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IFFI 50: Complexities of the complex

IFFI 50: Complexities of the complex As a film festival that wants to vie with the best in the world, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) needs a regular festival complex. It does not have one. IFFI moved to Panaji, Goa, in 2004, a good 15 years ago. To facilitate this move from Delhi to Goa, the then Chief Minister, late Manohar Parrikar, leased out land to the INOX group of multiplexes, and a four screen cinema hall was built in a record 100 days. The Goa government also acquire...

IFFI 50: recommends recognition of senior journalists, IFFI accepts

Very nice initiative from our correspondent in India Siraj Syed "A press conference was held on 19th November, on the eve of the inauguration of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), at Maquinez Palace, Panaji, Goa. It was addressed by the Chief Minister of Goa (ESG), Mr. Pramod Sawant, who is also the Chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa, and Mr. Chaitanya Prasad, Director of IFFI, among others. It was revealed at the PC that the cost of organising IFFI 2019 was...

IFFI 50, III: 50th festival since 1952

IFFI 50, III: 50th festival since 1952 Started way back in 1952, the first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This was also the first International Film Festival held anywhere in Asia. It inspired many budding talents to become film-makers, especially the film Bicycle Thieves, which remains a classic 70 years later. Seen in the picture, r...

IFFI 50, II: Make a short film in 72 hours, win Rs. 1,00,000

IFFI 50, II: Make a short film in 72 hours, win Rs. 1,00,000 International Film Festival of India (IFFI) celebrates its Golden Jubilee edition, from 20th to 28th November 2019, in Goa’s state capital, Panaji. This year, it be having a short film-making competition called “Mini Movie Mania Short Film Competition”. The topic for the film will be given during IFFI, and the movie-makers have to submit their films within 72 hours, after the topic is announced. There will be two s...

"terroir" to have World Premiere at Goa Short Film Festival!

"terroir", the brand new musical film by Dawn Westlake with orchestration by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, will have its world premiere at the Goa Short Film Festival in India in November! "terroir" was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain. Pol edited and did visual effects as well. The film marks the professional acting debut of four-year-old Lilly Johnson, the g...

IFFI 2018, VII: What it was and what it could have been

IFFI 2018, VII: What it was and what it could have been In its 49th edition, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was a damp squib. It could have been a glorious run-up to the 50th edition celebrations next year; instead, we had many disgruntled delegates and media-persons and serious mismanagement. In fact, many regulars decided to give the fest a miss this year, making me wonder whether they had a premonition that it would be so dull. Here are 25 observations that need to be loo...

Baaghi 2, Review: Do we still need an army?

Baaghi 2, Review: Do we still need an army? He’s an army-man and he’s angry, first at the stone-pelters in Kashmir, and then at the drug-peddlers in Goa. In the former case, he has a bee in his bonnet. Rather, he ties a local to the bonnet on his Jeep, using him as a human shield, and drives through, teaching the militants a lesson. This earns a serious reprimand from his superior officers and a strenuous survival punishment as well. In the latter case, he conducts a master class ...

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VI

16th Third Eye Asian Film Festival: VI Three Marathi films are the focus of today’s post: Nati Khel, Nadi Vahate and Copy. They were shown as part of a package at that consisted of as many as eight films, the maximum in any language from any Indian language. TEAFF is organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, and co-organised by Prabhat Chitra Mandal and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal. It is supported by Department of Culture, Gover...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed--The Bourne Supremacy (2004): Supreme racy

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed--The Bourne Supremacy (2004): Supreme racy As I write this flashback review, five Jason Bourne films have been released, of which The Bourne Supremacy was the second. The lead character and plot premises are all based on the milieu created by Robert Ludlum’s action-thriller novels about CIA agent Jason Bourne and the Agency’s use of his skills in executing murderous missions, after subjecting him to drug-induced psychogenic amnesia. This one begins t...

Spain ‘Country of Focus’ at 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India

  "Spanish cinema is a centre-piece of Spanish contemporary culture.  From Luis Buñuel’s mid-century masterpieces to Almodóvar’s “fin-de-siècle” follies, cinema has been both a tool to understand the evolution of Spanish society and a mirror to examine ourselves. " Thus spake Gustavo de Arístegui, Spain's Ambassador in India at the 46th IFFI in Goa. "Given the already existing interest in Spain (interest ...

“Cinema is beyond entertainment”-Nitin Kakkar,director of Ram Singh Charlie at 46th IFFI in Goa

    “Cinema is beyond entertainment.“Making films is about what you yourself want to narrate and we should be open to all kind of cinema” says  Nitin Kakkar director of Ram Singh Charlie. which has  Divya Dutta in the lead role.The film traces the life of an impersonator who performs in a circus. ...

