Wednesday, November 18, 2015

46th IFFI 2015- -Anil Kapoor to be Chief Guest at the Opening Ceremony and A. R. Rahman at Closing of the 46th edition of International Film Festival of India

 Mobile App launched for real time information on the fest-‘Festival theme song’ released for the first time-Indian films to be screened at Azad Maidan for local public.
As IFFI completes 12 years in a row at Goa this year since 2004,it is all set to woo audience with an beguiling array of films and filmmakers.The 11-dayfestival will witness the confluence of cultures, communication and commerce. Ira Joshi, ADG, Press Information Bureau (PIB) in a curtain raiser press conference held at IFFI media centre, Maquinez Palace, Panjim, Goa today, briefed about the media arrangements during festival including opening and closing ceremonies. She also announced new initiatives being undertaken by PIB for a seamless reach out to the film lovers across the globe. 
The highlight of new initiatives will be the Live streaming of press conferences on PIB You Tube and simultaneous Question and Answer (Q&A) sessions on PIB Facebook/PIB Twitter to enlist participation in the press conferances.C Senthil Rajan, the Festival Director informed that the festival will screen 187 films in world cinema section while 47 films will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. The international competition will have 15 films from across the globe. ‘The Clan’ from Argentina will be the Closing Film. This time, the Indian Panorama will open with film Priyamanasam which is the world’s third Sanskrit film. The Kingdon of Spain is the focus country of the IFFI 2015, he added. The festival will also be recognizing budding talents from the world of cinema under its new segment – First Cut , to showcase some of the outstanding works of debutant directors of 2015. The Director also informed that selected Indian films will be screened at Azad Maidan for local people of Goa.Speaking on the occasion, Amey Abhyankar, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) said that the ‘Mobile Talkies’ will roam the countryside of Goa showing films with the aim to connect the festival with the Goan people in the hinterland. Other initiatives include a book store and an art exhibition in the INOX courtyard and ‘Festival Mile’, ‘The Peacock’ publication based on fringe activities happening in and around festival.
 The #IFFI2015 Android Smartphone App designed and maintained by the New Media Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was also launched at the press conference. An extremely user-friendly App, #IFFI2015 hosts multi-faceted features including film trailers, film screening schedules, reminders of favourite movies and interactions with internationally acclaimed filmmakers and celebrities. For the first time, the festival theme song ‘Choi Choi, ami picture choi yaar’ was also released during the conference.

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