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IFFI 50: Those were the days

IFFI 50: Those were the days International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at 50 is a shortened, dry and sanitised version of what it used to be, till about a decade ago. The powers that be realised those days that a film festival should not be a rushed affair as far as film viewings go, and a film festival is a festival too. Film personalities, who travel up to 20,000 kms, to be at the event, deserve to be entertained and looked after, in real Indian hospitality style. Festivities were not con...

IFFI 50: The numbers game

IFFI 50: The numbers game In 2019, IFFI is celebrating its 50th edition. It’s a number, but in the life of a film festival, 50 is a big number. No, it is not the 50th year of IFFI, because it began in 1952. However, for the first 15 years or so, it remained an event that was held once in several years. Later, it became an annual affair, and by 2019, it had completed 50 editions. Celebrations were in order. And celebrate we did. Numbers can be a tricky thing, though. Let’s talk ab...

IFFI 50: Awry scheduling

IFFI 50: Awry scheduling When you are holding a competitive festival, the films in the Competition Section are the most important items in your showcase. Fill-buffs wait with bated breath to see who wins the awards at the closing function, which is scheduled at IFFI a full eight days after the inauguration. So, the suspense lasts eight days. In those eight days, if your interest is in the best of contemporary cinema, you make your own guesses, and compare your bests with the Jury’s ver...

IFFI 50: Media matters

IFFI 50: Media matters In an event like the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the media matters. The event is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Central Government of India, in partnership with the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a Goa Government initiative, with the Chief Minister of Goa being the Chairman of the body. Together, they spent over Rs. 40 crore (400 million) on IFFI 50, Panaji, Goa, November 20-28, 2019. This ...

IFFI 50: Meghna Gulzar is a very lazy writer

IFFI 50: Meghna Gulzar is a very lazy writer Film-maker Meghna Gulzar, screenwriters Juhi Chaturvedi, Pooja Ladha Surti, cinematographer, Modhura Palit and columnist Sumedha Verma Ojha spoke on Nuances and Process of Filmmaking at the In-conversation session in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. The session was moderated by Indian film journalist and critic Madhureeta Mukherjee. Writer Juhi Chaturvedi, who has written films like Vicky Donor, Piku and October among others s...

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: Maker Madhur Bhandarkar’s Master Class on social perspective

IFFI 50: Maker Madhur Bhandarkar’s Master Class on social perspective Thursday, 21st November, 2019, morning, saw many a film buff heading for the Masterclass on Master’s Social Perspective, held with  National Award winner and Padma Shri (civilian honour) Awardee Madhur Bhandarkar, and moderated by well know film trade analyst and critic, Taran Adarsh. The session started with the felicitation of Madhur Bhandarkar and Taran Adarsh, by Satyendra Prakash, Director General, Bu...

IFFI 50: Some people will work, some will bless—Rohit Shetty

IFFI 50: Some people will work, some will bless—Rohit Shetty The last session at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa ended with a bang with blockbuster director Rohit Shetty, moderated by senior journalist and film critic Mayank Shekhar. “I have been here before. This is my second time. I was given the State Honour before. I have shot 12 films here. 14 years ago, I shot Golmaal 1here. People are very positive here, the landscape is very beautiful,” Rohit sai...

IFFI 50: Ceremonial closing

IFFI 50: Ceremonial closing As the sun set over the river Mandovi in Goa, on the 28th of November, 2019, the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) rolled out the red carpet for the closing ceremony. The spectacular, star studded closing ceremony brought the nine day festivities of 200 odd screenings, master classes, in-conversation sessions, and more, to a fitting climax. Gracing the valedictory ceremony, Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Fores...

IFFI 50: Press conferences of Gautam Halder and Pankaj Johar

IFFI 50: Press conferences of Gautam Halder and Pankaj Johar Nirvana depicts Ramkrishna Paramhansa’s teaching, “Joto mot, toto poth meaning,” there are more than one ways of attaining salvation: Filmmaker Gautam Halder Gautam Halder, a National award winning Bengali director, spoke about his film Nirban, that deals with rising above petty prejudices and finding nirvana at a Press Conference held on 28th November 2019, the last day of IFFI, at Panaji Goa, "In today'...

IFFI 50: Entertainment, Meaning and Magic are three layers of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s films--Maysam Makhmalbaf

IFFI 50: Entertainment, Meaning and Magic are three layers of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s films--Maysam Makhmalbaf Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Marghe and Her Mother, the closing film at IFFI 2019, is a very realistic film, incorporating elements of Italian Neo-realism and Iranian New wave Second generation, as it tries to show how the lives of Claudia and her daughter Marghe change due to economic troubles, said Maysam Makhmalbaf, son of the reputed director. Maysam is producer, editor and DOP of...

