Arun Jaitley inaugurates the 46th International Film Festival of India in Goa
Dated: November 24, 2015
The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has begun and is already creating news. The 10-day festival started in Goa from November 20 and is said to have a stellar line up of world cinema. This year’s edition has motley of spectacular films from all across the world and global celebrities will also mark their presence at the popular festival.
The festival will showcase 187 films from 89 countries in World Cinema section along with 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films in Indian Panorama section. The International Competition section includes 15 films from across the globe, including two from India.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the Information & Broadcasting portfolio, inaugurated the festival and said that film festivals around the world had acquired a global niche by identifying themselves with their geographical location. The inauguration kicked off with the screening of the film, "The Man Who Knew Infinity", directed by Matthew Brown and based on the true story of the friendship between Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and Prof G H Hardy. The film stars Dev Patel in the role of Ramanujan, Jeremy Irons as Hady and Devika Bhise as Ramanujan's wife S. Janaki Ammal.
“Such festivals gave filmmakers a chance to interact with fellow filmakers and provided opportunities for showcasing the best domestic and international talent. There could not be a better opportunity than a film festival to celebrate the excellence of cinema.” said Arun Jaitley.
Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor was the chief guest on the occasion, at which Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Information & Broadcasting Secretary Sunil Arora were also present.
The film festival has also introduced 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 with eminent Academy members on varied topics like sound designing, film archive and film editing. Besides films screening, IFFI 2015 also offered various Special Programmes such as Contemporary Argentinean Cinema, Tribute to Anna Karina, Retrospective- Amos Gitai, Homage, Open Air screenings and Film Bazaar for the delegates.