, along with Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and a host of film personalities will throw open the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India in Goa on Wednesday throwing open the eight-day film extravaganza often billed as India’s answer to Cannes.
Addressing a press conference, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant promised delegates that the festival would offer a complete spectrum of the film cultures from across the country which he said would be the special feature of the golden jubilee participation.
“States from across the country will set up pavilions at the IFFI venue displaying the film culture and personalities. So far eight states of the country have confirmed that they will set up pavilions,” Sawant said. The highlight of the festival is the international competition section in which 15 films representing 20 countries competing for the Golden Peacock Award.
This year’s edition will feature 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films including mainstream films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, F2 (a Telugu film), Super 30 and others. The festival will open with the Italian film ‘Nonostante La Nebbia’ (Despite the Fog), directed by Goran Paskaljevic while “Marghe and Her Mother” directed by Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf will bring the festival to a close on November 28.