IFFI 2011

  • Budget responsible for dying sport genre: Schwab December 8, 2011

    Panaji: A good sports film can actually promote a particular game but soaring budgets for such projects have kept smaller studios away from venturing into this genre of cinema, said renowned German film historian Jan Tilman Schwab. Schwab, who was recently in Goa to witness a package of soccer films at...
  • '3 Idiots' all set for Italian, English remake? December 3, 2011

    Panaji: The blockbuster success in India is not the end of the road for '3 Idiots'. The film's producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra says that the film is all set to be remade in Italian and in English for Hollywood. "We are in talks with 3 studios in Hollywood and one company...
  • 'Another Planet' wins IFFI Short Film award December 2, 2011

    Panaji: A short film by UKbased producer Jamie Nuttgens about child poverty in India today won the coveted Golden Lamp Award in the Short Film Section of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 here. 'Another Planet', directed by Smita Bhide, was adjudged the best film in the international competition...
  • R Madhavan denied entry to IFFI 2011 December 1, 2011

    Panaji: R Madhavan's fame as a Bollywood star with films like 'Rang De Basanti' and '3 Idiots' didn't help him gain access to the biggest film festival in India. The actor did not have a pass to the IFFI here and security guards denied him entry at the gate. Madhavan was...
  • 'Chota Cinema Centre': A window for filmmakers December 1, 2011

    Panaji: The 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here is not just about international cinema as the spotlight is also on local filmmakers who can showcase their talent in the Chota Cinema Centre and even win awards for their creativity. The only criterion is the director or producer should be...
  • New cinema technology on show at IFFI November 30, 2011

    Panaji: Every year IFFI strives to be different and succeeds. This year too, from movie buffs to filmmakers to students, everyone is lapping up the variety offered by the fest, which has kept its date with technology by showing four 3D films. Minor hiccups aside, the 42nd International Film Festival of...
  • Husain's documentary to be screened at IFFI November 30, 2011

    Panaji: A film documentary by late painter M.F. Husain will finally be screened at the ongoing 42nd International Film Festival of India despite right wing protests, said organisers Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, festival director Shankar Mohan said Husain's documentary 'Through the eyes of a painter' would 'definitely be screened' Wednesday, but...
  • IFFI's soccer film package turns a dull event November 30, 2011

    Panaji: The 42nd edition of IFFI's much touted soccer film package has turned out to be a damp squib with virtually no audiences turning up for the big screen event at a local football ground. The International Film festival of India (IFFI) director Shankar Mohan has expressed disappointment at the failure...
  • Parents of disabled kids look for filmmakers November 28, 2011

    Panaji: If Aamir Khan's 'Taare Zameen par' (TZP) triggered a ripple of social consciousness visavis autism, three women have come to IFFI this year armed with scripts and story ideas, aimed to carpet bomb the 'intellectual disability' cause further. Shalini Gupta, Neena Wagh and Kusum Tiwari all mothers of intellectually...
  • Agrentinian filmmaker wants Big B to play Tagore November 27, 2011

    Panaji: If Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Cesar has his way, Amitabh Bachchan may soon play Bengal's literary giant Rabindranath Tagore in a film. Cesar, whose film 'Shores' is being screened at the 42nd International Film festival of India (IFFI), said that he wanted Bachchan to play the artistic genius in his next...
  • Brazil director dies after heart attack in IFFI November 27, 2011

    Panaji: Brazilian film director Oscar Maron Filho, who was in Panaji to attend the ongoing International film festival of India (IFFI), died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 56. Filho was speaking at the open forum here this afternoon when he suffered a heart attack. He was rushed...
  • Oz film legend apologises for attacks on Indians November 27, 2011

    Panaji: Australian film legend Phil Noyce on Sunday apologised on behalf of Australians for the spate of attacks on Indian students studying in his country. Noyce, several of whose films have been based on apartheid both in Africa as well as the neglect of the native aborigine population Down Under,...
  • No screening of Husain's film at IFFI November 27, 2011

    Panaji: Bowing to pressure from rightwing Hindu groups, organisers of the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) deferred the screening of legendary artist M.F. Husain's documentary. Speaking to reporters Sunday, IFFI director Shankar Mohan said the screening of 'Through the Eyes of a Painter' was a homage by the film...
  • Would have begged Pinto to do 'Trishna': Director July 11, 2012

