Panaji, Goa: The 50th International Film Festival of India got off to a grand start at Panaji, here on Wednesday 20 November 2019.
At a grand ceremony hosted by the master of entertainment Karan Johar, the super star of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan and the ‘Thalaiva’ of Indian film industry Rajinikanth flagged off the extravaganza and announced the festival open, in the presence of Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and other official dignitaries.
Rajinikanth was conferred with the ‘Icon Of Golden Jubilee Award’ for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.
Famous film personalities, including the ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ star Jonathan Rhys Meyers; world known Cinematographer and Chairman of IFFI International Jury John Bailey; Indian film maker and Chairman of Indian jury Priyadarshan and other jury members of Indian and International jury graced the opening ceremony. A host of celebrities sashayed the red carpet, adding to the pomp and gaiety of the function.
The inaugural ceremony of the festival was also attended by Union Minister of AYUSH Shripad Naik, Union Minister of State for Enivironment, Forest & Climate Change Babul Supriyo, Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant, Secretary Information & Broadcasting Amit Khare and Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, A. Suryaprakash and Vice Chairman ESG, Subhash Phal Desai.
The 50th International Film Festival of India 2019 will showcase more than 200 films from 76 countries, with Russia as the country of focus. These would include 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition. The festival ends on Thursday 28 November, 2019. Around 7000 delegates are participating in the golden edition of IFFI.