The 49th International Film Festival of India will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November. This edition of the festival will showcase 212 films from over 68 countries.
Read in Hindi: भारत अंतर्राष्ट्रीय फिल्म महोत्सव 20 नवम्बर से गोवा में
The festival will open with the world premiere of The Aspern Papers. The film tells a story of obsession, grandeur lost and dreams of Byronic adventures. The country of focus will be Israel and the opening film in this segment is The Other Story by Avi Nesher while Jharkhand has been selected as the state of focus. Movies in the Jharkhand Package include Death in the Gunj, Ranchi Diaries, Begum Jaan with others.
Sketch on screen is a section which has been proposed for the animation films. This section will screen around three international feature-length animation films done in collaboration with Indian studios.
Open-air screenings are also organized during the festival where a large screen is put up in a vast open area. Indian sports biopics will be screened on it. Films included in the section are Gold, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 1983, MSD: The untold story and Soorma.
A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the country, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is too showcased during IFFI. This year Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will be showcasing some of his best films including Achanak, Lekin and Amar Akbar Anthony.
A special package for visually impaired children special screenings with audio description will be organized for the children who are visually impaired. The festival will showcase the movies Sholay and Hichki under this section.