New Delhi, Oct 6 : The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will showcase 241 movies, including 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section and around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.
The event will be held in Goa from November 20-28 and this year, the IFFI is celebrating its golden jubilee edition.
"Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Amitabh Bachchan's outstanding contribution to cinema will be honoured and celebrated through a package of his impactful and entertaining films in the 50th edition," Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
During the event, 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019, will also be showcased, the Minister added.
Indian Panorama is a flagship section of IFFI, which showcases the best of contemporary Indian Feature and Non-Feature Films of the years.
This year, the Feature Film Jury was headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Priyadarshan. HELLARO (Gujarati), directed by Abhishek Shah, has been chosen as the Opening Feature Film of the Indian Panorama, 2019.
The non-feature jury is headed by well-known documentary filmmaker Rajendra Janglay and the film selected as the Opening non-feature film of Indian Panorama 2019, was Kashmiri flick "Nooreh," directed by Ashish Pandey.
Russia will be the partner country at the film festival this year, Javadekar announced.
The 26 films to be screened under the feature film section, include Lijo Jose Pellissery's "Jallikettu"; "In The Land Of Poison Women", directed by Manju Borah; Aditya Dhar's "Uri: The Surgical Strike"; Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Super 30"; Ayushmann Khurrana-led "Badhaai Ho" and India's official entry to the Oscars, "Gully Boy", helmed by Zoya Akhtar.
In a first, movies with audio description will also be screened for the visually impaired, the Minister added.(UNI)