IFFI, one of the most significant film festivals in Asia, promises to bring in the best of the lot every year for the film enthusiasts around the world. In an attempt to make its 47th edition bigger and better, our teams have worked hard to add some new things to the table this time. Right from the vibrant decorations along the Mandovi Promenade, Full-fledged food court, Interactive workshops to the issue of RFID cards, the festival has brought into use several policies which were not implemented in the years before.
Some of the prominent ones are listed below:
IFFI becomes the first film festival in India to introduce a new trend by using the breakthrough technology of Barco. Its laser phosphor digital projector model ‘DP2K-20CLP’ offered an enhanced viewing experience, while allowing simple operations for projection. Instead of using the regular lamp based light source that degrades rapidly, this model worked with blue laser technology, where colours were generated through the phosphor wheel. As a result, an ultra-clear image quality was delivered to the festival audience.
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Accesible India, Accesible Films was a project undertaken by Saksham, an Indian NGO and UNESCO in collaboration with IFFI. This initiative aimed at empowering the underprivileged sections of the society. The program had featured movies with audio descriptions for the visually impaired children and those with low-vision. The elaborate mentions of the scenery, costumes, facial expression and body language gave them a true sense of what was happening on screen. 22 Indian films with such audio modifications were screened during these sessions.
National Film Archive of India (NFAI) had organised a multimedia exhibition to commemorate 70 years of Independence of India. It was depicted through films highlighting the contribution of our soldiers, people and freedom fighters from 1913, till date. The special feature of this year’s exhibit was the inclusion of virtual reality. There were two visuals shown at the exhibition via virtual reality gear- One was about the NFAI premises in Pune and the second was on the museum of movie posters, which enabled the visitors to watch it in 360 degrees.
For the first time, IFFI had made parallel engagements for the younger crowds by creating the concept of the Children’s Village at Bhagwan Mahaveer Bal Vihar, Panjim. The colourful decors around the venue included scenes from various cartoons and fictional characters like Mowgli, Charlie Chaplin and Spiderman. A variety of games, magic shows and competitions had also been organised. But, the most unique attraction of the village was a cinema hall for kids designed in the form of a bus. Several movies for children like Dhanak were screened in it.
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Apart from the films that were selected under various film categories, IFFI had also showcased the short films awarded at Swachh Bharat Film Festival. Short film Murga by debutant director Katyayan Shivpuri, was the opening film at IFFI under this special section. These films have been shot in various vernacular languages with subtitles in English. Their aim was to connect with every citizen in view of their responsibility to keep the country clean. Some other films listed under this category include Nanha Doot, Chembuku Moodindi, Sarkarmi Rati Wadho, Manini and Shelfee.
RFID (radio frequency identification) cards have been issued this year to monitor the footfalls and popularity of the films. Each card uses this chip based technology to record the movies attended by delegates automatically. The advantage of such cards was that it did not require direct contact or line-of-sight scanning. In addition to this, Online facility to book tickets for film screenings were also introduced.
The ICFT-UNESCO award has not only winessed a change in name from Felini to Gandhi Medal this year, but also a change in principle of its judging criteria. The award reflected UNESCO’s fundamental mandate of building peace in the mind of people, particularly human rights, intercultural dialogue, promotion and protection of diversity of cultural expressions. This medal of honor bore a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi engraved by the French artist Pierre-Yves Tremois. Etched underneath was the Mahatma’s message of hope: “In the midst of darkness light prevails”.
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Arka Mediaworks in Hyderabad, The team behind the famed movie Baahubali were here at IFFI with two virtual reality systems to mesmerise film lovers. A 56-seconds teaser trailer of the Sword of Baahubali was shown through these VR devices. It gave the viewers a 360-degree immersive experience into the movie’s mysterious world. Such a Virtual reality attraction was seen for the first time at IFFI. Earlier, the teaser had been screened at Mumbai Film Festival and Bangalore Comic Con 2016.
These were just a few things that stood out this year. Watch out for more innovative and interesting additions at the 48th edition of International Film Festival of India, 2017. We’re sure to surprise you then as well. Until then, its an Adios from IFFI.