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FTII strongly represented in IFFI-2012

The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune is set to get unique mileage during the International Film Festival of India being held from 20th to 30th November at Panaji, Goa. Consecutively for the second year, the IFFI has offered a special section for FTII films. This section will feature five films made during the current year. These films will be screened in 35mm format on 25th November at 5.30 pm. Prabhat Nagari Film 1 (Aman Wadhan), Juju (Sujata Chowdhury), Green Balcony Aunty (Fais...

Films must depict truth and beauty (Day 7 at 42nd IFFI, Goa)

What is the role of film  in a world suffering from illiteracy and a steep decline in book-reading? "This is a social issue that needs to be addressed in a wider context. Well publicized junk,usually from Hollywood,pushes out serious cinema and takes over the time that should be given to reading or visiting an art gallery.The best  film-makers can do is to make good films. It is important to talk about truth and beauty in our films, rather than putting bums on ci...

Oscar Maron Filho,Brazilian journalist & director of "Mario Filho:The Creator of Crowds" expires at IFFI.RIP

Oscar Maron Filho, a Brazilian journalist and director of "Mario Filho:The Creator of Crowds" died of a heart attack at the  IFFI in Goa Sunday afternoon. Mr Filho (56) was taking part in the Open Forum in the Panaji venue collapsed in the middle of a discussion with delegates and filmmakers and was rushed to hospital where he passed away.  A minute's silence was observed in the Media Centre and homage paid  as a mark of respect to the late Mr Filho. Only yest...


 INDO-BRAZILIAN CO-PRODUCTIONS TO BE TAX FREE; SOCCER & CINEMA SPEARHEADS SPORTING & CULTURAL TIES Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona's "hand of god" goal in  1986's infamous quarter-final between Argentina and England may well be the most controversial goal in World Cup history, but the Real Hand of God is propelling Brazil to go all out to promote film and football ties between India and Brazil. Indo-Brazilian film productions will be tax free followin...

Social responsibility initiative launched at IFFI G0A

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED AT  IFFI, GOA PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN TO SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH FILMMAKERS For the first time ever, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa  has included social responsibility and inclusivity as part of the festival program. Accordingly,the 42nd edition of IFFI will feature on Nov 27, a session in which parents of children with special needs will give film makers, media and delegates, a glimpse into the lives of...

DFF omits MOU clause on Goa as permanent IFFI venue

The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) has removed the clause from its draft as regards the Memorandum of Understanding for IFFI 2011, which stated Goa as a permanent IFFI venue. The IFFI MoU is annually signed between the state and the central government. It may be recalled that the MoU for IFFI 2010 had clearly mentioned Goa as a permanent venue for the mega film festival. The successive union ministers representing the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had, from time to time, also ann...

India-Bangladesh coproduction wins top award at 41st IFFI

After 10 years, an Indian film has won an award at the IFFI. In 2000, it was Jayraj’s Malayalam film Karunam, and in the 41st International Film Festival of India that concluded in Goa on 2nd December, it was Goutam Ghose’s Indo-Bangldesh coproduction Moner Manush, a deeply-layered film with a strong socio-political subtext, based on the life of legendary Baul singer Lalon Fakir.   Moner Manush (The Quest), produced by Gautam Kendu and Habibur Rehman Khan,  walked away with the t...

Bertrand Tavernier 's Princess of Montpensier is the Closing Film at 41st IFFI in Goa tonight

The Princess of Montpensier directed by Bertrand Tavernier is the Closing Film at the 41st IFFI tonight. Minister of state (Information & Broadcasting) Choudhury Mohan Jatua will  be the Chief Guest. Actor Saif Ali Khan will be the Guest Of Honour.   Ghost Writer directed by Roman Polanski  which was shown at the Press Club, Mumbai four weeks ago was the Mid-Fest film at IFFI.   Directorate of Film Festivals Head, S M Khan  has announced two more awards, increasing the award ...

IFFI Goa Best Actress Award was won by Magdalena Boczarska of Poland for her role in “Little Rose”.

The Bengali film maker Shri Gautam Ghosh’s film “Moner Manush” bagged the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film at the 41st International Film Festival of India 2010, while the Silver Peacock Award for the Best Director has gone to Susanne Bier of Denmark for her film “In a Better World”. ‘Just Another Love Story’ from India and “Boy” from New Zealand won the Special Jury Award. Shri Ghosh, the Director of the film received the Golden Peacock, Rs. 20 lakhs in presence ...

Mamta Banerjee inaugurates 41st edition of IFFI 2010

Union Railway Minister Ms. Mamta Banerjee today inaugurated the 41st edition of IFFI-2010 at Goa. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Banerjee said since its inception IFFI had provided a forum for converging cinema from all parts of the world on one platform. The IFFI platform showcased the new trends in world cinema while at the same time presented the master pieces of the Indian Panorama Section to the global audiences abroad. The Minister said that films were an effective medium to depict realit...

West is West to open 41st IFFI in Goa, India

Andy DeEmmony's West is West, the critically-acclaimed sequel to the fantastic East is East starring Om Puri, Linda Bisset, Jimi Mistry and Aqib Khan, will open the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on November 22. The programming in the festival was announced by the Government of India, the organizers of the festival, on Friday, November 19.  One major highlight of the festival this year will be a "Cannes Kaledioscope 2010", comprising a package...

Indian festival season is just ahead!

