The International film festival of India (IFFI) in Goa has always been an attraction to the film lovers from all parts of the world. Goa experiences 10 days of the complete crowd at the time of IFFI which takes all, in the world of movies one after the other without a break. There is news for all the IFFI lovers, that the 47th edition of the International film festival of India (Iffi) has been reduced to a nine-day film festival. The festival which used to be held traditionally from November 20 till 30 will be held from November 20 till 28 this year. Let’s read if the reduction in the number of days will also affect the number of movies screened in the festival. Here is the report.
Director of film festivals C Senthil Rajan said the decision was taken to make sure that the festival is briefer and keeps the film lovers attached to it by showcasing the best of films from around the world. This absolutely doesn’t mean that the number of films at the festival will be reduced this year, he said. As told by Rajan to TOI “Last year, we received more than 700 film entries and we expect the number to go up this year. We’re not restricting the number of film entries at all. The competition section will continue to have 15 films.”
A new award has been added this year, the centenary award for best debut director of a feature film, will be introduced in addition to the regular golden peacock award, silver peacock awards, special mention, centenary award for the Indian film personality of the year and the IFFI lifetime achievement award.
This year’s IFFI will also see additional these based segment newly introduced with the regular categories of the film. Rajan stated that the work on programming of the festival is going on along with special focus on selecting only the best quality films. It will be noted that only deserving films will receive repeat screenings while doing the schedule.
The official poster of IFFI 2016 was unveiled last week, by Rajyavardhan Rathore , minister of state for information and broadcasting at the Cannes film festival.
The film entries are open and the last date for receiving entries is August 31. IFFI has always been the largest film festival in Asia showcasing the best world cinema.