IFFI 2011

  • Budget responsible for dying sport genre: Schwab 08-12-2011 07:06 PM

    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...
  • '3 Idiots' all set for Italian, English remake? 03-12-2011 12:49 PM

    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...
  • 'Another Planet' wins IFFI Short Film award 02-12-2011 11:45 AM

    Panaji: A short film by UK-based 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 01-12-2011 05:30 PM

    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...
  • 'Chota Cinema Centre': A window for filmmakers 01-12-2011 12:18 PM

    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...
  • New cinema technology on show at IFFI 30-11-2011 12:01 PM

    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...
  • Husain's documentary to be screened at IFFI 30-11-2011 11:50 AM

    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,...
  • IFFI's soccer film package turns a dull event 30-11-2011 11:35 AM

    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...
  • Parents of disabled kids look for filmmakers 28-11-2011 11:47 AM

    Panaji: If Aamir Khan's 'Taare Zameen par' (TZP) triggered a ripple of social consciousness vis-a-vis 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...
  • Agrentinian filmmaker wants Big B to play Tagore 27-11-2011 06:41 PM

    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...
  • Brazil director dies after heart attack in IFFI 27-11-2011 04:07 PM

    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...
  • Oz film legend apologises for attacks on Indians 27-11-2011 03:36 PM

    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 27-11-2011 01:16 PM

    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...
  • Would have begged Pinto to do 'Trishna': Director 27-11-2011 12:27 PM

    Panaji: Michael Winterbottom, director of Freida Pinto-starrer '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...
  • A football package at IFFI, Goa 27-11-2011 12:16 PM

    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...
  • Film shoots can boost tourism in India: Minister 27-11-2011 11:52 AM

    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...
  • Day 1 of IFFI: Of glamour and world cinema 25-11-2011 04:30 PM

    French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier was honoured with the lifetime achievement award in Goa. ...
  • Australian distributors praise Bollywood at IFFI 25-11-2011 01:37 PM

    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 24-11-2011 06:24 PM

    Panaji: The Church in Goa Thursday accused the Congress-led 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 socio-religious calendar, the feast of Spanish saint Francis Xavier. The Church was 'appalled' by...
  • Protesters swarm the IFFI 2011 venue 24-11-2011 04:53 PM

    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 ten-day extravaganza at Margao,...
  • Shah Rukh Khan offers to strip at IFFI opener 24-11-2011 12:00 PM

    Margao: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan Wednesday turned an otherwise drab official function into a rib-tickling 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 11-day...
  • Shah Rukh Khan inaugurates IFFI 2011 in Goa 23-11-2011 07:18 PM

    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...
  • Freida Pinto's 'Trishna' at IIFI 2011 23-11-2011 07:03 PM

    Panaji: Hollywood-based Indian actress Freida Pinto-starrer 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, co-producers Anurag Kashyap and Sunil Bohra as well...
  • 'Adaminte Makan Abu' is India's entry for IFFI 23-11-2011 11:42 AM

    Panaji: National award-winner '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, Germany,...
  • IFFI organisers to provide low cost facilities 22-11-2011 11:56 AM

    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...
  • 'Inklab' to be screened at IFFI 2011 21-11-2011 03:24 PM

    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. Chandigarh-based filmmaker Dr Gaurav Chhabra has shot this...
  • Special section for 3D films at IFFI 2011 21-11-2011 11:58 AM

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