Friday, November 6, 2015

46th IFFI-Matthew Brown directed film "The Man Who Knew Infinity", starring British actor with Indian roots Dev Patel, will be the opening film of IFFI 2015

. IFFI platform a Global Brand in the World of Cinema: Arun Jaitley , ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize to be presented at IFFI 2015 to promote ideals of UNESCO -Anil Kapoor to be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony for IFFI 2015,187 films from 89 countries to be showcased at IFFI 2015 in International Section,Indian Panorama Section to screen 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films-Special classes in Film making at IFFI 2015 in collaboration with Oscar Academy
 Arun Jaitley, Minister for  Information and Broadcasting while addressing the curtain raiser press conference said that International Film Festival of India has a special significance and had become a global brand in the world of cinema. It promoted excellence and provided an opportunity to showcase the best domestic and international talent. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister of Goa and Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary I&B were also present at the occasion.Elaborating on the festival profile  Jaitley said the film festival would showcase 187 films from 89 countries in World Cinema section along with 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films in Indian Panorama section.The jury for International Competition included Chairperson Shri Shekhar Kapur along with Mr. Michael Radford, Ms. Julia Jentsch, Ms. Suha Arraf and Mr. Jeon Kyu-Hwan. .  
On the country  focus for the fest Jaitley said that the ‘Kingdom of Spain’ would be the focus country for IFFI 2015.The films of master Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura and Pedro Almadovar along with contemporary filmmakers like Alejandro Amenabar would be screened at the festival. The section would also feature Spanish actress Leticia Dolera’s directorial debut ‘Requirements to Be a Normal Person.’ The IFFI 2015 in the International Competition would include 15 films from across the globe.Jaitley also highlighted the new initiatives of IFFI-2015. He said this year IFFI would feature a special section on ‘World Cinema Restored Classics’ to highlight the idea of film restoration. This would feature a package of classics to put spotlight on National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM). The Minister further said that the film festival would also introduce a new segment- ‘First Cut’ to recognize the young talent in the field of cinema and would screen some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2015. The section would feature emerging filmmakers including Brian Perkins (Film - Golden Kingdom, USA), Michael Klette (Film - Solness, Germany) among others.  The festival in association with the Oscar Academy would also promote skill development in film making through master classes on varied topics like sound designing, film archive and film editing.The Minister added that IFFI 2015 would also include special award - “ICFT- UNESCO Fellini Prize” in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO. The award would be presented to a film which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance, non-violence and friendship promoted by UNESCO.
Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting while giving introductory remarks at the press conference said that this year's festival would also have a special Focus on North East Cinema and showcase the best of films and filmmakers from the region to the world. IFFI 2015 would also organize a special seminar on Film and Cultural diversity. A special series titled ‘In Conversation’ with eminent Indian filmmakers such as Shyam Benegal, Vettrimaran would also be organized to discuss films and the art of filmmaking with the audience.

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