The 43rd edition of the festival introduces new and exciting sections, enhancing the experience of the participants. This year, as part of the country focus, there is a specially curated package of films from Turkey representing the exciting new trends in Turkish cinema that are making a mark internationally. The festival has put together a retrospective of the works of the academy award winning Danish director Susanne Bier; the films of much acclaimed and innovative icon from South Korea Kim Ki-Duk, and that of the influential and prolific producer of films, Ashok Amritraj. IFFI also salutes contributors to cinema across the world who shaped international movements.
On self-regulation in Indian cinema
Indian cinema has a glorious legacy which needs to be protected. Even though there is censorship for films, self-regulation is the best way ahead for any filmmaker. We have a legal architecture that works very well. The festival is celebrating the centenary year of Indian cinema and it is important for the industry to practice self-regulation.
On national film heritage mission
During the 12th Five Year Plan, the I&B ministry has proposed to implement the national heritage mission. The digitisation of archives is a priority. We would make a beginning in this direction. Apart from the glamour aspect of films, the business aspect needs to be worked out properly for the success of films. Good art work needs to be supported financially.
On the independence of IFFI
Conduct of every event jointly by the state and the Centre should not be portrayed as an onslaught on the federal structure of the country. We at the I&B ministry are working with the state government for smooth conduct of the festival. When we have any concern, we sort it out with the state. Similarly, when they have any concern, we try to accommodate them. But if something more needs to be done, we are ready to consider it after the event is over.
On India as a international film destination
The government is taking a number of steps to nurture the film industry and promote India as a destination for film making. India had entered into co-production agreements with various countries.
On National Film Commission
The Commission would facilitate a single-window system for foreign film makers to shoot in India. We are engaged in the process. Now we have to see how we can conceptualise it. Different people on behalf of the government are processing the idea. The important thing is that fundamentally the concept has been accepted. What is important is that at the end of the day, it is a good idea. There are different parts of government which implement the mandate. We will have to see how creases are ironed out.