov.in/newsite/iffi53.aspx.
The CEO, ESG Swetika Sachan informed the media that 7 non-fiction films will be presented to the film delegates in the Goa section. The seven films are Ardo Dis, before i sleep The White Shirt, Wind Chimes, The White Dream, GoySwatantryache Homkhan and Nimnya Disak. A jury composed of filmmaker Vinod Ganatra; producer, director and writer Imo Singh; and producer and actor Pampally Sandeep Kumar selected the films from a total of 10 entries.
The CEO also spoke about other festival attractions, you can look at these details here.
ADG, PIB, Pragya Paliwal Gaur briefed the media on the public communication and media facilitation arrangements that the PIB plans to implement. The ADG reports that more than 500 journalists have applied for media accreditation and around 420 applications have been processed. She also said that media delegate card distribution has already started. She said that PIB will issue photos and multimedia press releases/IFFI chronicles in English, Hindi, Urdu and other regional languages of the country on different facets of the festival. PIB organizes media conferences or so-called IFFI Table Talks between filmmakers and film personalities and the media and festival delegates. These sessions will also be streamed live on PIB India’s YouTube channel. PIB also complements these with social media communications to increase public engagement, interest and participation in the festival; for which we also use creative forms of communication such as memes and custom videos. PIB will also launch a festival e-newsletter IFFILOID, an initiative we started with IFFI 52.
Still want to know more about what happened at the curtain flyer press conference? Watch the event here: