IFFI opens today with Majidi's Beyond the Clouds


"The 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will begin today evening here which will be inaugurated by bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan".

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar released the official IFFI app, which will keep delegates informed about the festival.

More than 195 films from over 82 countries will be screened at the 9-day film festival.

"Beyond the clouds" by legendary Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi will be the opening film, while the Indo- Argentine film Thinking of Him by Pablo César will be the closing movie.

Of these, 10 would be world premieres, 10 Asian and worldwide premiers and over 64 Indian premieres. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smirti Irani tweeted in support of the festival, and Shahrukh Khan will be inaugurating it, while Salman Khan will close the the ceremony.

The focus country in this edition of the festival is Canada and curated cinema from the North American country will be screened in the presence of leading Canadian actors and film personalities.

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Around 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films, belonging to different languages, regions and cultures, will be screened in the Indian Panorama Section of the festival.

In the worldwide competition section of IFFI 2017, which carries a cumulative cash prize of over Rs 1 crore, 15 finest films of the year will be showcased.

IFFI will present the Lifetime Achievement award to Canadian director Atom Egoyan. Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali will head the worldwide competition jury.

Among many other firsts at the Festival, IFFI 2017 will present a specially curated section celebrating the most loved spy in films, James Bond.

The Indian Panorama section will be inaugurated by acclaimed actress SriDevi.