- Published on 08 November 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The 44th edition of IFFI is unique on several accounts. For the first time two International Film personalities, Ms. Susan Sarandon and acclaimed Iranian Filmmaker Majid Majidi will share the stage at the opening ceremony.
The 44th edition also provides the platform to screen for the first time films on Nobel Prize winners, namely, Mandela, A long Walk to Freedom and Lech Walesa. The Life Time Achievement Award was being conferred to the legendary Czech Film Director, Jiri Menzel whose films have been acknowledged as the Czech New Wave Cinema.
For the first time, a film on India’s great freedom struggle leader Basha Khan would be screened at the Festival. For the first time, a film produced and directed by an Afghan Director would be screened. Acclaimed Hollywood Actress Ms Michelle Yeoh would be the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony of the Festival. The festival would highlight for the first time Cinema from the North Eastern states of India.
The Children’s Film Festival combines the traditional and modern aspects of film making on issues concerning children. For the first time a retrospective on the Best of Indian children’s Films, a specially curated package in commemoration of 100 years of Indian Cinema is being screened.
The package would showcase 15 National Award winning and Classic Indian Children’s films. Special attention had been given to the animation section where 285 films had been received. For the first time, a separate category of Competitive Section for animation films had been introduced. For the Festival, a record number of entries, 123 in number, had been received for the “Little Director” Section, films made by children from India and around the world. For the first time, films had been sourced from prestigious International Children’s Film Festivals. The children’s film festival would have a country focus retrospective of Czech Films.
IFFI is being held in Goa from November 20 while Children Festival in Hyderabad from November 14.
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