The IFFI 2017 is set to be a grand extravaganza this year with some different activities. From the 20th of November to the 28th there is going to be lots for delegates and non-delegates at the film festival which happens every year towards the end of November. This year, there are four Goan films scheduled to be screened at IFFI. Plus, the organizers have come up with other stuff to keep everyone entertained.
Four Goan films at IFFI 2017
According to reports from Navhind Times and Herald, this year’s IFFI includes a special section for Goan films, where a few selected films are scheduled to premiere. The Entertainment Society of Goa’s vice-chairman Rajendra Talak said: “After previewing the films, the jury has recommended Mahaprayan (feature film) produced by Abhay Jog; Marisoul 1998 (non-feature film) produced by Suyash Kamat; Zuzari (non-feature film) produced by Mandar Talauliker; Tiffin Box (non-feature film) produced by Brijesh Kakodkar to be premiered at the festival.”
This is definitely commendable and something to look forward to at the IFFI 2017.
Other new activities at IFFI 2017
Besides the premieres of these four Goan films by Goan producers, there is lots more to look forward to at the IFFI 2017.
Not everyone can be a delegate at the IFFI due to personal and work commitments and time constraints. So this year, the ESG is set to introduce something new to give non-IFFI delegates a chance to watch some good films.
Taken from an article in the Navhind Times, The Kingfisher Village has a new name this year. It’s going to be called ‘Bioscope’ and will be set up at its usual spot in Campal, close to the IFFI venue. With the theme ‘New Age Cinema’, the venue will give non- delegates a unique opportunity to watch films that will be screened for the festival in specially set up inflated theatres. Bioscope will be inaugurated on November 21 at 5.30 p.m. in the presence of a yet to be named Bollywood celebrity.
The four inflated theatres that will be set up have a seating capacity of 150 with 5.1 sound systems. The theatres will be dedicated to children’s cinema, Marathi cinema and Indian cinema.
Additionally, there will be a ‘Skills Studio’ which will act as a platform for youth to develop skills for a career in the film industry. Simultaneously there will be a short film competition happening with the theme as ‘IFFI as never seen before’. Participants will have to make a 3-minute short film using their smartphones. Prizes for the best short films will be distributed on November 27 at the venue.
The other space ‘Katta’ will host an interview session with a film celebrity by a renowned film journalist followed by public interaction. This will be a regular activity from November 21 to November 27 between 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
IFFI 2017 has to have a Goan touch
With the premiering of the four Goan films and such great activities lined up for the IFFI 2017, the festival can’t go on without a touch of Goa. Wendell Rodricks, one of Goa’s leading and super talented fashion designers has agreed to design the uniforms for the ESG staff and the festival executive t-shirts for the IFFI 2017.
Additionally, renowned Goan artist Subodh Kerkar will be putting up installations opposite the ESG Corniche and on the beach area behind the Corniche.
Delegate Sign up
According to the Navhind Times article, Mr. Talak also announced that until November 8 a total of 5451 IFFI delegate registrations were recorded, out of which 4723 have been approved. “This year we are expecting huge participation from delegates with more yet to register,” said Talak. He also hinted that the last date for delegate registration might be extended so as to accommodate more delegates at this year’s IFFI.
Hurry and register at the IFFI official website to avoid being disappointed.