Indian Festival season is just ahead. Along with colorful social festivals like Navartri and Diwali, bouquets of film festivals just rolling one after another for Indian and Internation film goers. The season starts with MAMI, followed by Third Eye, Followed by IFFI and so on. The 12th edition of MAMI festival, opening on 21st Oct, has all women juries, which is happening first time in India. This year the festival has changed venue to Chandan & PVR in Juhu Mumbai. The schedule is yet to finaliz...

IFFI GOA, this 11 day extravaganza is the biggest annual film event in South Asia.

The 40th International Film Festival of India gets underway from 23rd November 2009. This 11 day extravaganza is the biggest annual film event in South Asia. The festival programme is divided into 4 sections: Film Programmes Non Film Programmes Film Bazaar and Short Film Center Cultural Activities The Film Programming is the core of the festival and screens nearly 300 films during the period of 11 days across 10 Auditoria and 3 preview rooms in the cities of Panaji and...

International Film Festival of India : IFFI GOA

The 40th International Film Festival is being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with the Government of Goa, and the Indian Film Industry.

  1. Film Programmes
  2. Non Film Programmes
  3. Film Bazaar and Short Film Center
  4. Cultural Activities

After Behind the frame, Films Division presents “Framing Time”

“The huge treasure of documentaries on various topics from Films Division is a guiding force for all research scholars, film makers, and film goers from all over the world. This archive of 8000 plus films can run a separate Television Channel, Government must plan on introducing it immediately, which is a need of the time for the growth of documentary film movement in India.” Said Dr. Jabbar Patel, a leading film maker, at the opening of “Behind the Frame” who was amongst the guests of ...

Manoj Srivastava's welcome to the IFFI Goa festival

MESSAGE FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY OF GOA A warm welcome to the festival. Indeed, its festival time and the spirits are up. I am sure as the window to the world of cinema opens you would be overawed by the sheer magic and charm of the content.With this edition of IFFI, a new chapter begins in the history of ESG. For the first time ever, we step into the area of festival programming with some of the prominent sections, like Indian Premieres, Country Focus (Iran), Foreign R...

The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) Profile

ESG Profile about us   Established by the Government of Goa in 2004, as the nodal agency in the organization of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the main objective of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) is to frame an entertainment policy to help cultivate Goa into a world-class international entertainment nerve center of the country. Successfully hosting the 35th, 36th ,37th and 38th International Film Festival of India to ...

Iffi Goa : 22nd November - 2nd December 2008

22nd November - 2nd December 2008 In the true tradition of `Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The Whole World is One Family) adopted as the motto of the festival since 1975, the 39th International Film Festival of India, IFFI Goa 2008 rolls out the red carpet, as the State of Goa gears up to celebrate the movies in the true spirit of world class entertainment. ...

NEWSLETTER N° 341: November 28, 2007

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Interview with Alain Corneau: India every year

Alain Corneau: India every year French film-maker Alain Corneau plays jazz music, has a kind smile, speaks English reasonably well and is an India-lover. He's a member of the jury for the competition section at IFFI 2005, and will also be presenting his latest film, The Words of Blue. Siraj Syed spoke to the maker of films like Le Nouveau Monde and Le Cousin, and his love affair with India. Siraj: Is this your first trip to India? Alain: Oh no! Ever since 1982, when I ...

Taiwanese film 'The Wall' gets top award at Goa, India's main film fest

Taiwanese film 'The Wall' won the Golden Peacock for the best film, and a cash award of a million rupees, at the 38th International Film Festival of India, which ended here late Monday.This is a finely-crafted films about the dreams, hope, betrayal and love of ordinary people living in politically-challenging times.It is highly cinematic, and making the political personal.The filmmaker creates a entire world within the four walls of a simple house.Thai debut director Ms Pongpat Wachirabunjon bag...

Goa: not just fish, feni and football... but films too

GOA, India: Over 90 films have been shot with Goa as their backdrop, talented Goan musicians have contributed a lot to Bollywood, as the Mumbai (Bombay)-based film industry churning out 1000 films year currently is called Actresses from Goa like Ermelinda Cardoso (screen-name: Sudhabala) have played an important role in the silent movie era, a book called 'Location Goa', looking at the links between films andthis small region on the west coast, says. Its author, the journalist Mario Cabral e Sa,...

From LA to Goa, director-writer scripts alien invasion for kids via animation

Sitting at his beach-side home in Goa "metres away from the sea", Greg Acuna (45) is working to invade the planet's children with animation that appeals to kids across different cultures... with a message. An American, he shifted home from the US to the tiny beach-village of Anjuna, some 14 kms from the state-capital of Panjim. He wants to steer the kid in a very entertaining way towards environmentally sustainable behaviour, and at the same time teach them the power of collaborative -- rather t...

Goa's IFFI finds a plush home, in what was a state-run hospital

[From Frederick Noronha] : Not too long ago, patients hobbled around here, their limbs in plaster and their bodies in bandages. Pregnant mothers-to-be faced labour pains in these rooms. Sick children shed many a tear here. Now, Goa's IFFI's dreams are being born in the very same place. [Photo shows the old Goa Medical College, after a major overhaul undertaken in 2004, to host the IFFI.] IFFI, the International Film Festival of India's 38th edition, being held in Goa for the fourth success...

Indian creative energy hits festival screens across the globe

 Indian film is bursting forth on screens far and wide, as film-makers take advantage of a more globalised world, a spurt in the visibility of local talent, and the possibilities this throws up."The diversity, creative insights and technical virtuosity of Indian cinema are a pageant on world screens in the fall and winter seasons of 2007," says the latest issue of the 'FilmIndia Worldwide'.The magazine has listed a range of Indian films taking part in global festivals during...


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