IFFI 2010 to have global competition, new awards

NEW DELHI: The competition section at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in November this year will be global instead of being confined to Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has said that though the Committee of Experts to study ways to improve IFFI has not submitted a final report, the Government has decided to accept two of its interim recommendations for the 41st IFFI 2010.

The other recommendation this year will be to introduce a best actor and best actress award at the Festival, slated to be held from 22 November to 2 December.

Soni said that the Committee is expected to take one more month for finalising its report.

IFFI initially had a global competition which was stopped from 1988 IFFI when there was constant criticism of the poor level of entries. The Competition section was re-introduced in 1995 when it featured only Asian women, later being expanded to Asian cinema and ultimately third world cinema. However, the festival has a separate non-competitive section – Cinema of the World – which features global cinema.

Meanwhile, the Minister said the Government had decided to accept two recommendations of the Committee of Experts on the National Film Awards with immediate effect. The first of these is to have a two-tier jury. The films will, thus, be seen by some regional level juries before a short-listed list of films is submitted to the National Jury.

The other recommendation is to increase the award money in some categories. Though Soni did not specify the categories or the amount, she said the present total award money of Rs seven million was expected to go up to Rs 20 million.

She announced that the entries for the 57th National Film Awards for 2009 are expected to be invited within a week.

Soni also announced that a retrospective of the films of renowned actor Kamal Haasan was to be held in Delhi next month.

She said the Directorate of Film Festivals was now holding Festivals of the national award-winning and Indian Panorama films in different parts of the country.
The Expert Committee on National Film Awards headed by eminent filmmaker and Member of Parliament Shyam Benegal had submitted its report last month. It has proposed a Central Jury and five Regional Juries to cover languages in different regions. It has also outlined guidelines for the regional jury composition. Other recommendations are being studied.

The Committee comprised Sharmila Tagore who also heads the Central Board of Film Certification, Rajiv Mehrotra of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, Sai Paranjpye, Ashoke Vishwanathan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nagesh Kukunoor, Mohan Agashe, Ms. Waheeda Rehman, Jahnu Baruah and Shaji N Karun. The Ministry is represented by the Joint Secretary (Films) D P Reddy as Member Secretary, and Directorate of Film Festivals Director S M Khan.

The National Film Awards were instituted in 1954 and aim at encouraging the production of films of aesthetic and technical excellence, and social relevance, contributing to the understanding and appreciation of cultures of different regions of the country in cinematic form and thereby promoting integration and unity of the nation.

The IFFI Expert Committee has film personalities Govind Nihalani, Karan Johar, Pritish Nandy, Prasoon Joshi, Kamal Haasan, A K Bir, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, Ms. Shabana Azmi, Ms Pooja Shetty Deora, Kishwar Desai, mediaperson Maithili Rao, Children’s Film Society, India, Chairperson Nandita Das, and Maharashtra Legislative Council member C S Sapra. The Ministry is represented by Joint Secretary (Films) D P Reddy as Member Secretary, and S M Khan, apart from the Chief Secretary of Goa Sanjeev Srivastava.

India has been holding International Film Festivals since 1952 but it was only in 1974 that these became annual events. A roving festival since its inception, it moved to Goa as a permanent venue in 2004.

Latest Reads
Oddball Motion Pictures gets Rs 250 cr for film production

MUMBAI: Oddball Motion Pictures, founded by filmmaker Nitin Upadhyaya, announced its association with Chanda Group where the latter will be funding a seed capital of up to Rs 250 crore for the feature films and original digital video content that will be exclusively developed and produced by...

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
Cast & crew of 21 sarfarosh: saragarhi 1897 celebrate army day with the 7th Battalion of sikh regiment of the indian army

The cast & crew of 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897 commemorated the Army day with the Soldiers of Sikh regiment of Indian army. Actors Mohit Raina & Mukul Dev personally took the soldiers of the Sikh regiment on the tour of the set in Aamgaon where the epic battle of Saragarhi is currently...

Movies Hindi
Watch the world television premier of "Nirahua Hindustani"on 30th december at 1 PM only on Dabangg

SABGROUP’S foremost regional channel – Dabangg is geared for the World Television Premier of the highest revenue grossing Bhojpuri Blockbuster of all times, ‘Nirahua Hindustani’. The telecast will air on the 30th December,2017 at 1pm, followed by the repeat at 8pm.

Movies Hindi
BookMyShow reveals how India entertained itself in 2017

As the year comes to a close, BookMyShow looks back at what entertained India this year, from movies to plays, sports, events and music. In 2017, millions of Indians reached out to BookMyShow to meet their entertainment demands basis which the platform is delighted to present #Bestof2017*.

Movies Hindi
Catch Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan this Week on Off Centre

MUMBAI: This week on Off Centre, Anuradha Sengupta talks to one of the finest Bollywood actors in the industry, Irrfan Khan. From being noticed and welcomed as a romantic lead after 22 years in business to his latest release and love, sex, romance in today’s time, he expresses his views and...

Movies Hindi
Zee Studios International's Secret Superstar hits it big in Taiwan

Zee Studios International has collected $700,681 from its release of Aamir Khan-starrer Secret Superstar in Taiwan, making the movie the widest Bollywood film in the country. The film, which also features Zaira Wasim, lit up the box office in India. The distribution company began the next phase of...

Movies Hindi
Zee Studio to premiere the post-apocalyptic horror drama - MAGGIE!

Zee Studio, the hollywood movie destination, brings the Indian television premiere of Maggie. Starring multi-award winner Arnold Schwarzenegger and Academy Award-nominee, Abigail Breslin, this post-apocalyptic drama premieres on 10 December 2017, Sunday at 12 noon and 9 pm.

Movies Hollywood
Demonetisation, decline in govt ads impact UFO Q2 numbers

BENGALURU: Indian digital cinema distribution network and in-cinema advertising platform UFO Moviez Ltd (UFO) reported a 12.8 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) decline in consolidated operating revenue for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 (Q2 FY 2017-18) as compared with the corresponding year ago...

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
The modern day economics of film financing

Only 2 per cent of the total movies released in 2016 in the US were computer graphic (CG) animation, yet they grossed more than 21 per cent of the US box office collection. Strong animation brands have longer shelf-life and generate revenue for years.

Movies International

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories