Panaji, Nov 22 : Film maker, actor and member of Jury, Indian Panorama (Feature), of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Major Ravi has said that the jury members have taken a lot of pain in selecting the best films made in the country and have ensured that the Indian Panorama section presents a pan-Indian movie experience to the viewers.
He was addressing a press conference during the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFF) here on Wednesday in the presence of other members of the Jury and the Chairman Rahul Rawail.
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Director General and another member of Feature Film Jury, K G Suresh, said all jury members were satisfied with the selection of movies in Indian panorama section and that it was a very democratic exercise, while there were heated debates between the members on topics ranging from cinematography to acting.
He said that the increasing number of stories also pointed out that Indian audience was ready to watch and accept stories on gender and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues.
He noted that it was very difficult to select the opening film, since all films were so good, and that the one which could give the ultimate cinematic experience was finally chosen.
Film director, educationist and jury member for non-feature films, Parvathy Menon, said it was creativity of short film makers that made them stand apart from the rest.
She also pointed out there were short films with fantastic emotional content, on outstanding subjects which one would not think of making films on.
She added that every creator was a mother in one way.
Actor, producer, director and member of non feature Jury, Suneel Puranic, said this year there were relatively less number of entries from southern states which used to contribute much in the previous years. However, he pointed out that there were some brilliant films from Bengali and Marathi languages.
He lauded the film makers for their ability to experiment.