47th IFFI to Open With Polish Film ‘Afterimage’

47th IFFI is A Festival of Storytellers: Festival Director Senthil Rajan

Laser Projector to be Used for The Very First Time Across The Globe at 47th IFFI
IFFI 2016 to Screen around 300 Films from about 90 Countries
Korean Film Maker im Kwon Taek to Get Lifetime Achievement Award
Centenary Indian Film personality-2016 award to singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Goa is all set to host the biggest celebration of cinema with the commencement of the 47th International Film Festival of India (20thNovember - 28th November, 2016). A curtain raiser press conference was addressed by Director International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Shri C. Senthil Rajan, , Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa Shri Rajendra Talak, and CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa, Shri Ameya Abhyankar, , in Goa, today.

Speaking on the occasion, Director Festival Shri C. Senthil Rajan said, that this edition will be a real delight for delegates registered for the event. It is a festival of storytellers and IFFI is celebrating directors this year. He further added that IFFI, the biggest Film Festival of India, turns thirteen this year in Goa. This festival is not merely a platform to screen films, but also to set new trends and introduce new technologies. IFFI 2016 is introducing a new laser based phosphor wheel projector from Barco Electronics, used for the very first time in any film festival across the globe.
The IFFI this year, will be screening around 300 films from nearly 90 countries with a mix of distinctive and variegated story lines, narratives and emotions, under several sections, he added.
Chief-guest for the opening ceremony will be the veteran film maker of ‘Sholay’ fame,  Shri Ramesh Sippy, the Guest of Honor will be  Actor Shri Sushant Singh Rajpoot, while special guests include, Shri Prosenjeet and Shri Gautam Ghosh, renowned directors.
The gala opening ceremony for the fest will celebrate the journey and contribution of women in Indian Cinema and themed as ‘Ode to a Woman’, choreographed by the master choreographer, Ganesh Acharya.
IFFI 2016 will also have a special screening package of the award winning films from the first ever BRICS Film festival, held in Delhi recently.
  The new media centre at the Old GMC Building, Goa, was dedicated to the Media by the CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa, and Shri Ameya Abhyankar, on the occasion. The CEO informed that RFID cards have been issued this year to monitor the footfalls and popularity of the films. He further added, on line facility to book tickets for films have been introduced this year. This ticket booking needs to be redeemed  at least  two hours before the screening of the film , on dedicated  redemption  counters, specially set up for the purpose. To facilitate speedy filing of stories by the media, IFFI this year has collaborated with Vodafone to offer 200 mbps speed over the WIFI.
He further added that for the general public, two events have been planned located in the area between Kala Academy and the Children’s Park. Named as ‘Goa High Street’, the event will showcase Goan culture, cuisine, merchandizing and music. At the other event named ‘Children Film Village’, films for youngsters will be screened. Furthermore, as a showstopper, IFFI is introducing ‘Projection Mapping’, a visual delight at the old GMC Building, Goa, every evening. This will entertain the visitors and passer-by to the area with a visual treat.
IFFI, the oldest film festival of Asia, is going to have a line-up of esteemed personalities from across the globe, including with legendary Korean filmmaker Im Kwon Taek being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Opening Ceremony on the 20th November at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Goa.
Centenary Indian Film Personality of the Year-2016, legendary singer Padma Bhushan S. P. Balasubrahmaniam will also be felicitated at the opening ceremony for his remarkable, extraordinary and exceptional journey in Indian cinema as a singer, actor and producer. He has been one of the most prolific singers of the country with over 40,000 song recordings to his credit.
This festival tries to give the young and aspiring film makers a platform where they get to learn and interact from industry greats. IFFI 2016 will have gala screenings, including 4 World Premieres and 6 International Premieres. With 26 Asian premieres and 104 Indian premiers   the 47th IFFI promises to bring the best of cinema from year 2015 and 2016.
The festival will open with a gala opening ceremony, followed by the opening film, ‘AfterImage’, the last masterpiece by the legendary Polish writer and director, who passed away last month, late Andrzej Wajda.
The Indian Panorama section will be inaugurated by the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu on the 21st of November at INOX-II. Second time in a row, the Indian Panorama will open with a Sanskrit film, ‘Ishti', while non- feature section will open with the film, ‘Ima Sabitri’.
Pluis Fernandez and Prakriti Maduro starrer, ‘Tamara’, directed by Elia K Schneider, will be the mid-fest film. This 9-day film fest will conclude with the screening of ‘The Age of Shadows’, a film by Kim Jee Woon.
As announced, the Republic of Korea is the focus country of IFFI 2016 and South Korea’s Ambassador to India His Excellency Hyun Cho will grace the opening ceremony. Interesting and acclaimed work of contemporary stalwarts of Korean Cinema like, Sang-ho Yeon, Zhang Lu and Lee Joon Ik will be screened at the festival.
IFFI 2016 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual 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.
The special tribute section of IFFI 2016 honours Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami,  both  passed away early this year.
IFFI for the first time will screen films for specially-abled children with special audio described technology under the Accessible India Campaign/ Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan and a special package of 20 award winning short films based on the Swachh Bharat theme.
The 47th International Film Festival of India brings the best of films from across the globe promising a wonderful nine day carnival of World Cinema.
New Initiatives of 47th IFFI
The 47th International Film Festival of India is going to witness many new initiatives.
The Government has taken a new initiative to create a Film Promotion Fund to promote Indian cinema in the International Film Festivals. This initiative would help independent filmmakers to promote their work across the globe. The Government efforts to project India as a soft power and Filming Destination has been a win-win situation so far, in terms of attracting global stakeholders from various quarters of film industry to India as well as Indian films, expertise and talent being accepted globally at international festivals. The announcement to this effect was made at the curtain raiser Press Conference for IFFI 2016 in Delhi.
The Film Promotion fund would provide financial assistance to the films which would be selected in any competition section of an International Film Festival of repute or being India’s official nomination to the Academy Awards under Foreign Film Category for promotional activities. Directorate of Film Festivals has been designated as the nodal agency for implementing this initiative based on the recommendations of a panel of experts constituted by the Government.
The 47th edition of IFFI would screen three films for specially-abled children with special audio described technology under the Accessible India Campaign/ Sugamaya Bharat Abhiyan. This screening would 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.
Another initiative is Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature of a Director. IFFI would recognize young talent under this new competition section. This section would showcase some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2016 from across the world of cinema. The winner would be honoured with a Silver Peacock and a cash price of rupees ten lakhs.
2016 in collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT), Paris and UNESCO would also present the “ICFT- UNESCO Gandhi Medal” to a film, which reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence.
IFFI 2016 is introducing a new laser based phosphor wheel projector from Barco Electronics, used for the very first time in any film festival across the globe.


