Over 10,000 delegates register for IFFI

PANJIM: The stage is set for the 43rd edition of the International Film festival of India Inaugural ceremony of the International Film Festival of India promising to be Goa’s biggest with more than 10,000 delegates having registered for the festival, the highest since it was in Goa.

This year for the first time, the inaugural ceremony of the festival will be held in a specially constructed hangar on the Bandodkar football ground, but the opening film Ang Lee’s Life of Pi will be screened in the KA auditorium.

Addressing media persons, Director of the IFFI secretariat Dr Shankar Mohan said that most of the preparations were done and it was only the final nitty gritty that the organisers were working on.

When asked about how they will manage the logistics of people moving from the football ground to the Kala Academy, Mohan said: “It is true that it is a challenge, but we have done this before.”

The hangar is expected to cater to more than 3,000 delegates who are expected to witness the opening ceremony including more than 400 media persons.

This year too, the IFFI will involve a lifetime achievement award to the Krzysztof Zanussi, polish filmmaker.

The festival is expected to bring more than 70 India premiers of movies besides a host of other films.

Meanwhile, although the director of the opening film Life of Pi, Ang Lee will not be able to make it for the IFFI, the entire cast of the film will be present for the inaugural ceremony as well as the premier of the film, which is being premiered worldwide that same day.

Announcing this, Director of IFFI secretariat Shankar Mohan said that Lee has contractual commitments which make it difficult for him to be present, but the cast would be there.

“The entire cast of the film, which includes Irfan Khan, Tabu, Suraj Sharma, Adil and others will be present,” Mohan announced. [H]