IFFI 2019 to open in presence of Big B and Rajini

Curtains will rise on the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India, at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium on November 20, in the presence of the iconic film personalities, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth. On the occasion, Rajinikanth will receive the ‘Icon of Golden Jubilee’ award.

Coming out with this information Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant said that the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar and the Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Naik will also attend the inaugural ceremony.

The opening ceremony will be conducted by filmmaker, Karan Johar, while film personalities such as Ramesh Sippy, Priyadarshan and Isabelle Huppert will attend the event. The Italian film, ‘Despite the Fog’ is the opening film of the festival and will be screened at Kala Academy, at 7 p.m.

The Chief Minister also informed that around 9,300 delegates have registered for the IFFI 2019, while 7,000 have already confirmed their presence. “We have a special Goan film section, ‘The Goan Story’ curated by the Directorate of Film Festivals, which will showcase six Konkani movies,” he added.

Mini-Movie Mania, a short filmmaking competition of the ESG, which will give away `9 lakh in awards, is one of the highlights of the festival. Till now 352 applications have been received in the national section of this competition, while 110 applications have been received in the Goan section.

The Chief Minister stated that mobile open-air public screenings will also be arranged in remote talukas of Goa, as a part of the IFFI 2019 festivities. These talukas include Pernem, Ponda and Quepem among others.

The ESG CEO, Amit Satija stated that from this year, the ticketing system for the movies screened at the film festival will go paperless. “The booking of tickets will begin from Wednesday morning at various counters set up in the IFFI Complex, with the delegates having to book the films of their choice by using the festival card,” he added, further pointing out that the barcode on this card would be scanned at the entrance of the theatre, and the delegate allowed entry.

It was further mentioned that the delegates would have the facility of free transport system from Panaji to the Inox Multiplex, at Porvorim, which is an additional IFFI venue, this year.

The Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals, Chaitanya Prasad stated that following the requests from the delegates, this year more screens have been added to the film festival, thus ensuring more films and repeat screenings. “We have a homogenous balance between old and new films at the IFFI 2019,” he added.

The other highlights of the film festival are art installations curated by 200 students of the Goa College of Art, at the Campal promenade, and film pavilions from eight Indian states.

The film festival will screen around 300 films from 76 countries, with Russia being the ‘Country of Focus’, this year. In addition, celebrated national and international film personalities will participate in ‘Masterclass’ and ‘In Conversation’ sessions.