Friday, November 22, 2019

50th IFFI 2019 -Open Forum inaugurated at IFFI venue.

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The Open Forum session was inaugurated by Chaitanya Prasad, Festival Director.  Kiran Shantaram, President, Federation of Film Societies of India, AK Bir, Filmmaker and Chairman of Technical Committee, Alexey Govorukhin, Executive Producer, Kinoreporter Magazine, Russia and Marianne Borgo, actress from France graced the occasion..Image result for OPEN FORUM 50TH IFFI 2019 INAUGURATED
In his opening remarks Prakash Reddy, Convener of the Open Forum, spoke about the history of the Federation over the years. He said that Open Forum was started as an ‘experiment’ in 1988 and it has been a regular event since then. “It is a common ground for filmmakers to interact with fellow film makers, researchers and encourages writers to release their books,” he said.Shantaram in his opening remarks expressed that the Open Forum is a platform to create new audience. He also requested the DFF to extend the number of days of the Open Forum to seven instead of three.
Festival Director, Chaitanya Prasad appreciated the work done by the Open Forum and said “It floats new ideas, new concepts for cinema to move ahead. It’s a forum that has a tradition and legacy for itself. It is one of the leading lights as far as IFFI is concerned.” he added.
Alexey thanked the Government of India and the DFF for the opportunity to showcase films from Russia. Highlighting the co-production in place between Russia and India. “The Government will offer 40 percent rebate for films shot there,” he mentioned. Adding further information about the Russian industry he stated that there are 15 Film Commissions that can assist in finding partners, help foreign film makers to make films in Russia. The country makes 150 big screen movies a year. On the special effects used in Abigail, one of the movies in the Russian Focus this year, he said the country was well-equipped to produce CGI films and has all the facilities for film making. They are also trying to involve foreign talents in Russian movies to spread Russian movies across the world. “We welcome Indian talents to participate in Russian movies as well,” he said. Marianne Borgo, who has been a regular at IFFI for the past 10 years has observed its growth for the good. “I’m thankful to India and we love Indian movies and we can build more bridges between India, France and Russia.” He said on a concluding note.

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