“IFFI is India’s pride; this year’s IFFI is especially significant since it marks the Golden Jubilee Edition”, said Union Minister of I&B, Shri Prakash Javadekar while interacting with media post the First Steering Committee Meeting for the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI, 2019 which is going to be held at Goa from 20th to 28th November,2019. The Steering Committee Meeting was held on 14 th July,2019 to ensure the necessary coordination between key stakeholders involved in the process of organizing the 50 th IFFI 2019.

Shri Javadekar announced that Mr. John Bailey, the President of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has confirmed his participation for this year’s IFFI. Roadshows will be conducted across seven cities in India to reach out to film fraternity for developing a buzz for the Festival. Business Exhibitions to display relevant technologies for films and Exhibition marking the 150thAnniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will also be organized with this year’s Festival. The number of private theatres taken on board for showing films during the Festival will be further increased to cater to the high demand for extra screening of popular films. Russia may be on board as the country focus this year, said the Minister during the media briefing. Students of premier film institutes including FTII and SRFTI will be involved in management of this year’s Festival. The list of films to be shown is aimed to be finalized by September this year to give sufficient time for cine lovers to plan for attending the Festival.

The Minister also added that this year’s Festival will pay tribute to Ex Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar, who was mainly instrumental in making Goa the permanent venue for IFFI. In fact, he was the first person to take IFFI to Goa against all odds in 2004, when the first IFFI at Goa was inaugurated by legendary superstar Dilip Kumar.

Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant said that organization of 50thIFFI is a proud moment for the state and his government will leave no stoneunturned to ensure top notch infrastructure and hospitality arrangement to make this Edition of the Festival a memorable one.

A special IFFI Golden Jubilee Edition poster was also released by Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar and Goa CM Dr. Pramod Sawant during the event.

The Steering Committee Meeting was attended by Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar; Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant; I&B Secretary Shri Amit Khare; Chief Secretary, Goa, Shri ParimalRai; Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Shri Subhash Phal Dessai; representatives of the film community including Shri Shaji N Karun, Shri AK Bir, Shri Rahul Rawail, Ms. Manju Borah, Shri Ravi Kottarakara, Shri Madhur Bhandarkar, Shri Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General ; senior officials of Directorate of Film Festivals/Min of I&B, Entertainment Society of Goa, I&B Ministry and the Government of Goa.

I&B Union Minister also informed that eminent film personalities, like Shri Karan Johar, Shri Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Shri Feroze Abbas Khan and Shri Subhash Ghai will also be part of the Steering Committee.

I wish the Golden Jubilee edition of 50 th IFFI 2019 a great grand success.

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