International Film Festival of India, IFFI, ends at Panaji in Goa today
The International Film Festival of India, IFFI, will come to an end at Panaji in Goa today. The 50th edition of Asia’s biggest film festival began on the 20th of this month.
The closing ceremony of IFFI@50 is to be held this afternoon in Goa. The theme of the event is Ek bharat Shreshth Bharat. The union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawanth are expected to be present.
The nine day super fest comes to an end with the screening of the closing film later tonight. The India Premiere of “Marghe and her Mother” directed by Iranian Master, Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be the closing film of IFFI. The movie talks about Marghe, a six-year-old who has to live with an old woman after her single mother defaults on rent.
Being the 50th year since its inception in 1952 , a host of IFFI firsts were introduced. The Golden Retrospective showcased all golden Peacock winning films since the Sri Lankan Gamperaliya way back in 1965 . The Golden lining Retrospective saw films which have completed 50 years . 50 films by 50 women filmmakers were also screened.
One of the highlights at IFFI@50 were the Open air Screenings. Some of the great films of recent times like Gujarati Hellaroo and Hindi film Uri the Surgical strike have played for free for unregistered locals and tourists at Joggers park and Miramar beach in Panjim.
More than 30 Masterclass and In Conversation sessions were conducted this time at IFFI. Filmmakers like Priyadarshan and Imtiaz Ali, actors like Prosenjit Chatterjee and Vijay Deverakonda and choreographer Farah Khan also held such sessions for packed audiences. .