New Delhi: Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance, said that International Film Festival of India held a special significance and had become a global brand in the world of cinema. The Minister said this while addressing the curtain raiser press conference on International Film Festival of India -2015. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister of Goa and Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary I&B were also present at the occasion.
Elaborating on the festival profile Shri Jaitley said the film festival would showcase 187 films from 89 countries in World Cinema section along with 26 Feature and 21 Non-Feature films in Indian Panorama section. Shri Anil Kapoor would be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony. The jury for International Competition included Chairperson Shri Shekhar Kapur along with Mr. Michael Radford, Ms. Julia Jentsch, Ms. Suha Arraf and Mr.Jeon Kyu-Hwan.
The 13-member Feature jury and 7- member Non-feature jury was headed by Shri Aribam Syam Sharma and Shri Rajendra Janglay respectively. The opening film of IFFI 2015 would be ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ by Matthew Brown. On the focus country for the film festival Shri Jaitley said that the ‘Kingdom of Spain’ would be the focus country for IFFI 2015.
The Minister further said that the film festival would also introduce a new segment- ‘First Cut’ to recognize the young talent in the field of cinema and would screen some of the outstanding directorial debuts of 2015. Shri Arun Jaitley also released the poster for the 46th International Film Festival at the press conference.