This year, the 47 th film festival offers a bouquet of films from all over the world with diverse story lines, narratives and emotions of new talents.
Every year the festival offers different programmes for all types of delegates. The Masterclasses and workshops offer a unique opportunity to not only film/media students but also film professionals.
The ‘In Conversation’ provides vis-a- vis interaction with celebrities and understanding their works & thinking behind it.
Since the festival is an art and culture event, the delegates get an idea about diverse artist, cultural movements and issues in different parts of the world.
Film festival also promote new talent, tourism and enrich film lovers with new trends in Cinema. Film festivals are the ideal platform for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of experiences.
A total of 1032 entries from across the globe were received for IFFI 2016, out of which 194 films from 88 countries have been selected to be screened. The festival will not only offer film screenings, but also will serve as a skill building opportunity for youngsters by learning from renowned film personalities on the same platform.
This year, country focus for the 47 th edition of IFFI will be the Republic of Korea. The festival will present the best of Korean cinema. Contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik will add-on to the aura of this graceful festival.
This year, the film festival will open with the grand masterpiece- After Image, a creation of veteran writer and director, late. Andrzej Wajda, this movie is a passionate biopic about avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski.
The 47 th edition of IFFI will conclude with the screening of South Korean official entry for the Academy Awards, The Age of Shadows, directed by Kim Jee Woon.
Under the section ‘International Competition’, awards will be given for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor – Male, Best Actor – Female and Special Jury Award
This year, IFFI will recognize young talent under a new competition section, ‘Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature of a Director’. This section will showcase some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2016, from across the world of cinema. The winner will be honoured with a Silver Peacock and a cash price of rupees ten lakhs.
There will be 15 films from across the globe, which will include two Indian films from Indian Panorama selection in the International Competition Section.
The International Jury for IFFI 2016 (Ivan Passe)- Chairperson (Czech Republic, USA) – internationally acclaimed Writer and Director, he is a significant figure in the Czech New Wave of the mid-1960s and collaborated as a writer
with legendary filmmaker Milos Forman in Oscar nominated films, A loves of a blonde (1965) and Fireman’s blonde (1967). He has received Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Larry Smith – Member (UK) – internationally acclaimed Cinematographer and Director, best known for his collaborations with director Nicolas Winding Refn and Stanley Kubrick.
Lordan Zafranovic – Member (Croatia) – internationally acclaimed Writer and Director. His most important work is the cult film Occupation in 26 Pictures (1978). Zafranović has been praised as ‘one of the great masters of modernism. He started his feature film career by directing film, Sunday (1969). His documentaries Eyes of Beijing (2003) and China’s Terracotta Warriors (2003) won awards for best director at the Belgrade Festival of Documentary and short film.
Documentary and experimental film Symphony of the Heaven City (2004) won the UNESCO Prize for the best documentary in 2004 Nagesh Kukunoor – Member (India) – Internationally acclaimed filmmaker from India, Kukunoor is known for his narrative style and distinct scripts. Hyderabad Blues 1&2, Rockford, Iqbal and
Dor are some of his most acclaimed films.
Leila Kilani (Laila Kilani) – Member (Morocco) – She is a director and writer, known for Sur La Planche (2011), Tangier, the Burners' Dream (2003), Our Forbidden Places (2008).
IFFI 2016 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO will also present the “ICFT- UNESCO Gandhi Medal” to a film, which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence IFFI 2016 is honoured to organize a special tribute section in the memory of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away this year.
The 47 th edition of IFFI will screen three films for specially-abled children with special audio described technology under the Accessible India Campaign/ Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan. This screening will take place in collaboration with UNESCO and Saksham.
Inspired by the Government’s Clean India Drive, IFFI 2016 will showcase a special package of 20 award winning short films based on the Swachh Bharat theme. These 20 films were short listed from 4,346 entries and awarded at the ‘Swachh Bharat Film Festival’ organized by National Film Development Corporation on 2nd October in New Delhi.
The film festival will also bring interactive sessions, workshops and informative classes from global masters of the art in Direction, Documentary film making, Editing, Art Direction, Cinematography, VFX & Animation and Action Direction.
National award winning Director S.S Rajamouli, will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony. He is known for scripting epic dramas and bringing them alive on the big screen. He has huge contribution to the field of VFX and special effects in Indian Cinema.
This year, the festival line-up includes 26 Asian and 108 Indian Premieres in the International Cinema section
IFFI 2016 will showcase 4 World Premieres 6 International Premieres as part of the 10 Gala Screenings