At a press conference, held on 1 October, DFF head Neelam Kapur
told journalists: "There are various ways of popularising and propagating
about the film festival. Keeping pace with the changing times, we
have decided to use the FM radio channels this year wherein interviews,
information and details about other activities would be aired on
the FM channels as it's also a popular medium amongst people."
With films being targeted as a big revenue earner for the country,
India's information and broadcasting ministry has sanctioned a budget
of Rs 16 million. The state government of National capital territory
of Delhi will bear the cost incurred on hotel accommodation, domestic
air travel, international air travel, outdoor publicity and hiring
For the film aficionados, here's some details about the 34 IFFI
where the topics for seminars also include the effect changing technology
has had on the process of film making.
The festival offices will be located within the Siri Fort Complex,
Theatre-wise details are given below:
For Press & Delegates
1. SIRI FORT - I Cinema of the World
2. SIRI FORT - II Indian Panorama / Asian Competition/Indian Retro
3. SIRI FORT - III Foreign Retrospective / Indian Panorama (N/ Features)
4. SIRI FORT- IV Market Screening/Spill Over of some Retros For
Public: (i) ANUPAM - PVR (2) (ii) ANUPAM - PVR (3) (iii) ANUPAM
- PVR (4)
FESTIVAL LOGO AND POSTER
The festival logo is based on the National bird Peacock and the
posters on display for this year have been designed by DAVP. It
maintains the essential theme of the festival, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakom
(The whole world is one family). The IFFI poster gives an impression
of a peacock dancing on the globe, heralding the festive mood.
1. INAUGURAL FUNCTION
The Inaugural Function of the 34 International Film Festival of
India (IFFI 2003) will be held on the evening of 9 October 2003
at Siri Fort Auditorium - I, New Delhi. The chief guest will be
the deputy prime minister L K Advani and the guest of honour will
be Kamal Hassan, Kareena Kapoor will be the Thali girl.
2. ASIAN COMPETITION SECTION
The highlight of this festival would be the Asian Competition Section.
This will present the latest cinematic trends in Asia and would
be screened before an International Jury of five members. An Asian
Director will give the Golden Peacock award for the 'best film'
while the Silver Peacock will be given to the most promising Asian
Director. A 'special jury' award will be given to the director of
a film for his individual artistic contribution. This section will
consist of attractive cash prize of Rs 500,000 (Golden Peacock),
Rs 250,000 (Silver Peacock) and Rs 250,000 (Special Jury Award)
respectively, a medal and a certificate.
3. CINEMA OF THE WORLD
About 55 films from around 40 countries, made in the last two years,
will be presented in this section. These include films, which have
won international awards or have earned critical acclaim.
4. RETROSPECTIVES/ COUNTRY FOCUS / WORKSHOP
This section will include various packages of films that will try
to reflect the rich cultural flavors arising from the social milieus
of different countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, & South America.
1. Retrospective of films by Lars Von Trier.
2. Retrospective of Martin Karmitz
3. Country focus on Switzerland.
4. Seminar on Literature & Cinema.
5. Technical Retro.
5. INDIAN PANORAMA
18 feature and 13 non-feature Indian films selected by a selection
panel of eminent film personalities under Indian Panorama scheme
will be screened under this section.
6. MAINSTREAM INDIAN CINEMA
12 popular Indian films released during 2002 will be screened during
7. INDIAN RETROSPECTIVE/ HOMAGE
A total of 11 feature films directed & produced by B R Chopra and
K S Sethumadhavan representing social issues in Indian cinema would
be presented. Special homage will be paid to the actress Leela Chitnis
who passed away recently.
As in the past about 3000 delegates, foreign and Indian are likely
to be registered for the festival. The foreign delegates would include
film personalities, directors, actors, actresses, producers and
representatives of film organizations, International film festival
directors and selectors and journalists.
9. PRESS RELATIONS
As in previous years, films journalists and critics from all over
the country will be accredited to the festival. An accreditation
committee headed by the principal information officer to the government
of India will go through the applications and select critics for
accreditation. A fully equipped media centre will be set up at Siri
It is proposed to have two seminars on the subjects viz.
(1) Seminar by Indian Organisation and Mass Communication, FFI &
FFSI titled. "Intellectual & Property Theft"
(2) Seminar by FFSI titled "Literature and Cinema".
11. OPEN FORUM
The Federation of Film Societies of India (in the city where the
festival will held) will organise an open forum for initiating a
dialogue between filmmakers, critics and delegates.
12. BUDGET The Ministry has sanctioned a budget of Rs. 16 million.
The State Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi will
provide hotel accommodation, domestic air travel, international
air travel, outdoor publicity and hiring of transport.
ASIAN COMPETITION SECTION
(In course of time)
journey to Jerusalem
in the afternoon
Im Chang Joe
Ira Madiyama (August Sun)
Kirilli (The Wind Bird)
JURY MEMBERS FOR ASIAN COMPETITION
1. Krzystof Zanussi - Chairperson
2. Ms. Peng Xiaolian - Member
3. Mr. Istvan Gaal - Member
4. Mr. Girish Kasaravalli - Member
5. Mr. Gautaman Bhaskaran - Member