IFFI, which was postoned due to the coronavirus pandemic will now be held from January 16 to January 24.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) plays a crucial role in the development of arts and culture in the country. Javadekar was in the city to take part in the 51st edition of the festival, set to begin on Saturday.
The ceremony will be held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium here and will kickstart the festival’s first “hybrid mode” edition. All the delegates can participate and watch films and events virtually. The Union Minister said the physical screenings will follow strict coronavirus guidelines of social distancing.
“IFFI is an important event from the point of view of arts and culture. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 224 films from across the world will be screened in seven theatres, all of which will follow the coronavirus guidelines: social distancing, masks, sanitiser. “The festival this time would be hybrid, because of which the movies will also be available online,” Javadekar told reporters.
IFFI, which normally takes place from November 20-28 every year, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is kickstarting from 16th January.
Apart from this, the opening of the much-awaited NFDC Film Bazar will also be virtually inaugurated on the occasion. The festival is conducted jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals (under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa.