In what is going to be a record for the festival, the 48th edition of the International Film Festival India (IFFI) will feature more than 30 women filmmakers. The nine-day long festival will see as many as 195 films from over 82 countries which include 10 world premieres, 10 Asian and international premieres and over 64 Indian premieres.
The inauguration to the festival will be with filmmaker Majid Majidi’s film ‘Beyond The Clouds’ and will end with the world premiere of the Indo-Argentine co-production ‘Thinking of Him’ directed by Pablo Cesar.
The opening ceremony will celebrate the journey and contribution of women in Indian cinema with a special ‘Ode to a Woman’ performance. The ceremony is all set to show how the changing face of women in Indian films from the 50s till today. From the film industry, people like Divya Dutta, Nagesh Kukunoor, Nana Patekar, Sudhir Mishra, and Mukesh among others are expected to be present. Suhasini Maniratnam and Surveen Chawla will host the event.
With more than 30 films directed by women filmmakers the festival will highlight the uprising of women in the industry and will portray the different style of movies produced by women directors.
The 2017 edition of the festival will also host a mixed reality sidebar featuring ‘Virtual Reality’ and ‘Augmented Reality’ activities in addition to a series of master classes and panel discussions featuring the who’s who of the entertainment industry, including noted filmmakers Atom Egoyam, Shekhar Kapur, Nitesh Tiwari and Farah Khan.
With so many women filmmakers featuring in this year’s festival, it surely shows the growth of women filmmakers in the world and also gives a strong message of how filmmaking is not gender-biased.