Akshay Kumar inaugurates 43rd International Film Festival of India
IFFI kicks off in Panaji. A pageant of world cinema for movie buffs
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 08:19:11 GMT
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar inaugurated the 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji on Tuesday evening. The inauguration was followed by the screening of Ang Lee’s much-awaited 3D film Life Of Pi.
Akshay Kumar lit the inauguration lamp in the presence of union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari, and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Addressing the gathering, Akshay Kumar said: “This festival is not just a reason to dress up. This international film festival is an occasion to remember what cinema is all about. Cinema means devotion, excitement, suspense, but most of all, films need to be is family time.”
The 11-day long film festival will see screenings of over 160 films from over 70 different countries.
IFFI's International Competition section will have 15 films; its Cinema of the World section will feature 55 films; Indian Premiere section will have 47 films; the Indian Panorama has 20 feature films and 19 documentaries.
There will also be a special Homage section to pay tributes to the greats of Indian cinema who have passed away this year. A new section celebrating Asian spiritualism through cinema has also been launched.
Polish filmmaker, Krzysztof Zanussi, was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement award at the inauguration.
About 12,000 delegates are expected to attend the festival. The closing film will be ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ by Mira Nair.