IFFI 2023 l NFDC Film Bazaar is fast expanding horizons: Union I & B Minister

By: Honey Agarwal / Amit kumaR Agarwal
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Sports & Youth Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur noted at a press conference via video conferencing that NFDC Film Bazaar is fast expanding its horizons, welcoming a diverse international audience and fostering cross-cultural collaborations.
"The introduction of the VFX & Tech Pavilion and a documentary section showcased innovation and non-fiction storytelling,” he said.
The Minister also emphasized the dual mission of preserving the old and promoting the new. “The 'Film Challenge' under '75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow' showcased young talents. The films presented by the young creative minds were thought provoking and dealt with a very important topic of protecting and preserving the environment. Notably, 45 of the 75 Creative Minds have already been offered opportunities to present their ideas to leading companies in the sector.

Thakur congratulated Michael Douglas for receiving the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023 and thanked Hollywood star, Catherine Zeta Jones, for accompanying Douglas to make the moment special for all at IFFI.
Thakur observed that the 54th edition of International film festival of India (IFFI 54) was a celebration of unity in diversity, embodying the spirit of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: One Earth, One Family One Future’, bringing together creative minds, filmmakers, cinema lovers, and cultural enthusiasts from across the globe. 
“The clarion call to embrace the philosophy of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ given by our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being followed in IFFI also. This edition of IFFI was truly extraordinary, filled with notable firsts and ground breaking achievements that showcased the best of filmmaking”, Thakur said while delivering a video message at the closing ceremony of IFFI.

Thakur noted that the 54th IFFI showcased around 250 films, totaling close to 30,000 minutes of viewing, representing 68 international and 17 Indian languages from 78 countries. “The festival featured 23 Masterclasses, In-Conversation sessions, some accessible both physically and virtually. Close to 50 Gala Red carpets organised during the festival provided a boost to the whole celebration”. 
The Minister also acknowledged the support of the jury members whose valuable time and dedicated efforts played a pivotal role in shaping the 54th edition of the festival. Highlighting the efforts towards inclusivity and accessibility made by IFFI, the Minister said that films were specially curated for differently-abled film-lovers so that they could enjoy the beauty of cinema at big screens with the help of sign language and audio descriptions. “We made sure to include more than 40 movies directed by women, celebrating their talent”, he added.
Congratulating the efforts of National Film Heritage Mission to restore old classics, the Minister said that over 5,000 films and documentaries of multiple languages in the 4K digital format will be restored ensuring that the future generations of Bharat can appreciate, enjoy and be inspired by these great works. “A specially curated section of seven films restored under the National Film Heritage Mission were screened at the 54th  IFFI to great appreciation of film-lovers”, Thakur remarked.

In closing, the Minister expressed gratitude to the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) team, and the State Government of Goa, led by Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant, for their dedicated efforts in making the festival a success. The Minister concluded by congratulating all filmmakers, actors, and creators, urging them to carry forward the storytelling spirit, unity, and creativity beyond IFFI.