Ready, Get set & Go for IFFI Goa

By Pickle  October 31, 2022
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The 53rd International Film Festival of India welcomes participants from all over the world in an effort to spread the joy of cinema

The 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is scheduled to take place in Goa from November 20 to November 28, 2022, appears ready to provide attendees with an exhilarating experience with more than 300 screenings.

The 25 feature films and 20 nonfeature films that will be screened as part of the Indian Panorama, the festival’s centrepiece, have been selected. The Kashmir Files (in Hindi), RRR (Roudram Ranam Rudhiram) (in Telugu), Tonic (in Bengali), Akhanda (in Telugu), and Dharmveer (Marathi) are among the 25 full length motion pictures chosen for the Indian Panorama 2022.

Other Ray: Art of Satyajit Ray (English), Pataal-Tee (Bhotiya), Taangh (English), Ayushman (English), Khajuraho, Anand Aur Mukti (Hindi), Yaanam (Sanskrit), Beyond Blast (Manipuri), Madhyantara (Kannada) Veetilekku (Malayalam) and Little Wings (Tamil) are among the 20 nonfeature films chosen for the Indian Panorama 2022, which provides both young and established filmmakers with international distribution opportunities.

The Indian Panorama, a section that is made up of both features and non-features, opens global avenues for films made by veterans and newcomers alike

The purpose of the Indian Panorama is to choose both feature-length and short films with superior cinematic, thematic, and aesthetic merit in compliance with the requirements and guidelines in the aforementioned section regulations.

A total of twelve jury members for feature films and six jury members for non-feature films, each chaired by a distinguished individual from the Indian film industry, choose the films for the Indian Panorama.

IFFI’s theme has been “Joy of Cinema”, which is something that overrides any firewall, as the creative construct of IFFI is wired to get the best of cinema from across the world. IFFI 2022 will be organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), which will also organize Film Bazaar from November 20 to 24.

Over the years, Film Bazaar has evolved into a one-stop shop for filmmakers, producers, sales agents, distributors, film festival programmers and financiers from around the world; a marketplace that encourages collaboration between the South Asian and international film fraternities.

Asia’s oldest event of its kind, IFFI still holds on to its pre-eminent position as a showcase of cinematic excellence. It has over the years witnessed numerous alterations in character, nomenclature, location, dates and duration. Through it all, it has remained steadfast in its emphasis on showcasing the diversity of Indian cinema as well as in its commitment to the celebration of excellence across moviemaking genres.

Over the past two and a half decades, several other international film festivals have sprung up across India, notably in Kolkata, Kerala and Mumbai, and they all contribute meaningfully to the collective task of taking quality cinema to people weaned principally on a staple diet of star-driven, song and dance extravaganzas.

But IFFI continues to retain its preeminent position owing to its size, scope and vintage.

Not just in the Indian context but also in relation to the other major Asian film festivals, IFFI matters. And this is despite all the inevitable ups and downs that it has seen over the years.

All the other major Asian festivals – Tokyo, Busan and Shanghai – are of far more recent origin and therefore lack the history that is associated with IFFI. IFFI hands out prize money to the tune of US$ 200,000. The winner of the Golden Peacock for the best film takes home $80,000. That apart, the best director and the Special Jury Prize winner bag $30,000 each, while the two acting prizes come with a cash component of $20,000 each.

IFFI also hosts many retrospectives, tributes, master classes and special sections, which enhance the variety and depth of the event. The master classes have emerged as a highlight of the festival

IFFI also confers two Lifetime Achievement Awards – one to an international film personality, the other to an Indian great. The moves to push IFFI up a few notches have unfolded since the coastal state of Goa became its permanent venue in 2004. IFFI now has a far more settled feel than ever before, with each improvement in terms of infrastructure and programming initiatives adding value to both the event and the location.

FILM BAZAAR INDIA (20 – 24 November 2022)

NFDC organises the Film Bazaar from the 20 – 24 November, every year at the Goa Marriott Resort. South Asia’s global Film Market, the Film Bazaar is a platform exclusively created to encourage collaboration between the international and South Asian film fraternity.

The Bazaar is focused on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent, in the realm of filmmaking, production and distribution.

A converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world, the Bazaar also aims at facilitating the sales of world cinema in the South Asian Region.

Film Bazaar has evolved into a one-stop shop for filmmakers, producers, sales agents, distributors, film festival programmers and financiers from around the world; a marketplace that encourages collaboration between the South Asian and international film fraternities.

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