50th International Film Festival of India: 200 Films from 76 Countries to be Screened
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50th International Film Festival of India: 200 Films from 76 Countries to be Screened

50th International Film Festival of India will be held in Goa from 20-28 November, showcasing movies like Gully Boy, Super 30, Badhaai Ho and many others.

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is considered one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. This year the festival will be held in Goa from 20-28 November, with the screening of 200 films from 76 countries. 26 feature and 15 non-festure films will also be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Notable filmmaker Priyadarshan is heading the feature film jury this year at IFFI and Gujarati film Hellaro, directed by Abhishek Shah, has been selected as the opening feature film of the Indian Panorama. The non-feature jury at IFFI is being led by filmmaker Rajendra Janglay and Ashish Pandey’s Nooreh will be the non-feature film screened at the opening of the Indian Panorama.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has shared the details of the upcoming festival and said Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who recently won the Dadasaheb Phalke award, will also be honoured at the festival with the screening of his best films during IFFI.

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,” he said.

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Recent Bollywood hit films such as Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Super 30, and Badhaai will also be screened at the festival. To mark the golden jubilee of IFFI, 12 memorable films in different languages, which have also completed 50 years, will be showcased. A special film for visuall impaired people -- with special recorded narrations for the parts with no dialogues -- has also been included in the list of films. The minister said, “Since visually impaired people can’t experience the film in full as they can only hear the dialogues, the festival will also have the screening of one film which will have narrations recorded for the gaps. This is a new initiative for visually impaired people so that they can enjoy films to the fullest.”

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