IFFI: International film Festival Opens in Goa Tomorrow; Award to Rajini Kanth, as Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Open

The 45th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) takes off tomorrow at Goa amid fanfare and a gala show of music and dance and it will go on till 30th November, 2014.

The 2014 edition of the Festival is 11th in a row at Goa beginning with 35th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in November 2004 in the State and this time Amitabh Bachchan will be the chief guest.

Wong2014Director of the festival Mr. Shankar Mohan said Amitabh Bachchan along with his wife Jaya Bachchan will open the IFFI 2014 while JeonSoo-il (South Korea), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran) and Polish film maker Krzysztof Zanussi would be the Guests of Honour. Actor Anupam Kher and Raveena Tandon will compere the programme. The other celebrities to be present include Shekhar Kapur, Satish Kaushik, and Roopa Ganguli.

Tamil star Rajini Kant would be given the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year, that was instituted last year to commemorate 100 years of Indian Cinema. Chinese Film maker Wong KarWai would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. “The President” directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran) will be the opening film while the festival will close with “The Grandmaster” by Wong KarWai (China).

China is the focus country for the festival. IFFI 2014 would screen 178 films from 79 countries across different categories which include World Cinema (61 films), Master-strokes (11 films), Festival Kaleidoscope (20 films), Soul of Asia (7 films), Documentaries (6 films), Animated Films (6 films).

Besides, Indian Panorama section would include 26 Feature and 15 Non-Feature Films. North-East being the focus region of the festival, IFFI 2014 would be showcasing 7 films from North Eastern part of India.

Regional cinema would also be an integral part of the festival.Retrospective sections on Gulzar and JahnuBaruah, Special Homage films on Richard Attenborough, Robin Williams, ZohraSehgal, SuchitraSen, and special tribute to Farooq Sheikh would be other attractions this year.

A special section of films that focus on dance, personality based retrospectives, and Masterclasses/workshopswould also form a part of IFFI 2014.

The new attraction is open air Screening of Indian filmsat Campal Football Ground for the general public free of cost on first come first basis. The screening will open with film “Gandhi” on 21st November,2014 at 7.30 P.M and will show an Indian film every day at the same time and venue till 27th November,2014.

Besides the world premieres, IFFI 2014 offers a repertoire of activities, such as The Film Bazar, 3D Films, Dinners, Master classes, Stalls and Open-Air Screenings for the delegates.


The awards to be given tomorrow include:

Life Time Achievement Award : 

  • Cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/-, certificate, shawl and a scroll.

Indian Centenary Personality of the Year:

  • Citation, a certificate, a medal (silver peacock), a shawl and a cash prize of Rs.10,00,000/-.

Centenary Award : 

  • Silver Peacock, certificate and cash prize of Rs.10,00,000/-


(i) Best Film :
Producers :

  • A Cash prize of Rs. 40,00,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer.

(ii) Best Director :
Film : Apur Panchali,India

  • Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000/-

(iii) Best Actor (Male) :
Film :

  • Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs.10,00,000/-

(iv) Best Actor (Female) :
Film :

  • Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10,00,000/-

(v) Special Jury Award :
Film :

  • Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 15,00,000/-


The new attraction at 45th IFFI is open air screening of Indian films every day for the general public at 7.30 P.M, Campal Football Ground. The entry for general public will be free of cost on first come first basis. Opening with film “Gandhi” on 21st November, 2014, the screening will continue till 27th November,2014 at the same time and venue  as per the details below:


Schedule for Open Air Screening for General Public at 45th IFFI
Date/ Ttime 07.30 P.M.
21.11.2014(Friday) GANDHIDir: Richard Attenborough1982/191 min/Blu Ray
22.11.2014(Saturday) DIL TO PAGAL HAIDir: Yash ChopraHindi/1997/180 min/Col/Blu Ray)
23.11.2014(Sunday TAALDir: Subhash GhaiHindi/1999/181 min/Col/DVD
24.11.2014(Monday DEVDASDir: Sanjay Leela BhansaliHindi/2002/188 min/Col/DVD
25.11.2014(Tuesday) AAJA NAACHLEDir: Anil MehtaHindi/2007/146 min/Col/DVD
26.11.2014(Wednesday) RABNE BANA DI JODIDir: Aditya ChopraHindi/2008/167 min/Col/Blu Ray
27.11.2014(Thursday) DHOOM 3Dir: Vijay Krishna AcharyaHindi/2013/171 min/Col/Blu Ray


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