The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has just unveiled its lineup. The fest will be held from 20 to 28 November in Goa and will feature around 250 films from 76 countries.
A selection of Amitabh Bachchan's films will also be showcased, as the megastar was recently announced to receive a Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar had this to say while announcing the 2019 edition of the annual film gala.
"“Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner Shri. 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,”" - Prakash Javadekar
Javadekar announced that the Indian Panorama section this year has 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films. To mark the festival's golden jubilee year, 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019 will also be screened.
Apart from a collection of the latest art cinema gems from all across the world, several contemporary Bollywood mainstream films will be screened at the festival, too. These include Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Super 30 and Badhaai Ho.
This year, the Feature Film Jury is headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Priyadarshan. The Jury has chosen Abhishek Shah's Gujarati film Hellaro which recently won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards as the opening film of Indian Panorama.
Ashish Pandey's Nooreh has been selected as opening film in the Non-Feature Film category of Indian Panorama. The Non-Feature Jury is headed this year by well-known documentary filmmaker Rajendra Janglay .
In a first, the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI will screen films with audio description for the visual impaired. In all, over 10,000 people are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition of IFFI.
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