The 49th International Film Festival of India began in Goa

Highlights:

  • The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to roll out the red carpet to host the film fraternity in Goa from the 20th of November.
  • The 49th edition of the festival will open with World Premiere of James Ivory's executive produced 'The Aspern Papers'.
  • It will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries.
  • While the International Competition section of the fest features 15 films out of which 3 are Indian, the competition section itself represents films from 22 countries.
  • IFFI 2018 will also feature Retrospective of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman on his 100th birth anniversary. 
  • IFFI 2018 will showcase 7 of best films of his career.
  • Israel is the focus country at this year's movie extravaganza.10 Israeli films that will be screened at the festival as part of the country focus package.
  • Jharkhand has been selected as the State of Focus for IFFI 2018 and Jharkhand Day will be celebrated on the 24th of this month as part of the festival.
  • The Indian Panorama section at IFFI will comprise 26 feature and 21 non-feature Indian films.
  • The Feature film Jury selected the film 'OLU', directed by Shaji N Karun as the Opening feature film of Indian Panorama 2018. 
  • Indian sports biopics, such as "Mary Kom", "1983" and "MSD: The Untold Story", will have open air screenings.
  • This year IFFI will showcase some of the best films of Vinod Khanna, who received the Dada Saheb Phalke award posthumously.
  • This year homage will be paid to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, M. Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi.
  • A Special Package for Visually Impaired Children special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired.