Amader Bharat Desk, November 20, Delhi: The Festival has opened with the much talked about new feature, “Beyond The Clouds” from acclaimed filmmaker Majid Majidi and presented by Namah Pictures and Zee Studios and close with the World premiere of the Indo Argentinian Co-production “Thinking of Film” directed by Pablo Cesar. While noted actor Shahrukh Khan will grace the opening ceremony of the festival as a special guest, the closing ceremony will be graced by noted actor Salman Khan, this in addition to a galaxy of noted industry professionals, international guests, dignitaries and film celebrities. IFFI 2017 will present the coveted Indian film personality of the year award on acclaimed actor Amitabh Bachchan and the Lifetime Achievement award to celebrated Canadian director Atom Egoyan.
The screenings will kick off on the 21st of November will also see the opening of the Indian Panorama section, with the section being inaugurated by renowned actress Sridevi. The same day will also see the IFFI 2017 Country Focus on Canada being celebrated with a grand red carpet opening, amidst the presence of noted Canadian actors and celebrities. The Country focus Canada that has been organized in association with the government of Canada with the collaboration of Telefilm Canada, curated by the Toronto International Film Festival. The International Competition jury will be headed by renowned filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, who is joined by his fellow jury members’ Festival director Maxine Williamson from Australia, Actor-Director Tzahi Grad from Israel, Russian Cinematographer Vladislav Opelyants, Director and Production Designer Roger Christian from the United Kingdom.
Additionally, the Festival will present 4 films from young filmmakers of the Biennale College as a first of its kind collaboration with The Venice International Film Festival. Speaking about the same, Venice International Film Festival Director, Alberto Barbera said “I am particularly grateful to IFFI for the collaboration that gives the Venice Film Festival the opportunity to present four films produced in the frame of the Biennale College Cinema, a projects we are greatly proud of for the results obtained in supporting young filmmakers from all over the world. I am sure that the audience of the prestigious IFFI will appreciate the quality of these micro-budget films, and combined efforts of our two institutions to offer them a larger visibility. I wish that we will be able to continue our collaboration, which is based on shared feelings of love for good cinema and passion for young talented film directors”.