IFFI to host beach screenings of movies

Agencies Posted: Nov 20, 2012 at 1040 hrs
Panaji Movie buffs have a chance to catch their favourite films on the various beaches here during the five days of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which begins tomorrow.

Beach screening of the movies during IFFI was introduced in 2004 when festival travelled to Goa but it was discontinued later. The festival organisers are restarting it this year.

Manoj Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of Entertainment Society of Goa, organiser of the festival, told reporters that the beach screenings would be held between November 24-28.

\"Films would be screened on a huge screen that is installed on the beaches. The screenings are free,\" Srivastava said.

More than 10,000 people expected to turn up, said Srivastava, adding that they have identified 10 places for the screenings. The festival is also planning to organise concerts on the beaches.

When IFFI travelled to Goa from Delhi in the year 2004, the beach screenings were a big attraction.

This year\'s screenings are part of the peripheral activities planned by IFFI organisers.

The 11-day long festival will be inaugurated tomorrow by filmstar Akshay Kumar.

To celebrate the centenary, IFFI will be staging a 20- minute dialogue between Dadasaheb Phalke and his wife Savitri. The skit, made by Phalke\'s grand niece Sharayu Phalke, throws light on what inspired Phalke to make India\'s first full-length feature film \"Raja Harishchandra\" in 1913.

Theatre artist Mohammad Ali Baig has directed the play and will be playing the role of Phalke while actress Lillete Dubey will play Savitri. It is curated by filmmaker MS Sathyu.

\"We have a biography on Dadasaheb Phalke made by his grand niece which we will showcase. To celebrate the 100 years of cinema we thought it is just apt to do this. It is a 20- minute dialogue between Phalke and his wife Savitri which will be adapted into a skit,\" Mohan added.

The lifetime achievement award will be given to renowned Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi, man behind acclaimed films like \"Camouflage\" and \"Family Life\". The 73-year-old director will be presented with a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

Indian-American film producer Ashok Amritraj, Muzaffar Ali, Girish Kasaravalli, Kim Ki-duk and Susan Baer will also be present at the festival.

IFFI has sections like International Competition, which will have 15 films from 18 countries, Cinema of the World, which will screen 52 movies and A Cut Above, where the movies are not in competition but will be screened for its outstanding content. There is also a section titled \'Master Strokes\'.

Other sections include Country Focus, Indian Panorama, Indian Retrospectives and Tributes, Animation and 3D cinema and Film Bazaar.

Indian Panorama section will screen 20 feature films and 19 documentaries. Jahnu Barua\'s \"Baandhon\" will be the opening the feature film section while \"Celluloid Man\", based on P K Nair\'s life and work will open the non-feature film section.

Mohan said IFFI has progressed immensely over the year and in the coming years it can be called as \"Cannes of the East\".

\"Although it is not good to draw comparisons between festivals but we have changed our pattern and choices of films so much that I am sure in the coming years we will be par at other international film festivals,\" Mohan said.