The 50 International Film Festival of India, 2019 will be held from 20 to 28th Nov2019 at Goa. The festival will be inaugurated at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium located in the campus of Goa University at Talegao on 20th Nov 2019 in the afternoon. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Dada Saheb Award Winner and Rajnikant, Icon of the Golden Jubilee of IFFI, will be present in the Inaugural Function.The Govt. of India has constituted a special award titled, “Icon of the Golden Jublee of IFFI “in 50th IFFI this year, which will be conferred upon mega superstar, Rajnikant in the inaugural function.The festival will open with Italian film,”Despite the Fog “directed by Goran Paskaljevic.

The International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness over 200 of the best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in the Indian Panorama section and around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

The 12th Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred upon” Ms, Isabelle Huppert”, legendary French Actress.

There will be a special screening of Syrian film, “I’m Gonna Tell God Everything” directed by Dev Pinn.

3 silent films with live music- “Treat for eyes and ears”, will be screened. The films under this section are

  •  Battleship Potemkin by Russian master filmmaker and pioneer of montage editing Sergei M. Eisenstein
  •  Pandora’s Box by German Expressionist Master G.W. Pabst
  • Blackmail by master of suspense and British Filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock.

German film, “Traumfabrik” directed by Martin Schreier will be the Midfest film of 50th IFFI.

It is for the first time that a new section,”50 films by 50 women filmmakers” has been introduced.

The “World Panorma” which is the largest film section will have 64 outstanding films from all over the world. The films produced between 1st Sep 2018 and 31st Aug 2019 have been included in this section.

Indian Panorama is a flagship section of IFFI, which showcases the best of contemporary Indian Feature and Non-Feature Films of the year. This year, the Feature Film Jurywas headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Shri Priyadarshan. Gujarati film, “HELLARO” directed by Abhishek Shah will be the Opening Feature Film. The mainstream films will include, Uri-The surgical strike, F2 (Telgu), Gully boy, Super 30 and Badhaai Ho.

The Non – Feature Jury was headed by well-known documentary Filmmaker, Shri RajendraJanglay. “Nooreh” directed by Ashish Pandey will be the Opening non-feature film.

International competition will have 15 films from all over the world, including two Indian films, “Mai Ghat case no 103/2005’ and “Jallikattu”. The coveted Golden Peacock will be given to one film out of this section.

The Debut competition Section has 7 feature films from all over the world including one Indian film, “Uyare”(Malyalam). Silver Peacock will be given to the best film.

ICFT/UNESCO Gandhi Medal  will be given to the best  film selected out of 7 films from all over the world including one Indian film ,’’Bahatter Hoorein”. This medal was first time given as ICFT/UNESCO/Felini Medal to the Indian film ‘ Cinemawala” directed by Kaushik Ganguli in IFFI 2015.

Festival Kaleidoscope, is one of the most important sections of the festival. Every year films from across the world make their mark in the minds of the festival audience with their outstanding calibre in terms of their craft, unique content and brilliance in filmmaking. Festival Kaleidoscope section brings under one umbrella exotic films from around the world for the film aficionados who will flock the festival at Goa. This section willshowcase 20 films handpicked and curated from various parts of the world which have already generated a lot of positive word about them in other film festivals across the globe. The Palme d’Or Best Film winner of Cannes “Parasite’ directed by Bong Joon-ho, the top film of the year will have its India Premiere at IFFI

Master Frames -this section has 17 films in it by filmmakers of international repute like Pedro Almodovar, Lav Diaz, Xavier Dolan, Dardenne Brothers, Costa Gavras, Wernor Herzog, HirokazuKoreeda, Fatih Akin and more.This IFFI will be having World Premiere of Turkish Master SemihKaplanoglu’s film “Commitment “which is the Oscar entry from Turkey this year. Nearly most films in this category are premiering for the first time in India since their completion of production, which is a matter of pride for IFFI.

British Filmmaker Ken Loach to have a Retrospective Section at IFFI 2019.Two times Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach is widely acclaimed across international cinema as an independent filmmaker and documentarian. 6 of his landmark films will be screened in his retrospective section.

