Wanting to establish India as a global hub for content and filmmaking, says Thakur as IFFI comes out – The New Indian Express | Episode Movies

Through Express Message Service

NEW DELHI: The government intends to establish the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as a one-stop destination for content creation, filmmaking and filming, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur said on Sunday.

“We want to establish this (IFFI) as a platform where important filmmakers, directors and artists from the country and the world have the opportunity to present their films. We aim to make India a global hub for content, be it content creation, co-production, filmmaking or filming,” the minister said, speaking to media representatives ahead of the festival’s opening ceremony in Goa.

The I&B Minister declared megastar Chiranjeevi the film personality of the year. Most recently, the Telugu film veteran starred in the blockbuster hit Godfather. Film personalities such as Ajay Devgn, Kartik Aaryan, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Bajpayee, Suniel Shetty, Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan were present at the opening ceremony of the 53rd edition of the nine-day festival. The festival runs until November 28th. The five-day film market aims to showcase South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution for collaborations.

“As we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, our plan is to develop India into the most desirable destination for filmmaking, co-production, post-production and a larger marketplace in the world. India has all the skills and opportunities with educated and skilled workforce. Also, with the way technology is being used in India, we now have the power to make the regional content international,” said Thakur.

For the first time, the Market Area will include pavilions for countries, states and private organizations. States participating in the market include Bihar, Punjab, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Russia and France will also have a strong presence at the Film Bazaar.

Jointly organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), the 53rd IFFI will feature retrospectives on Dadasaheb Phalke Prize winner Asha Parekh and Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, co-author of the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the opening ceremony. Around 280 films from 79 countries will be shown.

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