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IFFI 50: IFFI delays and avoids recognising, honouring veteran journalists

  IFFI 50: IFFI delays and avoids recognising, honouring veteran journalists This is my 50th posting about IFFI 50, Panaji, Goa, November 20-28, 2019. It deals with an issue that is close to my heart, that of recognising and honouring veteran journalists who have attended 25 or more IFFIs and/or completed 50 years in film journalism. Having identified 14 such individuals, I call them IFFI Veteran Journalists’ Group (IVJG). Since 19 November 2019, I am campaigning to get them...

IFFI 50: ICFT’s UNESCO Gandhi Medal

IFFI 50: ICFT’s UNESCO Gandhi Medal Georges Dupont, Director General, Paris-based International Council for Film Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) and Project Manager, ICFT, Ms. Xueyuan Hun, addressed a press conference at IFFI 2019. “Movies are becoming more aggressive these days and that is good in a way, because now, people can see what actually happened and do not remain blind to their surroundings,” Mr. Dupont said. Ms. Xueyuan Hun spoke about the upcomi...

IFFI 50: ICFT’s UNESCO Gandhi Medal

IFFI 50: ICFT’s UNESCO Gandhi Medal Georges Dupont, Director General, Paris-based International Council for Film Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) and Project Manager, ICFT, Ms. Xueyuan Hun, addressed a press conference at IFFI 2019. “Movies are becoming more aggressive these days and that is good in a way, because now, people can see what actually happened and do not remain blind to their surroundings,” Mr. Dupont said. Ms. Xueyuan Hun spoke about the upcomi...

IFFI 50: Homage to 13 Indian film personalities

IFFI 50: Homage to 13 Indian film personalities Under its Homage Section, IFFI 2019 screened films of actors, directors, writers, music composers, cinematographers, action directors and other prominent film personalities who are no longer with us. The films shown under this section were: AGNISAAN (1985) honoring late Biju Phukan Biju Phukan was an actor from Assam who appeared in more than 80 Assamese feature films. His debut film was ‘Dr. Bezbarua’ (1970). Though his first lead...

IFFI 50: Students enjoyed the films free

IFFI 50: Students enjoyed the films free Besides journalists and invitees, one more category of delegates enjoyed IFFI free of cost: students. And rightly so. Students of Film and Mass Communication from recognised institutions of India could apply and attend IFFI 2019, free of cost. This was a move that aimed to foster and nurture the love for movies and cinema among the youth of the nation. The film industry in India is an extensive one and it covers not just Bollywood, but also the talent ...

IFFI 50: BBC’s unique feat

IFFI 50: BBC’s unique feat BBC here does not refer to the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is the acronym of perhaps India’s biggest film festival buff, BrijBhushan Chaturvedi, a film journalist and a true veteran. IFFI 2019 marked the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India, the first IFFI being held in 1952. One man was witness to that event, and also had the honour to attend IFFI 2019. This man was given the name ‘BBC’ by writer-producer-directo...

Your Script Produced Award Ceremony in LA during AFM with a moving Tribute to late John Singleton, his daughter in attendance

An intimate reception with winners and friends took place during the AFM at Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills. YSP Winners gathered for the celebration of excellency.Sheila Shah and Doval Bacall hosted the event Doval Bacall festival founder with Justice Singleton who attended to accept the tribute to her late father John Singleton, (Boyz'n The Hood) Ted Campbell Blue Motel Grand Prize Winner Ted Campbell Blue Motel Grand Prize Winner will see his winning script produced for ...

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.     ...

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