IFFI All Set to Host its 51st Edition in Hybrid Film Festival Format in Goa from Tomorrow

Entertainment | January 15, 2021 | News

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to host its 51st edition in Goa from January 16 to January 24, 2021. The annual international film festival will comprise both physical and virtual segments this year in a hybrid format necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Films will be screened on the official digital platform of IFFI, along with the theatrical screenings during the festival, subject to prevailing conditions.

The Festival is being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in collaboration with the State Government of Goa and the Indian film industry.

IFFI has begun to register film enthusiasts for the virtual segment of the hybrid film festival by sharing the registration link on the Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) Twitter handle. The nine-day film festival, which was previously scheduled to take place in Goa from November 20-28, got postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and will now be held from January 16 to January 24.

I&B Minister takes to Twitter to share details
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar shared a post on Twitter with details about the films to be screened at the festival. He said the list of films to be showcased has been selected by a jury headed by film-maker and writer John Mathew Matthan. Twenty non-feature and 23 feature films, including Saand Ki Aankh and Chhichhore, will be screened as part of the Indian Panorama section at the IFFI. The film Saand Ki Aankh, directed by Tushar Hiranandani will be the opening movie for the Panorama section at the festival.

The other films to be screened include Bridge (Assamese), Avijatrik (Bengali), Pinki Elli? (Kannada), Trance (Malayalam) and Prawaas (Marathi). The festival will also witness the world premiere of Mehrunisa, a film by Sandeep Kumar starring actor Farrukh Jaffar.

This year, IFFI will organize a few of its events on the OTT platform for its audience. Key highlights include retrospective films, masterclasses, in-conversation sessions, few world panorama films on the OTT platform, opening and closing ceremony live telecast, Q&A sessions, film appreciation sessions by FTII, etc.

IFFI will pay homage to 19 personalities of cinema from India and nine personalities from across the world who passed away in the last year by celebrating their contributions to the film industry.

51st IFFI being a hybrid film festival, itwill screen films on its official digital platform along with the theatrical screenings during the festival in Goa, subject to prevailing conditions.

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