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53rd International Film Festival of India all set to open in Goa

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The 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will begin in Goa this evening. The opening ceremony will be held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium near Panaji. A total of 280 films from 79 countries will be screened during the nine-day event. 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films will be showcased in the Indian Panorama section, while 183 films will be part of international programming.

Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award to be given to Spanish film director Carlos Saura at the opening ceremony. France is the ‘Spotlight’ country and 8 films will be screened under the Country Focus package.

One of Asia’s oldest film festivals - IFFI will open with Austrian Director Dieter Berner’s Alma and Oskar. Film personalities Mrunal Thakur, Varun Dhawan, Catherine Teresa, Sara Ali Khan, Karthik Aryan and Amritha Khanvilkar will grace the opening ceremony. Goa Governor PS Sreedharan, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur and Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting L Murugan will also be present on the occasion.

The opening ceremony will see cultural performances by top film celebrities from across the country. Music and dance groups from India and abroad will also perform at the opening ceremony. The theme of the Opening Ceremony is “Evolution of Indian Cinema in the last 100 years”, keeping with the spirit of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations. (THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)

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