47th IFFI 2016 -‘After Image’ of late Andrzej Wajda will open the festival, ‘Tamara’, directed by Elia K Schneider being the mid-fest film and ‘The Age of Shadows’, a film by Kim Jee Woon will conclude the event.
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Centenary Indian Film personality-2016 award to singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Korean Film Maker im Kwon Taek to Get Lifetime Achievement Award
IFFI, the biggest Film Festival of India, turns thirteen this year in Goa. This festival introduces new technologies viz a new laser based phosphor wheel projector from Barco Electronics, used for the very first time in any film festival across the globe.The IFFI this year, will be screening around 300 films from nearly 90 countries.Chief-guest for the opening ceremony will be the Ramesh Sippy, the Guest of Honor will be Actor Sushant Singh Rajpoot, while special guests include, Prosenjeet and Gautam Ghosh, renowned directors.The gala opening ceremony for the fest will celebrate the journey and contribution of women in Indian Cinema and themed as ‘Ode to a Woman’, choreographed by the master choreographer, Ganesh Acharya.IFFI 2016 will also have a special screening package of the award winning films from the first ever BRICS Film festival, held in Delhi recently.For the general public, two events have been planned located in the area between Kala Academy and the Children’s Park. Named as ‘Goa High Street’, the event will showcase Goan culture, cuisine, merchandizing and music. At the other event named ‘Children Film Village’, films for youngsters will be screened. Furthermore, as a showstopper, IFFI is introducing ‘Projection Mapping’, a visual delight at the old GMC Building, Goa, every evening. This will entertain the visitors and passer-by to the area with a visual treat.
Korean filmmaker Im Kwon Taek being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Opening Ceremony on the 20th November .Centenary Indian Film Personality of the Year-2016, Padma Bhushan S. P. Balasubrahmaniam will also be felicitated at the opening ceremony for his remarkable, extraordinary and exceptional journey in Indian cinema as a singer, actor and producer. . IFFI 2016 will have gala screenings, including 4 World Premieres and 6 International Premieres. With 26 Asian premieres and 104 Indian premiers the 47th IFFI promises to bring the best of cinema from year 2015 and 2016.
The festival will open with a gala opening ceremony, followed by the opening film, ‘After Image’, the last masterpiece by the legendary Polish writer and director, late Andrzej Wajda.
The Indian Panorama section will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, M. Venkaiah Naidu on the 21st of November at INOX-II. Second time in a row, the Indian Panorama will open with a Sanskrit film, ‘Ishti', while non- feature section will open with the film, ‘Ima Sabitri’.Pluis Fernandez and Prakriti Maduro starrer, ‘Tamara’, directed by Elia K Schneider, will be the mid-fest film. This 9-day film fest will conclude with the screening of ‘The Age of Shadows’, a film by Kim Jee Woon
The Republic of Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016 and South Korea’s Ambassador to India His Excellency Hyun Cho will grace the opening ceremony. Interesting and acclaimed work of contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik will be screened at the festival.IFFI 2016 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO will also present the ‘ICFT- UNESCO Gandhi Medal’ to a film, which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence.The special tribute section of IFFI 2016 honours Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, both passed away early this year.
IFFI for the first time will screen films for specially-abled children with special audio described technology under the Accessible India Campaign/ Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan and a special package of 20 award winning short films based on the Swachh Bharat theme.
These details were divulged in a curtain raiser press conference addressed by Director International Film Festival of India (IFFI), C. Senthil Rajan, , Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa Rajendra Talak, and CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa, Ameya Abhyankar, , in Goa, today.