The 46th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all set to conclude with a grand closing ceremony to be held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Goa. Honorable Minister of State, I&B, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd) along with Honorable Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, Honorable Chief Minister Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar and Secretary I&B, Shri Sunil Arora will inaugurate the closing ceremony. The ceremony will be compered by actors Lillete Dubey and Kabir Bedi.
Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa, Shri. Damodar Naik, Chief Secretary, Government of Goa, Shri R.K Srivastava, Secretary General ICFT, Ms. Lola Poggi Goujon, CEO, Entertainment Society of Goa, Ameya Abhyankar will also be present at the event.
A.R. Rahman is the Chief Guest of the evening. International Jury members including the chairperson, Shekhar Kapur, UK based BAFTA winner director, Micheal Radford, Palestinian based Israel director, Ms. Suha Arraf, German Actress, Julia Jentsch and South Korean filmmaker Jeon Kyu-Hwan will also grace the closing ceremony. The festival will also mark the presence of noted international and national film celebrities.
This year the festival hosted more than 750 film delegates including 500 national and 250 international directors, actors, producers, technicians including Oscar Academy members and Hollywood experts like Mark Mangini, Milt Shefter, Humphrey Dixon and Nancy Bhishop. In a special series titled “In Conversation” the film lovers interacted with esteemed filmamkers like Rajkumar Hirani, Madhur Bhandarkar, Shyam Benegal, Vettrimaran, Kaushik Ganguly, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Priyadarshan, Anand L Rai etc.
Noted filmmakers and international celebrities Pablo Ceaser, John D. Bails, Guneet Monga, Michael Ward, Nishith Takia, Ioanna Stais, Young Woo Kim, Matthew Brown, Edward Pressman, Dev Patel, Devika Bhise also attended the festival. National Award winning film makers like Aribam Syam Sharma, Bhagirathi, Tapan Biswas, Rajendra Janglay, Srijit Mukherji along with other Indian cinema stalwarts met their fans and interacted with media and fans.
The internationally-acclaimed ‘Shillong Chamber Choir’ will present a soul-touching performance at the event. The choir, which shot to fame after winning reality talent show, India’s Got Talent 2 will present a performance on the musical journey of Indian cinema. Famous Sand Artist, Rahul Arya will also present his mesmerising sand art performance at the ceremony.