Sunday, November 23, 2008

Indian Panorama at IFFI – 2008 inaugurated

Shri Anand Sharma , Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and External Affairs, inaugurated the Indian Panorama segment in the ongoing international film festival of India 2008 in the presence of Shri Digambar V. Kamat Chief Minister of Goa,. In his remarks, Shri Sharma said that the Indian Panorama is just not about bollywood films but it brings to the fore the quality films produced in different languages and in different socio-cultural settings. Opening this section with the screening of Tripura film ‘Yarwng’ in Kokborok this year is indicative of this fact. The Minister complimented Shri Joseph Pulinthanath and his team for giving this master piece to the Indian cinema.
Infact Fr.Joseph Pulinthanath is from Anikkad near Kottayam and serving the DonBosco Society in Tripura under Gauhati province.He is the Director in charge of cultural activities of the society.Fr K.J Joseph ,Director of the Donbosco Centre has produced this film.He is from K.J Joseph,and leading female actor Ms Meena have also been presented.
Shri Sharma said that Indian Panorama is an important part of IFFI, which brings together film makers and film lovers from different parts of the country. The films in Indian Panorama reflect rich cultural heritage and ethos of India and presents multi-cultural and multi-linguistic facets of Indian society. He appealed to the Indian film fraternity, both engaged in feature and non-feature film making, to ensure that richness of Indian culture is ensured and sustained through their works. While keeping pace with technological advancements they should remain rooted and connected with the richness of Indian tradition, the Minister added.

The Minister appreciated the role of juries for Feature and Non-Feature Sections for the selection of films, which offered a kaleidoscopic view of diverse Indian culture. In all, 47 films will be screened in Indian panorama. Of these, 26 are Feature and 21 Non-Feature Films

The members of feature and non-feature film jury were felicitated on the occasion. Shri K. N. T. Sastry and Shri Anjan Bose, respective chairpersons of feature and non-feature film jury introduced other jury members to the gathering and mentioned that they collectively endeavoured to present a bouquet of good cinema that have come up from different parts of the country which could be presented before the international audience as well as at festivals abroad.

Chief Minister of Goa emphasized that the festival has taken off smoothly and efforts have been made to ensure that the delegates enjoy the feast of cinema from the world, which this festival offers over ten days from now.

The cast and crew of both opening feature and non-feature films were introduced by the respective Directors viz. Shri Joseph Pulinthanath and Shri K. R. Manoj. The non-feature film began with the screening of ‘Memories, Movement and a Machine’, which walks us through the memory lane of 16 MM film days.

Noted Producer & Director, Subash Ghai, actor Randhir Kapoor and actress Tisca Chopra from India and Khatera Yousufi from Afghanistan were among other important film personalities to grace the Inaugural of Indian Panorama.

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