The 50th edition of IFFI came to a close with ‘Particles’ directed by Blaise Harrison winning the Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film. NT KURIOCITY brings you all the details
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It was an evening of glamour and glitz as delegates, cine enthusiasts and people from various parts of Goa made their way to Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Stadium, Taleigao for the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
Hosted by actors Sonali Kulkarni and Kunal Kapoor, the ceremony began with the address of Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Amit Khare who threw light on how the 50th edition was different and special. “The 50th edition had many firsts like Master Frames, Golden Peacock Retrospective, Restored Indian Classics, Konkani Film Package, Soul of Asia and Retrospective of New Wave Cinema,” he said.
And with the centenary of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray being celebrated in 2020-21, the next edition of IFFI ie IFFI 2020 will be dedicated to him, added Khare.
Chief Executive Officer of Entertainment Society of Goa, Amit Satjia, also spoke about the nine-day film extravaganza. “Exactly nine days ago, the golden jubilee edition of IFFI was inaugurated with a promise to the delegates to provide them with a bigger and better film viewing experience. Now after nine days I hope those who attended the festival have had a great time as we hosted many wonderful guests from more than 40 countries,” he said. This was followed by the screening of a video showcasing the grandeur and landmarks achieved at the 50th edition of the festival.
Following this, music maestro, llaiyaraaja; filmmaker Manju Bohra; film director, Pavan Kumar; actor, Prem Chopra; actor, Arvind Swami; and Kathak dancer, Birju Maharaj (who couldn’t attend the function) were felicitated for their contribution to Indian cinema by Governor of Goa, Satya Pal Malik; Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, and other dignitaries
As part of this segment, singer turned politician, minister of state for environment, forest and climate change, Babul Supriyo sang a few lines of the much loved song ‘Ae Zindagi Gale Lagale’ on the request of the Governor as a tribute to the creator of the song, llaiyaraaja.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant then addressed the gathering, highlighting how the 50th IFFI has been a landmark festival through various advancements and initiatives like paperless ticketing, single use plastic at the festival, and single window clearance for film shooting, among others.
“IFFI 2019 has given another opportunity to watch films that were not just entertaining but also brought a strong message for us to introspect on. It also gave an opportunity to interact with eminent film personalities as well as learn from the masters about their art,” he said. “Our vision for IFFI has always been progressive and we want to get better each year and make sure that our guests and delegates enjoy the festivals,” he said.
Minister Babul Supriyo also highlighted how IFFI has been growing in terms of showcasing cinema of the world. He congratulated the organisers under the leadership of minister of information and broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar; and Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant for making the golden jubilee edition of IFFI a treat for cine enthusiasts. “With such great endeavours happening on Goan soil and Goa being a really appropriate venue for IFFI this is one arena which will help filmmakers evolve by getting to know each other and exchange ideas. We strive to improve our facilities and accommodate more female participants at the festival. Keeping this in mind we have also provided a platform for 50 female directors from all over the world to screen their brilliant work,”
Following the felicitation of the members of the International Jury led by John Bailey, which also included Robin Campillo, Zhang Yang, Lynne Ramsay, and Ramesh Sippy by Deputy Chief Minister Babu Kavlekar and vice chairman ESG, Subhash Phaldessai, the much awaited awards segment began. However, barring four recipients, it was sad to see that the rest of the awardees were not present to receive the awards at the grand
A trailer of the closing film ‘Marge and her Mother’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makmalbaf was also screened.
In his address, Governor, Satya Pal Malik spoke about his love for cinema and about Kashmir in his long extempore. “Today, people learn a lot from films and one can’t forget what films teach you. Films have evolved in many ways but they do not always show you what is happening in the society. I urge filmmakers to highlight the issues that are happening as films play a role educating people about the crisis in society,” he said.
The evening ended with a lengthy dance performance titled ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat’ that showcased the heritage and culture of India. While people were seen walking out mid-way, the highlight was the performance by Hariharan who was later joined by Leslie Lewis.
Awards at IFFI 2019
‘Particles’, directed by Blaise Harrison and produced by Estelle Fialon, won the Golden Peacock Award which carries a cash prize of `40 lakh, trophy, and citation.
Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director Award for ‘Jallikattu’ (Malayalam). The Silver Peacock Award carries a citation and a cash prize of `15 lakhs.
Best Actor (Male) was awarded to Seu Jorge for ‘Marighella’ (Brazilian) while Best Actor (Female) was presented to Usha Jadhav for ‘Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005’ (Marathi) They were awarded with Silver Peacock Trophy, certificate and a cash prize of `10 lakh each.
Special Jury Award went to ‘Balloon’ (China) directed by Pema Tseden
The Best Debut Film went to ‘Monsters’ directed by Mariyus Olteanu and ‘Abou Leila’ directed by A Amin Sidi Boumediene. The award carried a Silver Peacock, certificate, and a cash prize of `10 lakh each
‘Hellaro’ directed by Abhishek Shah got the Special Mention.
‘Rwanda’, directed by Riccardo Salvetti won the ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal.
ICFT-UNESCO Special Mention went to ‘Bahattar Hoorain’, directed by Sanjay P Singh Chauhan
The Fellini Medal was awarded to International Film Festival of India (IFFI) on completion of its glorious 50 years.