Oscar Retrospective, the festival announces a special section which celebrates some of the most outstanding films which have won the Best Film award at the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. All these films have not only won the Best Film award but also had been nominated in other categories at the Oscars and have amongst them won quite a number of awards. This section will have 10 very popular Oskar award winning films, like Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Sound of Music, God Father and Lawrence of Arabia etc.

Golden Peacock Retrospective will showcase 8 films from 8 different countries, opening with Shrilankan film, Gamperaliya directed by Lester James Peries, the first Golden Peacock Award winner of 1965.Lester James  is also the second recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award in IFFI2000 at Sirifort New Delhi..

Soul of Asia Retrospective will show case 7new and dynamic films that have made their mark from across various Asian countries and filmmakers.

It is for the first time that a new section called “The Golden Lining Indianfilms” completing 50 years in 2019, has been introduced. 11 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019 are going to be showcased in this section.

Restored Indian Classics Section.This Section aims to showcase great films made by Indian filmmakers. This year with immense gratitude to the Martin Scorsese Film Foundation, two pioneering films have been restored. One film is by world renowned dancer Uday Shankar, “Kalpana” a film about dance, while the other is by one of the most underrated Bengali and Indian director who was also part of the Ray-Ghatak-Sen Trifecta who propelled the Indian New Wave in post-independent India – Ritwick Ghatak’s Titas Ekti Nadir Naam. These two films are precious cultural signifiers of our collective and shared heritage.A very rare opportunity to watch the restored films, indeed. Country Focus brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular country. This year, the Country Focus is Russia. This section will showcase 8 outstanding films from Russia.

Homages at IFFI 2019.Two great filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Agnes Varda passed awayin November, 2018 and in March 2019 respectively. The great Italian filmmaker Bertolucci passed away at 77 and has been acclaimed for two of his most important films – Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor. He was the first foreign filmmaker to be conferred with the lifetime achievement award in India in 1999 at Hyderabad IFFI.I was present in the function, which was held at “Ramakrishna” theatre in Hyderabad. Agnes Varda was widely known as the “grandmother of French New Wave” cinema. Two films shall be screened in this section.

It is for the first time that new section “Filmmaker in Focus”, has been introduced Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike is often considered as one of the most outstanding filmmakers from Asia and around. His four well acclaimed filmsshall be screened in this section.
Accessible India – Accessible Films for Differently Abled at IFFI 2019.50thIFFI will have the screening of Accessible India Films, a collaboration between IFFI, Saksham Bharat and UNESCO with the aim to promote the creation of inclusive spaces for the differently abled to access the joy of cinema through Audio description. This year 3films, Lage Raho Munna Bhai (Hindi), M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story (Hindi) and Questao De Confusao (Konkani) will be screened in this section.
The Goan Story – A Konkani Film Package – IFFI 2019.6 notable Films from the host state of IFFI 2019, Goa, will be showcased through the ‘The Goan Story’ Section where film enthusiasts can experience the rise of Konkani Film Industry and the impact it has on the film in the country. This is being done for the first time.

It is for the first time that a Retrospective of Indian New Wave Cinema has been organized.This selection includes 12 films produced in India from the late 1950s to the late 1970s that were distinct in the narrative, style and budget, compared to those being produced in the mainstream Bombay filmindustry.

Best of Mumbai International Film Festival at IFFI 2019.The Mumbai International Film Festival, which is organized by The Films Division, Government of India and is supported by the Government of Maharashtra, is the oldest competitive event for documentary, short fiction and animation films in South-East Asia.17 MIFF award-winning films made in the last 10 years shall be screened in this section.

It is first time that a new section “Mini Movie Mania – 72 Hr Short Film Competition “has been introduced in Golden Jubilee IFFI 2019 to encourage short filmmakers.

The Golden Jubilee of IFFI will have 90 International Films showcasing in India for the first time as compared to 60 Indian Premieres that happened last year at IFFI 2018.

As a way of adopting technological advancements in the field of filmmaking, IFFI has organised a workshop on VR Filmmaking this year.

postage stamp commemorating IFFI 50 will be released this year. It was an open contest held is a collaboration with MyGov wherein more than 400 entries were received and one winning design was chosen.

The curtains will come down with screening of the film, ”Marghe and her Mother” directed by world renowned director, Mohsen Makhbalbaf, after presentation of Awards in various categories. CinemaArticlesBollywood Trade Magazine