The 48th International Film Festival of India 2017, known among film-lovers as IFFI, began with a bright start at a star-studded opening ceremony at Goa, on 20th November 2017. Addressing the opening ceremony of the Film Festival, Minister of Textiles and I&B, Smt. Smriti Irani said that India is a land of festivals, celebrations, dynamic youth, and stories, wherein stories were told in over 1600 dialects. She said that the endeavor of Govt. of India through International Film Festival of India is to welcome filmmakers from all over the world to the land of stories. Speaking on the role of IFFI, I&B Minister said that the festival would help the film fanatics to meet the biggest and brightest names of Indian film industry.Earlier, renowned actor Shahrukh Khan while opening the festival, said that films are about love, about an idea transformed into reality by hundreds of people working together. SRK further added that storytellers and story listeners are like a family and stories has the power to bind everyone together. The commemoration of IFFI 2017 was anchored by Raj Kumar Rao and Radhika Apte. Renowned Indian film personalities such as A.R Rahman, Sridevi, Nana Patekar and Shahid Kapoor graced the event.
Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parikkar in his speech welcomed all the delegates to IFFI 2017 and said that Goa would be ready in 2019 to host the 50th edition of IFFI magnificently. Shri Parikkar added that Goa had emerged as excellent film culture over the last few years and the state govt would continue its work towards further growing the film industry in Goa.The opening film of 48th International Film Festival of India 2017 was the Indian movie ‘Beyond the Clouds’ by notable Iranian director Majid Majidi, with music by A.R. Rahman. Set in Mumbai, the film showcases the beauty of “Maximum City,” a splendor which often tends to get excused. The film is based on the director’s determined belief that love recognizes no barriers.The inaugural ceremony also witnessed some mesmerizing audiovisual performances like ‘Drums of India,’ a musical treat with drums from all across the nation and ‘Utsav,’ a visual representation showcasing the diversity of Indian Art and Culture.
Canada was Special Attraction of IFFI 2017! 48th International Film Festival of India 2017 had a special focus on Canada, with movies curated by the Toronto International Film Festival. Speaking to the media at IFFI, Mr. Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, said that diversity is a significant strength and core value of Canada, a value which it shares with India. The Film Festival presented eight Canadian films, ‘Don’t Talk to Irene,’ and ‘Ravenous,’ to name a couple. While ‘Old Stone’ was the Canada Focus Opening Film, ‘Meditation Park’ was the Country Focus – Gala Screening movie. Atom Egyon, Canada’s one of the most renowned art house Director, was conferred with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’. The 48th International Film Festival of India exhibited the best of recent International movies, along with individual sections such as Retrospectives, BRICS Award-Winning films. Homages and an Indian Panorama Section starring the best of Indian Cinema produced in the past year, with the aim of giving a platform for young creative minds to interact, look and learn.
The National Film Archives of India (NFAI), tasked with the protection, restoration, preservation, and digitization of Indian film culture, ought to put up a stall at IFFI 2017 which was themed on the power of women. Homage to Legends at 48th International Film Festival of India!
The Homage remembrances at the 48th International Film Festival of India included tributes to the late Actors Om Puri, Tom Alter, Vinod Khanna, Jayalalitha, Reema Lagoo, Directors Abdul Majid, Dasari Narayana Rao, Kundan Shah and Cinematographer Ramananda Sengupta. Approximately 195 films from over 82 countries were screened during the Festival; with 10 World Premieres, 10 Asian and International premieres and over 64 Indian premieres.
It is for the first time that mixed “Virtual Reality” sidebar was set up in Maquninez Place building, under New Initiative. Two films, Secret Superstar and Hindi Medium, were screened under, Accessible India section. The defining feature was that the screenings were accompanied by what is known as an audio description – an additional narration that translates images, visual information or non-dialogue portions of film into spoken words so that visually impaired people can access, enjoy and learn from works of popular films6 Master Classes and eight-panel discussions by eminent filmmakers were conducted. The film lovers generously attended.
Restored Classics of James Bond! Retro JB!
As the first of its kind in the country, International Film Festival of India 2017 had a specially curated division of James Bond films. The special section with nine iconic James Bond films showcased the various leading actors who have essayed the role of James Bond from 1962 to 2012.
Super Star, Amitabh Bachchan (Big B) has been fairly chosen for the Indian Film Personality of the Year award by the Ministry of I&B.48th International Film Festival of India has been a great success, and MacroTraveller congratulates Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, National Film Development Corporation Ltd, and Environment Support Group on the success of 48th IFFI 2017.