The 36th Annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 24 to December 4, 2005, will celebrate French Day on December 2 to welcome the special French delegation.
At a press conference held in the National Capital on Friday, it was announced that there would be an entire day dedicated to celebrate the magic of French Cinema.
Sanjit Rodrigues, CEO of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), said, "We are delighted to host the special French Delegation at the IFFI Goa 2005 festival and would like to honour French cinema by celebrating a special French Day during the festival. This will be a very important occasion for the people of Goa and for the Indian film industry as we hope to strengthen Indo-French ties in the field of film and entertainment, a very big part of both our cultures."
The French Day will commemorate famous French actor, Isabelle Huppert, for her incredible contribution to world cinema. French film 'L'enfant' (The Child), directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and winner of the 'Palme d'Or' (the Golden Palm) at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, will be the closing film at this year's IFFI.
Speaking on the occasion, Jean-Luc Levaud, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of France in India, said, "I am delighted that the French participation at this year's IFFI will be more important that it has ever been. Thanks to our teams, joint efforts and the French Embassy, a dozen French productions will be showcased at this 36 th edition of IFFI and more than 10 delegates will be coming from France to attend the festival in Goa."
Ambassador of France in India, Dominique Girard, will also host a reception on December 2 in honour of IFFI Goa 2005 and the international delegations present at the festival. It is also anticipated that he will make a special announcement regarding Indo- French initiatives in cinema.
Over 200 films will be screened at the 10-day long festival. There will be the usual Indian Panorama section, which will showcase 20 feature films and 15 non-feature films selected by an eminent panel of jury.
Planned and executed by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd, IFFI Goa 2005 will also have a host of other exciting events this year. Concepts like Beach Cinema and Mobile Cinema have been introduced for the first time. By introducing concepts like Mobile Cinema, an attempt has been made to take the festival flavour throughout the state.
Apart from that, events like Goa Music Day, Namaste India music concert and street animation are some of the other highlights of IFFI Goa 2005. Besides, some other interesting activities have also been planned for the 10-day festival. These have been planned to spice up the festivities during the entire duration of the festival and are a part of the 'Idea Celebrating IFFI Goa 2005' initiative sponsored by Idea Cellular.
On being associated with the event, Rajat Mukarji, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Idea Cellular, said, "Innovation is the essence of Brand Idea. Mobile telephony is emerging as a platform for cinema and entertainment. For us, an association with IFFI is a perfect brand fit. Not only is it a privilege to be associated with an event of this stature but also there is an equally high sense of belonging and intimacy with the soul of the event. We at Idea believe that this is convergence of a different kind."