The Ministry for Information & Broadcasting on 7 November 2013 announced the institution of a special award in the series of initiatives undertaken to commemorate the 100 years of Indian Cinema. The Centenary award would be given every year to an outstanding Indian film personality- A Film Icon, for his/her contribution to Indian Cinema at IFFI.
About the Centenary Award
• The award reiterated the rich legacy of Indian Cinema where eminent personalities had contributed to its growth through different stages of its evolution.
• The award is the second in the series instituted by the Government to commemorate the centenary celebrations.
44th International Film Festival of India
• The 44th International Film Festival of India was also be inaugurated to celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema. 44th IFFI opened on 11 October 2013 and will close on 30 November 2013.
• For the first time two International Film personalities, Susan Sarandon and acclaimed Iranian Filmmaker Majid Majidi shared the stage at the opening ceremony.
• The 44th edition will also provide the platform to screen for the first time films on Nobel Prize winners, namely, Mandela, A long Walk to Freedom and Lech Walesa.
• For the first time, a film produced and directed by an Afghan Director would be screened.
• For the first time, a film on India’s great freedom struggle leader Basha Khan would be screened at the Festival.
• Acclaimed Hollywood Actress Michelle Yeoh would be the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony of the Festival.
• The festival would highlight for the first time Cinema from the North Eastern states of India.
Children’s Film Festival- Retrospective on Best Children’s Films in commemoration of 100 years to be screened
• The Children’s Film Festival is a unique one in various ways.
• It combines the traditional and modern aspects of film making on issues concerning children.
• For the first time a retrospective on the Best of Indian children’s Films, a specially curated package in commemoration of 100 years of Indian Cinema will be screened.
• The package would showcase 15 National Award winning and Classic Indian Children’s films.
• Special attention will be given to the animation section where 285 films have been received.
• For the first time, a separate category of Competitive Section for animation films has been introduced.
• For the Festival, a record number of entries, 123 in number, have been received for the “Little Director” Section, films made by children from India and around the world.
• For the first time, films had been sourced from prestigious International Children’s Film Festivals.
• The children’s film festival would have a country focus retrospective of Czech Films.