The 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) began at Panaji in Goa on 20 November 2013 with great fanfare.
Academy award winning actress Suasan Sarandon inaugurated the 11- day cinematic extravaganza by lighting the traditional lamp in the distinguished presence of Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parriker and a galaxy of cine stars.
The 44th International Film Festival of India (from 20 to 30 November 2013) is organized by the IFFI Secretariat under the aegis of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, in collaboration with the Government of Goa.
A variety of film screening programmes, academic sessions and cultural exchange programmes will mark the occasion. Around 160 foreign films are to be showcased in this edition under various categories.
44th edition of IFFI is unique on several accounts. The festival would highlight for the first time Cinema from the North Eastern states of India. A package of 19 films from the North-East will explore the immense ethnic, traditional and cultural diversity in the 8 states of North- East.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is being conferred on the legendary Czech film director Jiri Menzel whose films have been acknowledged as the Czech New Wave Cinema. Renowned actress Waheeda Rehamn will be conferred with the first Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.
The 44th IFFI will showcase Japanese films in the country focus section. Czech comedy THE DON JUANS directed by Jiri Menzel will open the 44th International Film Festival of India. Indian Panorama category comprises of 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films from contemporary Indian cinema.
16 films from around the world competing for the coveted Peacock Awards at the 44th IFFI. Best Film will get a Cash prize of 40 lakhs Rupees to be shared equally between the Director and Producer and the Director will be given the Golden Peacock and a certificate in addition to the cash component.
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia, held every year. It aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art, contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos, and promoting friendship and cooperation among people of the world. The first edition of IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India at Mumbai 1952.
Who: Government of India
When: 20 November 2013