Maestro O P Nayyar, whose music continues to thrill millions of Indians all over the globe, will be remembered in homage at the 38th International Film Festival of India in Goa next month. The festival will also have retrospectives of the films of ?Goldie? Vijay Anand and Tapan Sinha, apart from homage to famed cinematographer K K Mahajan and actress Vanamala Devi.
A total of 14 feature films from Asia, Africa and Latin America will compete in the Competition Section. The non-competitive Cinema of the World section will have About 60 award winning feature films from 40 countries.
The Indian Panorama will have 21 features and 15 non-feature films selected by a Jury headed by K S Sethumadhavan and Arun Khopkar respectively. ORE KADAL (Malayalam) directed by Shyamaprasad will open the Indian Panorama feature film section, while BAGHER BACHA (Bengali) directed by Bishnu Dev Halder will open the non-feature section.
Lenin Rajendran?s RATRI MAZHA (Night Rain- Malayalam) and Samir Chanda?s EK NADIR GALPO (Bengali) will represent the country at the Asian, African and Latin American Competition of the Festival.
Master Classes, Technical Retrospectives, Foreign Retrospectives and Country Focus will be the other features of IFFI-07.
For the first time, two programmers from the Goa Government will be curated for IFFI with two separate sections called - India 60 which will celebrate India?s 60th anniversary with three feature films and two documentary films, and a retrospective package on eminent German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff.
The Film Market will be organized by National Film Development Corporation with the participation of CII and FICCI. The NFDC is organizing a buyer?s lounge and a co-production market. FICCI is organizing a seminar and master class on animation and visual effects. CII will organize ?The Big Picture? conference.
A new initiative is being undertaken by NFDC in partnership with DFF where international consultants and experts will advise and work with selected film makers to develop scripts of international quality.
Two new theatres with a seating capacity of 300 seats are being built in the Festival Complex. Two public theatres are being upgraded and provided with the latest projection facilities thereby making another 400 seats available for the festival.
For the first time a ticketing system has been introduced whereby every delegate will have to book in advance for any films that he/she would like to see. A maximum of 3 tickets for every delegate and 5 for every media person will be issued.