Mumbai Memoir 115 – IFFI’s ‘Golden’ Moments!
It’s hard to take a break from all the exciting activities I pursue in Mumbai, but over the years, the month of November has shaped up to be a time to hang up my boots and get away from the hustle bustle of my city. My ‘November annual retreat’ for the past eight consecutive years has been Goa. The central most reason for visiting Goa in this month is to attend the ‘International Film Festival of India (iffi) which is India’s top-most film festival. Best of world cinema from across the globe are screened at the festival in a span of 10 days. This year it is the 50th anniversary year of the festival!
The host organization that conducts the film festival is ‘Films Division’, which is the film unit of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Govt. of India. The very first iffi was held in 1952 in Mumbai, which was inaugurated by the 1st Prime Minister of India- Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru. Then the consequent years the festival was hosted at various other venues in Madras, Delhi, Kolkotta, Trivandrum etc. But it was in year 2004, the festival was hosted in Goa and since then the city has got the honour of hosting it till date.
The vision of the Ex-Chief Minister of Goa, Late. Mr. Manohar Parikkar has borne fruits, as iffi has lifted the cultural standards of Goan life. Goa is a fun-loving state as music festivals, art exhibitions dance shows and film festivals like iffi, are organized on a large scale. The stature of iffi has evolved over the years and during the festival the INOX & Kala Academy, Panjim area blooms every year with best art designs and artifacts. In 1952 only 25 countries participated in the festival, and this year there are 65 plus countries who have participated.
This year being the golden jubilee year, the festival is held from 20th to 28th of November’19. I am looking forward to visit as it would be exciting to watch for the novel concepts that the organizers intend to showcase. Such festivals are also a boost to tourism activities as locals and foreigners explore around. Both layman and professionals just don’t come to view movies at the festival but also take the opportunity to enjoy the entire feel of being in Goa during the festival.
Here’s sharing my favourite nostalgic moments from the festival so far. As per my experience, it is a casual mood throughout the film festival as one discusses movies in the background of seashores, beer and the magic of Goa!