The nine-day festival featuring 280 films from 79 countries opened with the Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar’, directed by Dieter Berner, director Krzysztof Zanussi’s ‘Perfect Number’ will be the closing film.
France is the ‘Spotlight’ country this year and eight films will be screened under the ‘Country Focus’ package.
As many as 25 feature films and 19 non-feature films from India will be showcased in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section,while 183 films will be a part of the international section.
Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal, Manoj Bajpayee, Kartik Aaryan, Suniel Shetty, Varun Dhawan, Sara Ali Khan and Mrunal Thakur among others attended the opening ceremony of the 53rd IFFI.
The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in collaboration with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is organising the nine-day event, which will end on November 28.
The second edition of 75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow, an initiative by the Ministry of Broadcasting and Information, is another attraction this year.
23 Masterclasses and In Conversation sessions with eminent filmmakers and actors, exciting week begins at IFFI.
There will be a masterclass in screenwriting by V. Vijayendra Prasad, on editing by A. Sreekar Prasad while Anupam Kher will conduct a masterclass in acting. The ‘In-conversation’ sessions will feature Asha Parekh, Prasoon Joshi, Aanand L. Rai, R. Balki and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.