Saturday, January 16, 2021

51st IFFI 2021 inaugurated in a hybrid mode


51st IFFI 2021 inaugurated with the cultural performances focused on the local folk culture and music of Goa. The hybrid mode festival  was inaugurated today at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Panaji in GoaThe Opening Ceremony of the film festival has been hosted by actor, author - film-producer Tisca Chopra. Filmmaker Priyadarshan and actor Sudeep being the Chief Guest, among other celebrated film personalities present. The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant, among other dignitaries, graced the ceremony.

Addressing the audience, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar said that 600 International entries and 190 Indian entries have been received this year. Javadekar announced, on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the two countries together would make  a film titled Bangabandhu.

Veteran Actor and Director Biswajit Chatterjee has been conferred Indian Personality of the Year Award, he further announced.

The Chief Minister of Goa Shri Pramod Sawant invited Indian and global film makers to explore Goa,the jewel from the west coast of India.

The High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, Mohammad Imran was also present on the occasion. Bangladesh is the focus country of this edition of the festival. The Lifetime Achievement in the 51st IFFI has been given to Italian legendary cinematographer  Vittorio Storaro who worked with great directors like Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Coppola, Carlos Oliveira and Woody Allen. “They led me in a special way, like in an orchestra, to use my language of light”, he said. In a word of advice to young cinematographers, he said, “Study, research, prepare yourself. Love what you do, only if you love and believe in something, you can make it”.

“India is a wonderful universe which allows us to continue dreaming day by day, since everything is possible in India”, said Chairman of International Jury, Argentine Film Director Pablo Cesar, in a video message.

A trailer of the festival’s opening film Another Round’ by Danish filmmaker, Thomas Vinterberg was screened in the opening ceremony.  In the 51st IFFI, 126 films from 60 countries will be showcased in International sections. 85 films out of these will be premiere screenings, including 7 World Premieres, 6 International Premieres, 22 Asian Premieres and 50 Indian Premieres.

A retrospective section will showcase legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray’s popular classics like Pather Panchali, Shatranj Ke Khilari, Charulata, Ghare Baire and Sonar Kella. On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke ,the father of Indian Cinema, four films by him will be screened. IFFI will also pay Homage to 18 film personalities who passed away in the previous year. This includes much loved personalities like Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, S.P Balasubrahmanyam, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sushant Singh Rajput and Basu Chatterjee.

Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad also spoke about the hybrid texture of the festival and said the next few days are going to set the standards for other film festivals.In her welcome address, Neerja Shekhar ,Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Chief Puneet Kumar, Secretary of Goa, Amit Satija , Ravi Kottarakara .Secretary General of Film Federation of India and IFFI Screening Committee Member, were also present. 

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