Opening Film ‘Afterimage’ Portrays Complex Relationship between Power and Art: Michal Kweicinski

CREW of Opening Film ‘Afterimage’ Meet The Press

47th IFFI to Open With Polish Film ‘Afterimage’
 The passionate biopic ‘AfterImage’ a film directed by the legendary Polish Director Andrzej Wajda, portrays the complex relationship between Power and Art. The film does not ask questions, but puts out questions and compels people to contemplate on the issues involved. This was stated by the Producer of the film Michal Kwiecinski, while briefing the media in Goa today. He said that ‘AfterImage’ is a very special film for the whole Polish film community. The storyline of the film is based on the contemporary history of Poland and the cast and crew of the film is curious to know the response of the Indian audience, as the connect will prove the universal theme of relationship between the power, art and the artist, he added.
In response to a question by media, Ms. Grazyna Gradon, Editor of the film, said that Andrzej Wajda was involved in every aspect of the film: shooting, editing and sound designing and was very happy at the completion of the film. His age did not affect his direction of the film in any way, added the Editor.
Costume designer of the film, Ms. Katarzyna Lewinska , informed that Andrzej Wajda was the best partner to work with and once he was convinced of the capabilities and potential of his co-worker, he gave him/her absolute freedom.
The eminent crew of the movie: Michal Kwiecinski (Producer), Grazyna Gradon (Editor), Maria Chilarecka (Sound Design), Kacper Habisiak & Marcin Kasinski (Audio engineers) and Katarzyna Lewinska (Costume designer) addressed the  press and interacted with media in Goa today. 
The film based on the life of late Polish painter, Wladyslaw Strzeminski is the last masterpiece by Director Andrzej Wajda. The deserving winner of an honorary Oscar, in 2000, Wajda passed away last month at the age of 90. He sealed his legacy with this captivating biopic ‘Afterimage’. The film is slated to open the 47th International Film Festival tomorrow.
‘AfterImage’ is the official entry form Poland for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards. It was also screened in the Masters section at the Toronto International Film Festival.
IFFI 2016, under a special initiative is also screening 5 masterpieces (Katyn, Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron, The Maids of Wilko and The Promised Land) of the eminent Director as a special tribute to honour his illustrious career spanning 60 years.
Strzeminski, the protagonist of the film is a Professor at National School of Fine Arts at Lodz. Despite the different opinions of the University Authorities and the Ministry of Culture, his students treat him like “The Messiah of Modern Painting” and support him by visiting for private lectures even though he is expelled from the University and Artists’ Union for not complying with the Party Regulations. Strzeminski, impaired due to a missing arm and leg falls prey to poverty and poor health as the Communist Authorities persist in harassing him.
Late writer and director Andrzej Wajda was one of the most prominent filmmakers in the world, who is remembered for his trilogy of war films: A Generation (1954), Kanal (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).

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