International Film Festival of India: 624 films from 95 countries screened for the 52nd edition
The 52nd Indian International Film Festival (IFFI) received 624 films from 95 countries to open the Goa’s Panaji platform on Saturday. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IFFI is the first international event to be held in Goa.
IFFI is jointly conducted by the Goa State Government and the Film Festivals Directorate under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Given the current COVID-19 situation and to ensure compliance with all protocols, the film festival will be held in a hybrid format.
The Indian Panorama segment will be opened by Semkhor, a Dimasa dialect and performed by Aimee Baruah. Four sports films will also be shot at IFFI.
IFFI will also pay tribute to veteran actor Dilip Kumar and filmmakers Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Sumitra Bhave. Founded in 1952, IFFI is one of Asia’s premier film festivals providing a true platform for the exchange of ideas between young minds and established figures from the film industries around the world.
As per the schedule, the film festival will end on November 28 after the screening of “A Hero” by Asghar Farhadi, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The IFFI jury includes renowned Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, British producer Stephen Woolley, Indian producer-director Nila Madhab Panda and Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra. (ANI)
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