IFFI 50: Ilaiyaraaja mesmerises at Master Class

IFFI 50: Ilaiyaraaja mesmerises at Master Class Legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja was at IFFI 2019 for a Masterclass, moderated by none other than a reputed director, R. Balki (Balakrishnan) himself. The music composer entered amidst loud cheering and clapping…audiences got up in respect for the master, and then Ilaiyaraaja mesmerised people with his conversation and his music. “Music has power. Just put a close up of an actor without any expression. We can put expression wi...

IFFI 50: Opening highlights

IFFI 50: Opening highlights A star-studded opening hosted the King of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan, and legendary Rajinikanth, who flagged off the extravaganza at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim, Goa, on 20th November. Official dignitaries present at the launch of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019 were Honourable Information and Broadcasting (I & B) Minister in the Central Government, Prakash Javdekar, Honourable Chief Minister of Goa, Dr. Pramod Sawan...

IFFI 50: Press conference of the opening film, Despite the Fog

IFFI 50: Press conference of the opening film, Despite the Fog The 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India began in Goa on November 20 with the screening of the Italian film, Despite the Fog. Speaking at the press conference with the cast and crew, Director Goran Paskaljevic, who has also served as Jury head at the 44th edition of IFFI, said, that the film looks at the ‘serious issue revolving around minor (child) refugees in Europe. “It’s an intimate story....

Nordic Party at Black Nights Film Festival 2019

Ambassadors from Denmark, Sweden and Norway with Tiina Lokk Festival director (Check the Hitchcokian speech they gave on our video)     ...

Immersive Fun at post awards party at Proto Invention factory

In PROTO invention factory guests were able to immerse themselves in an interactive fantasy world. We got to experience the great scientific discoveries of past centuries – unique prototypes brought to life by cutting-edge 21st-century technology.  Fun for all, experienced or not look in our video how clumsy we all look when wearing the VR headset equipment. PROTO invention factory is situated in historic Noblessner foundry. The history of the Noblessner shipyard goes ba...

BlackWalk and awards party in Tallinn

BlackWalk gala has showcased three mini-collections created with costume art in mind and inspired by movies our featured designers have chosen! (Ad Astra, Cloud Atlas...)       Fun In PROTO invention factory (educative virtual reality center) with scores of immersive attractions.     ...

IFFI 50: Screenplay, cinematography and production design are the 3 most important--Priyadarshan

IFFI 50: Screenplay, cinematography and production design are the 3 most important--Priyadarshan At the ongoing 50th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, the Chairperson of the Feature Films Jury of Indian Panorama Mr. Priyadarshan Nair, eminent director, along with fellow jury members Mrs. Sreelekha Mukherji, Mr. Harish Bhimani and Mr. Vinod Ganatra   and Mrs. Aarti Shrivastava and Mr. Ronel Haobam, Jury members of Non-Feature Films Section, participated i...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Fotografiska Tallinn present a film stills masterclass

  Tallinn Black Nights and the Tallinn branch of the Fotografiska photography museum have joined forces to present Still Meets Film, a film stills masterclass with internationally renowned photographers Kris Dewitte and Fabrizio Maltese.   As photography taken on the set of a film is considered a separate branch of the photo industry, Fotografiska Tallinn is introducing a day of masterclasses with world-renowned professionals Kris Dewitte and Fabrizio Maltese showing best pra...

Deputy Ministrer of Tourism speech for the 14th Cyprus International Film Festival, 22-30 November 2019

It is with great pleasure that the Deputy Ministry of Tourism constitutes one of the proud sponsors of the 14th Cyprus International Film Festival, a prestigious European Film Festival hosting young and promising artists from all over the world. It is not a coincidence that the event already holds the EFFE label, Europe's quality certification for remarkable arts festivals demonstrating their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness - all of which... at work interviewing festival legends, one of Fest Forums longtime partners, was in Santa Barbara this week meeting with festival peers and interviewing the founders of Woodstock, Glastonbury, Burning Man and Sundance Film Festival. Photo Mark Bennet ...

Welcome at Black Nights Film festival at the Nordic Hotel in Tallinn

The most famous event happening during your stay at the festival is the Christmas market of course. During Friday to Sunday there are some dance and choir performances too. Market is open everyday. Here is the programme: Here is the Visit Estonia link: Do not miss on 23.11 when the Black Food Festival in Tallinn,when all the food and drinks that they serve are black. https://www.v...

Look back with video from ISFMF 2019 - was there!

The 7th edition of International Sound and Film Music Festival was a great success. So, let's keep this great memories alive for some time! Enjoy the video! Bruno Chatelin: "I had fun in Pula, also visited the Pula Aquarium...Made some new friends there too..." Watch the video i cut from that visit! Music performed live at ISFMF Festival in Croatia Awards Ceremony by The Hollywood Film Music Quartet. (dreamaker-produc...


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