Film Festivals Current Affairs - 2019

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49th International Film Festival of India opens in Panaji, Goa

49th International Film Festival of India began in Panaji, capital of Goa. The theme of for this year’s film festival is New India through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports. Jharkhand is focus state for this year, with Jharkhand Day being celebrated on 24th November as part of festival. The focus country is Israel.

Key Facts

This edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries which reflects diversity of taste. International Competition section has 15 films out of which 3 are Indian.  Competition section represents films produced and co-produced by 22 countries. 26 feature and 21 non – feature Indian films will be screened in Indian Panorama section. The opening film of the festival was “The Aspern Papers”, which tells story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures.

This year as extension of Khelo India Branding, Indian Sports Biopics will also be screened including Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and MSD: The untold story. The festival will also includ tribute to iron man Sardar Patel. The Homage section of this festival will pay tribute to Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi, Karunanidhi and Kalpana Lajmi.

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

It is biggest state-backed film festival and conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa. It was founded in 1952 and since then held annually in Goa. It aims at providing common platform for cinemas of world to project the excellence of the film art. It also seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.

India to host European Union Film Festival

India is going to host 23rd European Union Film Festival (EUFF) on 18th to 24th June, 2018 at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. It is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting partnering with the Delegation of European Union (EU) and embassies of EU Member States in various city film club.

Key Facts

The European Union Film Festival will showcase 24 latest European films from 23 EU member states. It will screen movies from 23 EU states, thus celebrating diversity and will bring some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The selected films as part of the festival will be showcased in 11 cities across India including New Delhi, Port Blair, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Puducherry, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Goa from 18 June to 31 August 2018.

European Union (EU)

EU is an economic and political partnership consisting of 28 member countries. Law made in European Parliament is applicable and binding on all member states directly. Its member states are committed to same basic values: peace, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. It is single market allowing the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within internal market. The union has its own currency, Euro established as monetary union in 1999 and being used by 19 member countries. Moreover, within Schengen Area of EU, passport controls have been abolished. The capital of EU is located in Brussels, Belgium.