The 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was inaugurated yesterday at Panaji, Goa, by Union Minister for Railways Mamata Banerjee.
She said, “IFFI since its inception has provided a forum for converging cinema from all parts of the world on one platform. The IFFI platform showcased the new trends in world cinema while at the same time presented the masterpieces of the Indian filmmakers to the global audiences.”
The festival director S.M. Khan said the latest edition of IFFI was bigger and better than before. “During the festival we will be screening some 300 films from 61 countries. We have an increased prize money of $200,000. For the first time we will have films from all the continents. The festival besides its usual Indian Panorama and competition section will celebrate the platinum jubilee of Odiya cinema.”