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IFFI 52nd edition kicks off in Panaji, films from other BRICS nation to be screened too

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur lighting a ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the International Film Festival of India 52nd edition in Panaji on November 20, 2021. Photo: PIB

Panaji, Nov 20 (MNN) The International Film Festival of India 52nd edition was inaugurated here on Saturday by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur.

For the first time ever, films from BRICS nations namely Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa apart from India will be showcased through BRICS Film Festival alongside IFFI.

There are more than 300 films to be showcased at IFFI, including 148 international films from nearly 75 nations.

IFFI 52 has brought together a diverse bouquet of films and filmmakers from around the world. “There are many firsts at IFFI. For the first time ever, IFFI has allowed OTT platforms to come and showcase and present what they have produced in the past few years,” Thakur said in his address to the audience.

The Minister congratulated Hollywood filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Hungarian filmmaker Istevan Szabo, who have been conferred the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony today.

Thakur appreciated “Dream Girl” Hema Malini, who has been presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021 today. He the who has enthralled generations of film lovers. He also extended his appreciation to acclaimed lyricist and chairperson, CBFC, Prasoon Joshi, who too is being conferred Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in his speech that his government is giving single-window clearance to promote film shooting in the tourism state.

I&B Ministry Secretary Apurva Chandra said that IFFI is the largest and best film festival of India with a rich legacy of more than 50 years. “IFFI is a celebration of good films from India and all across the world at one location in a festival of nine days.”

“Even though we are celebrating in a hybrid mode, the film festival has become larger than any. We received 624 entries from 96 countries despite COVID-19, in comparison to 69 countries last year.

A total of 44 films from 18 different languages of India will be showcased in Indian Panorama section, including a film in Dimasa language, which is not even in the 8th Schedule of the constitution. There are 12 world premieres, 7 international premieres and 64 national premieres,” he added.

All major OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Sony and others are also participating in the film festival through exclusive Masterclasses, content launches and previews, curated film package screenings, and various other on-ground and virtual events. “The participation of OTT platforms will become a regular feature in future,” the Secretary said.

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