Panaji, Nov 28: The valedictory ceremony for the golden jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa got off to a dazzling start at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, in Talegaon, Goa, here, on Thursday.
Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo graced the closing ceremony, along with a host of dignitaries from the political and cinematic landscape.
Music legend Ilaiyaraja, veteran actor Prem Chopra and celebrities from India and abroad, including Takashi Miike, Vijay Deverakonda, Aanand L Rai walked the red carpet, adding to the colour and glamour of the star-studded evening.
Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Chandrakanth Kavlekar, Members of Parliament Roopa Ganguly and Ravi Kishan, Chief Secretary of Goa Parimal Rai, Vice Chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa Subhash Phal Desai, CEO of Entertainment Society of Goa Amit Satija, IFFI Steering Committee members Shaji N Karun, Rahul Rawail, and International Jury members John Bailey, Robin Campillo, Shri Ramesh Sippy were also present.
Opening the grandeur ceremony, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Amit Khare said IFFI 2020 and 2021 would be a tribute to legendary filmmaker of India Satyajit Ray whose centenary celebrations will be observed from next year.
“The event has been quite successful in bringing together film enthusiasts all over the world along with the well known filmmakers, artists and film critics. It will be our endeavour to have the 51st IFFI at an even larger scale. The 50th edition of IFFI had more than 190 films screened from 76 different countries which included 90 Indian premier, six world premier and 11 Asian premier. It is a matter of pride that this year we screened 24 Oscar submissions at IFFI. More than 12000 delegates participated which is also a record number.”, he said. (UNI)