India's favourite holiday destination Goa is all set to host the 45th International Film Festival of India from November 20- 30. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium, Bambolim.
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be the chief guest of this year's IFFI. His contemporary actor Rajinikanth will be honoured with the Centenary Award for the Film Personality of the Year.
This year's IFFI is going to be bigger than all its previous editions and promises to provide a better business platform to Indian films. China is selected as the focus country this year and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry will try its best to strike a functional partnership between Indian and Chinese filmmakers.
Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai's films will be featured in various categories. His film The Grand Master is scheduled as the closing film of the ceremony. The work of Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski will also be showcased during IFFI 2014.
This year, the organisers have selected 179 films to showcase at the festival out of 640 entries received. In order to promote the non-fiction cinema, 6 documentaries will also be screened.
The festival also aims at promoting the amateur talent and thus it has proposed workshops in different departments of filmmaking.
To attract all sorts of film lovers to the festival, the organisers will also screen one popular film everyday. The audience van watch films such as Taal, Devdas, Dil To Pagal Hai, Gandhi, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Dhoom 3 in this section.
With eminent names on the guest list, IFFI 2014 promises to bring Indian films at par with the best of the world, at least in terms of equal opportunity of screening.