IFFI ALL SET for the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2019

IFFI ALL SET for the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2019

The Festival Director, Shri Senthil Rajan and the CEO, ESG, Shri Ameya Abhyankar at the Mid Fest Press Conference, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa on November 24, 2016.
The Festival Director, Shri Senthil Rajan and the CEO, ESG, Shri Ameya Abhyankar at the Mid Fest Press Conference, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa on November 24, 2016.

The festival director M. Senthil Rajan and CEO of ESG Ameya Abhyankar addressed the media on Thursday, about what was in store for them in second week. M. Senthil Rajan opened the session by saying, “We have all crossed the first half of IFFI 2016 with a very good overall response. Our selection of the opening Polish film Andrzej Wajda’s Afterimage and the inauguration ceremony was highly appreciated. The Centenary Award bestowed on the globally renowned singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was also well received including the tribute “I Am The Woman” paid to the film industry divas from 50’s to 90’s of bygone millennium.”

M. Senthil Rajan further added, “The Chief Guest Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu (Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting) really admired the package of the feature as well as the non-feature film section and commended both the section’s jury members for their highly transparent selection process. The Panorama this year also included mainstream’s hugely successful films like Sultan, Airlift, Bahubali and Allama. The only regret is that we could not give repeat screenings to most of the Indian Panorama films especially because of the reduction in the number of days this year. We also had the honour of felicitating many International and Indian filmmakers and the cast and crew who were present. The Red Carpet events also went off well with many renowned celebrities walking on it. We are having many additional midnight screenings, besides many “In Conversation”, “Workshops” and “Master Classes” sessions which went off well and a huge round of applause also went to NFDC’s 4 days of Film Bazaar’s session.”

M. Senthil Rajan continued, “Most of the films of International Competition films and other sections including the Korean Package saw a huge turnout. We are looking forward for the huge response for the second week as well. The screening of midweek film Elia K. Schneider’s Tamara in presence of its entire cast and crew was an addred attraction. Tamara is the story of a man’s struggle to become the woman that he truly is. The closing ceremony will also be held in the same dignified way as the opening ceremony where competition section’s films will be awarded. We also look forward to the closing film – Kim Jee-Woon’s The Age of Shadows, based in 1920’s , when Korea had fallen under Japanese rule. Also IFFI is looking forward for the Grand Golden Jubilee Celebrations to be held in 2019.”

On a concluding note, Ameya Abhyankar the CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa enlightened about this year’s infrastructure and the accreditation process, “We had to make a lot of changes in the ESG complex and hence a lot of facilities earlier offered to the media and the delegates had to be shifted within the venue like the media centre and the press briefing room to name just two. Even the online accreditation has come in for a lot of flak, but it will be rectified next year.”

Shaheen Raaj

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