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

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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 successive year, got off to a colourful ...

Film equipment, from decades back to the latest, on show at Goa

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From Our CorrespondentGOA, India, November 24: India's Films Division, a legacy from the days when documentary film-making in India was largely government-dominated, has put up a cine expo, released a film on Indian cinema, is to screen films on the Indian freedom struggle during the IFFI film festival underway here.Struggling to find a new role for itself, in times when many high-quality film-makers -- specially small-time independent documentary film-makers have entered the market -- the Films...

IFFI Goa takes off India's west coast at Goa Today

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Panjim, GOA INDIA, November 23: The 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-07) takes off later today in the former Portuguese colony of Goa, on the west coast of India.Mainstream Indian Bollywood film actor Shahrukh Khan will be the chief guest, scheduled for Friday evening (India is five-and-half hours ahead UTC).The inaugural lamp -- a traditional mark of inaugurations done in India -- will be lit with the assistance of Priyamani, a rising star of southern cinema. Inaugural function ...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

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Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's paradise and ...

Rendez-vous with French cinema at IFFI 2007 in Goa

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More than 15 long features and co-productions, representing a diversity of French cinema, will be showcased during IFFI, the International Film Festival of India, that begins in Goa later this week.From the inception of this new form of art, more than a century ago, both France and India felt a strong inclination for what was to be commonly known as the seventh art, says Jérôme Bonnafo (rpt Jome Bonnafo), Ambassador of France in India.Among them, the French Oscar entry ''Orchestra Seats"(...

Goa, coping with the pressures of a shiftover of the IFFI from New Delhi

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Panjim, Goa, Nov 22: Faced with having to cope with the pressures of shifting its venue from the Indian national capital to the country's smallest province, the IFFI (International Film Festival of India) is currently working to win friends and influence people here in the former Portuguese colony of Goa.India's attempt -- which started since the IFFI shifted here in November 2004 -- is aimed at recreating an "Indian Cannes" of sorts, in this small region, known better for being a holidayer's pa...

Rendez-vous with French cinema at IFFI 2007 in Goa

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Panjim (Goa), Nov 22: More than 15 long features and co-productions, representing a diversity of French cinema, will be showcased during IFFI, the International Film Festival of India, that begins in Goa later this week.From the inception of this new form of art, more than a century ago, both France and India felt a strong inclination for what was to be commonly known as the seventh art, says Jérôme Bonnafo (rpt Jome Bonnafo), Ambassador of France in India.Among them, the French Oscar entry ''...

Goa Film festival to open with 4 Months, 3 weeks...

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The Romanian winner of the Palme d'Or and the FIPRESCI Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", will be the opening movie of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which begins in Goa Nov 23.The film is set in communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceausescu era. It tells the tragic story of two students, roommates in the university dormitory, who try to arrange an illegal abortion for one of them in the late 1980s.After making its worldwide d...

“The old Barber” won Golden Peacok award at IFFI-Goa.

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The curtain came down on the 37th Edition of International film Festival at Goa. The Chinese film “Old Barber” directed by Hasi chaolu won the top honor of Golden Peacock and Rs.10 lakh. The 105 minute is about the pure art of Barbers in Beijing. The panel of jury, headed by Australian director Rolf de Heer with other Panel members, decalred special jury award, to Bangaladesh’s “Nirontar”, directed by Abu Sayeed. This is also an official entry for academy awards. While thanks giving, ...

“The old Barber” won Golden Peacok award at IFFI-Goa.

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The curtain came down on the 37th Edition of International film Festival at Goa. The Chinese film “Old Barber” directed by Hasi chaolu won the top honor of Golden Peacock and Rs.10 lakh. The 105 minute is about the pure art of Barbers in Beijing. The panel of jury, headed by Australian director Rolf de Heer with other Panel members, decalred special jury award, to Bangaladesh’s “Nirontar”, directed by Abu Sayeed. This is also an official entry for academy awards. While thanks giving...

IFFI-Goa with Festivity and Security

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37th international film festival at GOA in India, witnessed unprecedented security and delegates all over the world are facing difficulties in enjoying film festival, long Q, and many restrictions. The 11 days long festival has 6000 plus delegates and about 200 films from 40 countries. This year focus has been given on films from Argentina with five feature films. The festival is paying homage to 11 personalities with splendid presence of serious films that struggle with politics, economy, lif...

