PANAJI: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur, said that India is one of the largest film-making countries in the world, and International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is Asia’s biggest film festival. Hence producers come here to engage, and collaborate with film-makers in India, making IFFI the right platform for the initiative of Film Bazaar, which was inaugurated here in Goa today.
“We aim to become a large marketplace where films can be made and sold”, said the Minister.
Film Bazaar, the largest South Asian film market, encourages creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan, Secretary, Ministry of I & B Apurva Chandra along with representatives from National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), film industry among others attended the event.
Anurag Singh Thakur also inaugurated key initiatives such as ’53 Hours Challenge’ for ’75 Creative Minds’, ‘Indian Panorama Section’ and visited the ‘Film Technology Exhibition’ and ‘Freedom Movement and Cinema’ exhibitions showcasing state-of-art technology and equipment related to film production and story of India’s Freedom struggle using many technological innovations, respectively.
‘53-Hour Challenge’ launched today in the morning will challenge the winners of ‘75 Creative Minds for Tomorrow’ to produce a short film on their idea of India@100, all in 53 hours. This segment of IFFI 53 is powered by National Film Development Corporation (NDFC) in collaboration with Shorts TV. Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Dr. L. Murugan, Secretary, Ministry of I & B Apurva Chandra were among the dignitaries who attended the event.
Meanwhile, the Film Technology Exhibition is the new initiative of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) this year, the exhibitions on film technology and Freedom Movement and Cinema are attracting film enthusiasts in large numbers. The Film Technology Exhibition is curated by FTII, Pune.
“The first edition of the Film Technology Exhibition has brought in the best tech in Film production as part of the festival. This is a golden opportunity for film students and professionals to update and learn what is the latest in the market”, said Director of FTII, Sandeep Shahare.
The exhibition is at the Football Ground, D B Road, Panaji adjacent to Kala Academy, and opens from 11 am to 7 pm during 21-27 Nov, 2022.
Leading manufacturers of cinema equipment such as Sony, Canon, Zeiss, Red, Leica, Altas,DZO, Aputure Lights, Hansa Cine Equipment among others are participating in the exhibition. They are showcasing their state-of-the- art equipment which are being used by industry experts in contemporary cinema production. The palette at the exhibition ranges across manufacturers of cameras, lenses, lights, grips, colour grading software, animation, VFX, AR, VR, audio monitors, acoustics, real time dubbing, talk-backs, preservation and restoration etc. In addition to the exhibition stalls spread over an area of 7000 sq.m., there are also dedicated spaces for discussions and various sessions at the exhibition venue.
Another exhibition “Freedom Movement and Cinema” put up by the Central Bureau of Communication under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, was inaugurated by the Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur today. The stalls installed at multi-media digital exhibition narrated the complete story of India’s Freedom struggle using technological innovations.
Union I & B Minister also inaugurated the Indian Panorama Section in IFFI 53 today. The Indian Panorama Section of IFFI 53, opened with the promise of bringing to life on the big screen tales gathered from every corner of India. The inaugural ceremony introduced the audiences to IFFI’s official selection of 25 Feature & 20 Non-Feature films under the Indian Panorama 2022 category for this year.