In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’ Oriya tribals demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest

In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’, Kondh adivasis from Rayagada in Orissa simply but powerfully demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest, which is a rich source of nutrition for them. Screend at the ongoing 46th IFFI in Goa, the 30-minute documentary directed by Nandan and Kavita emphasises the need to preserve India’s forests from commercial exploitation, and is the latest attempt by the filmmakers to throw a light on the fragile state of India’s nation...

Singh is Bling, Review: Kickass, jackass and badass

Singh is Bling, Review: Kickass, jackass and badass                                                                                       Singh is blink-ing. Maybe winking. After many head-banging, from a ledge, he is hanging.  His lady love is English talking. With them is in...

Drishyam, Review: Missing Corpse, Hissing Cops and Habeas Corpus

Drishyam, Review: Missing Corpse, Hissing Cops and Habeas Corpus What would drive producers to make and remake a film in five different Indian languages in a span of two years? Box-office success of preceding language versions and a potential remake goldmine at hand, or the merits of a script that tries to turn the killer v/s cops genre on its head, and could have viewers gasping for breath? In the case of Drishyam, whose Sanskritised title can be approximated as Drishya (scene/sight in Hindi...

IFFI, Festival Diary, Part II

A 40 minutes delayed flight on Jet Airways from Mumbai to Panaji, accreditation badge not ready on arrival, late first night due to checking into the hotel, unpacking, settling down, dinner with a friend, etc, missing the next morning's Indian film preview screening because it clashed head-on with the Curtain-Raiser Press Conference (PC), missing the next one while trying to get the badge made, going for the third film of the day, KUTTRAM KADITHAL-Tamil-director Bramma G-2014-122...

IFFI diary, Part I: Delhi's gain, IFFI's loss?

In mid October 2014, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, started calling for accreditations from media-persons. Soon after the International Film Festival of Mumbai (IFFM) got over, journalists started applying for the same. It would be 10 years since the travelling festival moved to Panaji, Goa, and took-up permanent residence there, and in power was Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been in office in 2004 t...

Ratings of films shown at the 42nd. International Film Festival of India, Goa, 23 November-03 December, 2011

Here's my IFFI 2011 'star'-cast: Features Consul of Bordeaux: *** Bullhead: *** Palawan Fate: **1/2 Elena: *** Nader and Simin, A Separation: **** Oranges and Sunshine: *** Restoration: ***1/2 Mill and the Cross: ***1/2 Volcano: *** Mother's Paradise: **1/2 Abu, Son of Adam: ***1/2 (seen at MAMI's MFF) Dance Town: ***1/2 The Dry Valley: **1/2 Joanna: *** My Australia: *** National Alley: ***1/2 House of Tolerance: ***1/2 The First Grader: **1/2 Koko and the Ghost: *** The K...

'Francisco Manso: Films must spotlight respect for life & human rights to foster understanding & empathy

"Respect for life and human rights are  very important and I make movies addressing these issues because it is important for people as well as governments, not to repeat the errors of the past." Thus spake Francisco Manso, director of ‘The Consul of Bordeaux’ the 42nd IFFI's opening film which played to full houses at repeat screenings. Addressing  a crowded media meet at the Maquinez Palace on his birthday (the Lisbon born director turned 62 on November 28)  Man...

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...

Fatih Akin to take Masterclass at 41st IFFI, Goa (India)

German director Fatih Akin will be the major attraction at the Film Bazaar 2010, the market section of the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa (Nov 22-Dec2, 2010). He will participate in the Masterclass programme of the market that is organized by the Government of India agency, the National Film Development Corporation Ltd (NFDC) This the 4th time that NFDC is organizing the Film Bazaar at the highly-popular beachfront tourist destination that became the permanen...

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

India looks to Pakistani views, via the screens of Goa

GOA, June 29, 2008: For a country sometimes viewed as 'the enemy' in geopolitical rivalries or the cricket-field, the films of neighbouring Pakistan, currently being screened at the South Asian Film Festival here in Goa, are drawing significant interest and appreciation.Screened in Panaji (also called Panjim or Ponnje) -- though with a small audience, reflecting the overall lack of publicity for the first SAFF being held here -- was reporter Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary 'Pakistan's Doubl...

Eight diverse cinematographic traditions meet at Goa for SAFF

[Photo, venue of the SAFF at Goa, housed in an old colonial palatial mansion. Photo FN] Eight diverse countries, very differing historical and political traditions, unmatched cinematographic backgrounds, and over 45 films. Mixed together, the result is a South Asian Film Festival, the latest version of which is underway in Goa.This four-day festival, which ends on Monday, is seeing films from eight South Asian Countries -- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepa...

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...

Bollywood's posters of yesteryears, broad brushstrokes now vanishing

 [From FN] They once fired the Indian imagination, and built dreams for the millions. Today, the posters that built Bollywood are being displaced by technology and the changing needs of the time.Bollywood's posters have long been handpainted. But technology is making that a dying-art.With a backdrop of IFFI, the 38th edition of the International Film Festival of India currently underway here, tributes were paid to this fast vanishing world of poster art.'Poster Boys' is the title of a works...