More films! More festivity! … Kolkata film festival begins .. Goa getting finishing touches.

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More films! More festivity! … Kolkata film festival begins .. Goa getting finishing touches. This year, the event synergizes global participation, high profile glamour and top notch entertainment with world renowned national and international celebrities walking the red carpet. IFFI 2006 showcases a repertoire of critically acclaimed international films, world premieres, film bazaars, children workshops, street animation, music concerts and open-air beach screenings to delegates and the pub...

Q & A with Mr Ansu Sur, Festival Director, Kolkata Film Festival

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In what way is this year’s KolKota festival, the 11th, different from previous years? We have continued with the same components within the previous structure but regarding film selection we have become more serious, we are looking at more cerebral films, giving better cerebral exercise to our audiences. Our Pedro Almodovar retrospective is an example of this. And in the international section there are several lesser known directors but we have given preference to them because of their crea...

IFFI Goa Fest closes and awards Iron Island

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The 36th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - 2005 came to a close here today with the screening of Belgium-France film ‘L’Enfant’, directed by Jean Pierre & Luc Dardene. Iranian film ‘Iron Island’, directed by Mr. Mohammad Rasoulof bagged the best film award and won the Golden Peacock and a cash prize of Rs.Ten lakhs for originality, deep thoughtful narration, powerful cinematic expression and great creative strength. The most promising Director award went to Directors Ms. ...

Let's celebrate...IFFI is rocking in Goa with an official song!

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IFFI IFFI IFFI is rocking in Goa!Jab suraj chamke kuch aiseJab har dil mein khushiyan daude,When the sun comes up on the joyous land And the beaches shine with the golden sandJab jhumne ke hai din aayeDil ko hai sab ke ye dhadkayeWhen the village wakes to a sunny dayAnd the people laugh and smile awayLet’s celebrate!IFFI is in Goa it’s time to celebrateIFFI is in Goa it’s time to rock awaySaj dhaj kea b chalo sabhi vahanEk duje mein baaton khushi jahaanTime for everyone to hit the spotWith...

Let's celebrate...IFFI is rocking in Goa with an official song!

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IFFI IFFI IFFI is rocking in Goa!Jab suraj chamke kuch aiseJab har dil mein khushiyan daude,When the sun comes up on the joyous land And the beaches shine with the golden sandJab jhumne ke hai din aayeDil ko hai sab ke ye dhadkayeWhen the village wakes to a sunny dayAnd the people laugh and smile awayLet’s celebrate!IFFI is in Goa it’s time to celebrateIFFI is in Goa it’s time to rock awaySaj dhaj kea b chalo sabhi vahanEk duje mein baaton khushi jahaanTime for everyone to hit the spotWith...

Film Bazar is open at IFFI 2005 in Goa

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Film Bazar , an exhibition and co-ordination center for global film business has been inaugurated by Shri Jaipal Reddy, as a part of IFFI-2005 at Kala Academy by lighting ceremonial Lamp. Film Bazar aims at facilitating the sale & purchase of films and film production equipment and items. It act as a networking platform for presenting and promoting films and exploring business opportunities. The participation includes amongst others , Indian film exporters Association, Children Film Society of I...

Goa has the potential to be among top film festivals

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The 36th International film Festival of India (IFFI-2005) got off to colorful start at Panaji, Goa in India This evening. The Inaugural ceremony was preceded bu a carnival which included floats, Cultural pageantry and other festivities. The hour-long carnival procession and dazzling spectacles was watched by thousands of local people on route. Evergreen star of Hindi cinema Mr. Dev Anad was the chief guest for the inagural where as popular telugu film star Mr Chiranjivi was the guest of Honor. A...

Q&A with Mr Ansu Sur, Kolkata Fest Director

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Q & A with Mr Ansu Sur, Festival Director, Kolkata Film Festival.By Jeremy ColsonIn what way is this year’s KolKota festival, the 11th, different from previous years?We have continued with the same components within the previous structure but regarding film selection we have become more serious, we are looking at more cerebral films, giving better cerebral exercise to our audiences. Our Pedro Almodovar retrospective is an example of this. And in the international section there are several less...
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