Goa is gearing up for celebrations in the months of November and December. The 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will keep Goa in the swing of global cinema culture from November 20 to 30. Goa will celebrate the Sunburn Festival with a huge fanfare in the last week of December. IFFI Goa, a most illustrious film festival in the Asia Pacific region, has been the meeting point for luminaries in Indian Cinema and global cinema since 1952. It witnesses participation by filmmakers, both renowned and budding, from around the world. It celebrates creative excellence in different fields of cinema including filmmaking, screenplay writing, acting, cinematography, film editing, and choreography.
Indian Panorama 2014 has recently announced the list of finalists whose entries have been selected for screening in the Feature Films and the Non-Feature Films category at the 45th International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa, this year.
Led by Shri A.K. Bir, a renowned filmmaker, the Jury of 13 members for the ‘Feature Films’ category has finalized 26 films out of 181 entries from different states of India. the Jury for Feature Films incorporates K.N.T. Sastry, a director from Hyderabad; Archana, an actress from Chennai; Ganga Raju, a writer-director from Hyderabad, Oinam Gautam Singh, a director from Imphal; Vinod Ganatra, a director from Mumbai; A.S. Kanal, Cinematographer from Pune; Satarupa Sanyal, an actress-director from Kolkata, Sameer Hanchate, a director from Mumbai; Utpal Burpujari, a director from Delhi; M.C. Raja Narayana, a writer-film critic from Kerala, Gautaman Bhaskaran, a film critic from Chennai; and Advaita Kala, a write from Delhi.
The Jury for Feature Films in Indian Panorama has selected Elizabeth Ekadashi, a Marathi film by Paresh Mokashi, as the opening film from the list of 26 feature films to be shown at IFFI 2014.
The list of Indian feature films to be screened at 45th International Film Festival of India:
- Punashcha by Souvik Mitra in Bengali
- Chotoder Chobi by Kaushik Ganguli in Bengali
- Bodhon by Ayananshu Banerjee in Bengali
- Jodi Love Dile Na Praane by Sudeshna Roy & Abhijit Guha in Bengali
- Teenkahon by Bauddhayan Mukherji in Bengali
- Gour Hari Dastaan – The freedom File by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan in Hindi
- Ankhon Dekhi by Rajat Kapoor in Hindi
- Ek Hazarachi Note by Shrihari Sathe in Marathi
- Elizabeth Ekadashi by Paresh Mokashi in Marathi
- Killa by Avinash Arun in Marathi
- Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero by Samruddhi Porey in Marathi
- Yellow by Mahesh Limaye in Marathi
- Lokmanya – Ek Yugpurush by Om Raut in Marathi
- A Rainy Day by Rajendra Talak in Marathi
- Othello by Hemanta Kumar Das in Assamese
- 1-December by P. Sheshadri in Kannada
- Adim Vichar by Sabyasachi Mohapatra in Odiya
- Kuttram Kadithal by Bramma G. in Tamil
- Ri by Pradip Kurbah in Khasi
- 1983 by Abrid Shine in Malayalam
- North 24 Kaatham by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon in Malayalam
- Njan Steve Lopez by Rajeev Ravi in Malayalam
- Drishyam by Jeethu Joseph in Malayalam
- Munnariyippu by Venu in Malayalam
- Swapaanam by Shaji N. Karun in Malayalam
- Njaan by Ranjith in Malayalam
Headed by Shri Mike Pandey, an eminent filmmaker, the Jury of 7 members for the ‘Non-Feature Films’ category has finally listed 15 films from among 100 entries for IFFI 2014. The members of the ‘Non-Feature Films’ Jury are Oinam Doren, a director-producer from Imphal; Shila Datta, a director from Kolkata; Vivek Mohan, a director from Mumbai; Babu Kambrath, a producer-director from Kerala; R.Buvana, a producer-director from Chennai; and Abhiram Bhadkamkar, actor-writer from Mumbai.
The jury for Non-Feature Films in Indian Panorama has selected The Last Adieu, an English film by Shabnam Sukhdev, as the opening film from the list of 15 non-feature films to be shown at IFFI 2014.
The list of Indian non-feature films to be screened at 45th International Film Festival of India:
- The Last Adieu by Shabnam Sukhdev in English
- My Father Namgyal by Utpal Das in English
- On and Off The Records by Pratik Biswas in English
- Womb on Rent by Ishani K Dutta in English
- Qissa-E-Parsi by Divya Cowasji, Shilpi Gulati in English & Hindi
- Songs of the Blue Hills by Utpal Borpujari in English & Nagemese
- Songs of the Bards of Bengal – The Bauls and Fakirs by Monalisa Dasgupta in English & Bengali
- An American in Madras by Karan Bali in English, Hindi & Tamil
- Bahadur The Accidental Brave by Aditya Seth in English & Nepalese
- Candles in the Wind by Kavita Bahl & Nandan Saxena in English & Punjabi
- A Dream Never Dies by Aneisha Sharma in Assamese
- Bhoomiyil Chuvadurachu by Vipin Vijaya in Malayalam
The 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2014) is worth flying to Goa for catching offbeat films of different languages on different themes, unusual topics and enlightening stories, in November. Cheap flights to Goa on the USA-India airlines are available on IndianEagle.com.