New Delhi: While showcasing the international and Indian commercial cinema, the 50th International Film Festival of India will also be a boon for language and regional cinemas. To mark the golden jubilee, the festival will be showcasing language cinemas at the international film festival.
The IFFI on Sunday announced the Films in Debut Competition section of the festival. The festival, which has been a launch pad for several filmmakers over the past 50 years, aims at bringing the best first-time filmmakers of the year in this section.
Algerian film Abou Leila, directed by Amin Sidi-Boumedine, Korean film Romang, by LEE Chang-geun, Romanian film Monsters, by Marius Olteanu, US film My Name is Sara, by Steven Oritt, female filmmaker Eva Cool’s Cleo are the films which made it to the Debut Competition this year.
The national award-winning film Hellaro by Abhishek Shah and Malayalam film Uyare by Manu Ashokan are the Indian films competing for the award for the Best Debut feature film of a director at the 50th IFFI.
Sources say that the selection of these films provides them with a platform to compete with international cinema.
The Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India has the best lot of 15 films representing 20 countries competing for the coveted Golden Peacock Award.
The selection has been made from over 700 entries.
The golden jubilee year of this prestigious film event is expected to be one of the biggest-ever celebration.
The festival, to be held between November 20-28 in Goa, will screen about 250 films from various countries, with Russia being the partner country at the event this year.
Thousands of movie-lovers are expected to participate in the film festival this year. To generate awareness on the mega event, the I&B ministry has launched a ‘caravan’ of movies that will travel across the nation’s movie hub cities of Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati and Thiruva-
nanthapuram. The first such caravan event was held recently in Chennai.