Moving on to the world of cinema. The Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India, IFFI starts on 20th November in Goa.
The International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) is the first International Film Festival held anywhere in Asia. The acclaimed film festival has travelled a fascinating journey in the past six and a half decades.
Film festivals across the globe have been a visual delight for movie buffs. Be it Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Hong Kong, Toronto, Goa or Sundance- the International Film Festivals have provided a platform for the filmmakers to showcase their creative genius reveal their work to the world and audiences can discover new talents.
The “Big Three” are Venice, Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals. Venice International Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. The Berlin International Film Festival is the largest festival, drawing over half a million people each year. These include film professionals from 130-plus countries.
Cannes Film Festival is considered one of the prestigious film festival of the world. The rich and famous flood this festival unlike any other. Toronto International Film Festival is second only to Cannes in terms of star-power.
Hong Kong International Film Festival showcases the best Chinese cinema around. Sundance is one of the largest independent film festivals in the U.S with the spotlight more on the upcoming directors.
IFFI- India’s First International Film Festival began its journey from Mumbai in 1952. The festival travelled to Madras, Delhi and Calcutta in the next few years.
The Competition Category was introduced in the 3rd edition in 1965. Sri Lankan film Gamperaliya was the first recipient of the Golden Peacock Award.
Since 2004, however, IFFI finally came to Goa. In its 35th edition, it became globally competitive and Goa has been the permanent venue since 2004. In 2019, IFFI’s 50th edition brings cinema lovers from across the world.
2019 marks the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of IFFI. It will feature over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section.
French actor Isabella Huppert will be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at this edition in Goa. Another attraction is the screening of 50 films of 50 women Directors from all over the globe
Legendary Superstar Rajnikant will be honoured as the Special Icon of Golden Jubilee of IFFI. The story of a carpenter turned bus conductor turned actor is nothing short of a reel life story.
Six movies of the Shenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan will be screened this time at IFFI.