Open Forum begins at IFFI on Wednesday

PANAJI: The Open Forum, which has been an integral part of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) for the past 29 years, will begin here on Wednesday. The Open Forum is a platform where filmmakers, actors, jury members, senior government officials, organisers of film festivals from India and abroad exchange their views and ideas in a free and frank manner.
The topic for Wednesday’s Open Forum is “New Challenges in Organising Film Festivals and the speakers are IFFI Director Sunit Tandon, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) CEO Amey Abhyankar and Kiran V Shantaram from Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI), among others.
The Open Forum is being organised by the FFSI, in collaboration with National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and the ESG. The Open Forum was introduced at the Thiruvananthapuran Filmotsav in 1988 at the initiative of local film societies and the FFSI.
Other important events lined up for Wednesday include a press conference by cast and crew of Hindi films ‘Pihu’ and ‘Pushkar Puran’, which were the opening films of the Indian Panorama section in feature film and Non-Feature film categories of IFFI.
Cast and crew of Marathi movie Pimpal will present their film which is scheduled for screening on Wednesday. IFFI will also screen Hindi film ‘Secret Superstar’ for visually impaired persons with audio described technology at 2 PM.
This film is being screened under Accessible India campaign and in collaboration with UNESCO and Saksham Trust. The audio description gives a visually impaired person a true sense of what is happening on the screen.
Other important movies scheduled for screening on Wednesday include Bahubali 2: The Conclusion, Tamil film Manusangada, Odia film Khyanika, Bengali film Meghnadbod Rohosyo and The Second Mother from Brazil.
A number of panel discussions are also scheduled on Wednesday on topics like ‘Children’s films in Indian cinema,’ ‘Is Contemporary Cinema Reflecting the Literature of Our Times’ and Masterclass by Craig Mann from Hollywood Sound Department. (AGENCIES)
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