The 44th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that started on November 20-30, will screen 15 Oscar-nominated films from across the world, according to festival director Shankar Mohan. Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman was conferred the inaugural Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at this year’s festival.
The lifetime achievement award was given to Czech film-maker Jiri Menzel at the inauguration ceremony. Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon was the chief guest at the inaugural function, that was attended by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, veteran actors including Kamal Haasan and Rekha, singer Asha Bhosle and Iranian film-maker Majid Majidi. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was also present as a guest at the inaugural event.
The ten day-long event screened 327 films, 80 per cent of which are in the digital format. The competition section had 15 films, of which two were Indian, including Coffin Maker by Veena Bakshi.
The festival focussed on the North Eastern states. A contingent of 120 folk dancers from across India, sponsored by Union Ministry of Culture, performed on the sidelines of the festival venue. IFFI 2013 also had a Soul of India section.