    Panaji: Michael Winterbottom, director of Freida Pintostarrer 'Trishna' , said he would have 'begged' the Indian actress to play the lead role in his adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the d'Ubervilles. Recounting how easily he had selected the 'Slumdog Millionaire' star for the role of 'Trishna', Winterbottom said he...
  • A football package at IFFI, Goa November 27, 2011

    Panaji: If Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was the 'black diamond' of football, legendary Brazilian scribe Mario Rodrigues Filho was the one who honed him and presented him to the world, according to a renowned Brazilian filmmaker. Oscar Maron Filho, whose film 'Mario Filho: The Creator of Crowds'...
  • Film shoots can boost tourism in India: Minister November 27, 2011

    Panaji: Film shooting could be a major growth for the tourism industry in India, union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay said Saturday, promising a tax reimbursement structure soon to attract more filmmakers to the country. Sahay was speaking to reporters at the 42nd International Film Festival of India that is being...
  • Day 1 of IFFI: Of glamour and world cinema November 25, 2011

    French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier was honoured with the lifetime achievement award in Goa. ...
  • Australian distributors praise Bollywood at IFFI November 25, 2011

    Panaji: Australian distributors are of the opinion that Bollywood connects brilliantly with its local audience, something filmmakers Down Under are yet to learn. "Australia has a small audience for its local cinema whereas India has an enormous and enthusiastic audience for its local cinema," said Julia Marlow from Screen Producers...
  • IFFI 'foisted' on people, says Goa Church November 24, 2011

    Panaji: The Church in Goa Thursday accused the Congressled governments in New Delhi and Goa of being insensitive to local sentiments and 'foisting' a film festival on a state heading to the biggest event in its socioreligious calendar, the feast of Spanish saint Francis Xavier. The Church was 'appalled' by the...
  • Protesters swarm the IFFI 2011 venue November 24, 2011

    Panaji: The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) seems attracting connoisseurs of cinema and the protesters alike as the latter are digging their heels in in a bid to make the Goa Government relent on a couple of issues. When actor Shah Rukh yesterday inaugurated the tenday extravaganza at Margao, police...
  • Shah Rukh Khan offers to strip at IFFI opener November 24, 2011

    Margao: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Wednesday turned an otherwise drab official function into a ribtickling affair by offering to strip and reveal his bermudas on stage at the inauguration of the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Shah Rukh, the chief guest at the inauguration of the 11day festival,...
  • Shah Rukh Khan inaugurates IFFI 2011 in Goa November 23, 2011

    Margao: Indian films need to be technologically sound in order to compete with films made abroad, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Margao, 35 km from Panaji, Shah Rukh said: "The technological...
  • Freida Pinto's 'Trishna' at IIFI 2011 November 23, 2011

    Panaji: Hollywoodbased Indian actress Freida Pintostarrer Trishna will be screened Friday at the 42nd International Film Festival of India here. Trishna is about a woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Freida, along with director Michael Winterbottom, coproducers Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra as well as...
  • 'Adaminte Makan Abu' is India's entry for IFFI November 23, 2011

    Panaji: National awardwinner 'Adaminte Makan Abu' is is India's official entry into the competition section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 that will begin in Goa from today. The international competition section also has films from countries including Belgium, Philippines, Russia, Japan, Iran, Ireland, Colombia, Israel,...
  • IFFI organisers to provide low cost facilities November 22, 2011

    Panaji: Delegates for the forthcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2011 won't have to pinch their pockets much with the organisers making arrangements for affordable food and low cost accommodation. "The delegates would be provided a tent accommodation at the IFFI village, 2 kms away from the main venue on...
  • 'Inklab' to be screened at IFFI 2011 November 21, 2011

    Panaji: Inklab, a film based on citizen activism, made much before the Anna Hazare movement picked up in the country, will be screened in the forthcoming edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in its Short Film Center section here. Chandigarhbased filmmaker Dr Gaurav Chhabra has shot this guerilla...
  • Special section for 3D films at IFFI 2011 November 21, 2011

    Panaji: The 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will showcase 40 digital films during the tenday extravagnza, screening them through Qube server. The organisers have roped in New Delhiheadquartered Real Image Media Technologies Private Limited (RIMTPL) to project the 2D and 3D movies in four auditoriums during the fest...