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'Lifw of Pi' is opening film at festival

Posted on Oct 13, 11:08PM | UNI

The 3D film 'Life of PI'. directed by Ang Lee.will be the opening film for the 43rd edition of the International Film festival of India, to be held from November 20 to 30.

The festival will be inaugurated by Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar at Darya Sagam, within the Kala academy in Goa.

The Director of IFFI, Mr Shankar Mohan, in the presence of state chief Secretary B Vijayan jointly speaking to media persons last night after the meeting of the IFFI steering committee, said that this year the festival is celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema.

The Darya Sangam is the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the 10 day festival with a seating capacity of around 2500,adding the closing film for 43rd festival is Mira Nair's 'the Reluctant Fundamentalist'.

Acclaimed Art Director, Mr Nitin Desai has been appointed to showcase new colours and the theme of the IFFI. The design will be put up at the main places in Goa starting from the airport.

Mr Desai said "This is the best opportunity for me to showcase my art and you will see art works based on the films like Mughal-E-Azam". He will also be involving local artists for this workm Speaking further Mr Mohan said that they will showcase around 200 films from all over the world for ten days. It will have sections like international competation Cinema of world, foreign Retrospective, tributes, country focus, Indian Panorama, Indian Retrospective and tributes, technical workshops specially curated thematic packages, best of festival pictures, animation and 3D Cinema and Film Bazar.

Mr Mohan said Chota Cinema and Short film centre will be integrated this year and IDPA (Indian Documentary Producers Association) will play a major role in it. This year also the open Forum will be held in association of IDPA and FFSI (Film Federation Society of India).

The IFFI will pay a special tribute to the completion of hundred years of Indian Indian Cinema where a jury choice of Cinema will be cited with a special ' Centenary Award' comprising a Silver Peacock,certificate and a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000, which is to be given to a feature film that reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics tecnique or technological innovation.

The festival will also present jury awards which recognizes the best creativity in the cinematic sphere as adjudged by an international Jury.