The 51st Edition of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest festival, The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is set to be held in Goa from 16th January to 24th January 2021.
The State of Goa has been successfully playing host to IFFI since 2004; a platform that showcases the Indian and International films to participants from across the globe. In recent years, the Goan film industry itself has grown by leaps and bounds and is slowly stepping onto the national scene. It is no wonder that Konkani cinema has carved a place for itself at IFFI. The film festival this year, will be celebrating Goan films under two distinct sections i.e. the premiere and non-premiere section.
This year, IFFI has received a total of 7 entries in both the sections, i.e. premiere section 5 entries (1 feature & 4 non feature) and non-premiere section 2 entries (1 feature & 1 non feature). The jury members on board were Sanjay Kapoor, Rajat Nagpal and Ridham Janve, who are distinct professionals from the Indian Film Industry. Here is a look at the selected films in respective sections:
Premier Section: Shinvar, a short film by Manguirish Bandodkar and Pravin Parker.
Non Premier Section: Written in the corners, a short film by Suyash Kamat.
It has always been the endeavor of the festival authorities, especially the Entertainment Society of Goa to promote Goan cinema. Thus in 2014, the organizing body took to the initiative to introduce the Goan Section, which would showcase Goan feature and non-feature films produced during the year.
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually, currently in the state of Goa, the festival 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 festival is conducted jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals (under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa.