The 48th edition of International film festival of India (IFFI) has begun in Goa in full swing. While Bollywood celebrities such as Shah Rukh Khan and Nana Patekar have already reached the event, many other stars such as Katrina Kaif and Shahid Kapoor will be joining soon. Goa has puts its best forward to make it one of the most memorable festival circuits in the history. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were also a part of the film festival.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be honoured with the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award at the event, while Canadian director Atom Egoyan will receive Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Directorate of Film Festival (DFF) and Goa government's Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) are jointly organising the festival, which will be held at two venues Kala Academy and Macquiniz Palace. The organisers said 195 films from across 82 countries would be screened, including 10 world premiers, 10 Asian and international premiers and over 64 Indian premiers will be presented during the festival.
Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi's new film Beyond The Clouds will open the IFFI. The event would conclude on November 28 with the world premiere of Indo-Argentinian co-production Thinking of Him, directed by Pablo Cesar.
"The closing ceremony will be graced by noted actor Salman Khan. This in addition to a galaxy of noted industry professionals, international guests, dignitaries and film celebrities who will attend the festival," the organisers said in a release.
Noted actress Sridevi will inaugurate the Indian Panorama section of the festival on 21 November. On the same day, IFFI 2017 Country Focus on Canada will be celebrated with a grand red carpet opening and amidst the presence of noted Canadian actors and celebrities. The segment has been organised in association with the government of Canada in collaboration with Telefilm Canada, curated by the Toronto International Film Festival.
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