Union Minister Announces Restoration of 5,000+ Films in 4K Format and Highlights IFFI Triumphs


Union Minister Announces Restoration of 5,000+ Films in 4K Format and Highlights IFFI Triumphs.

In a momentous announcement, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting reveals the restoration of over 5,000 films in diverse languages, embracing cutting-edge 4K digital format, as part of the National Film Heritage Campaign. Additionally, the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) witnessed remarkable debuts and accolades, including the prestigious Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon film legend Michael Douglas.

Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, speaking at the closing ceremony of IFFI, emphasized the festival’s embodiment of unity in diversity, echoing the philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam – One Land, One Family, One Future.” The edition served as a global platform uniting creative minds, filmmakers, cinephiles, and cultural enthusiasts. Minister Thakur highlighted the festival’s unprecedented nature, featuring notable firsts and showcasing the pinnacle of filmmaking and revolution.

A staggering 250 films, offering a total viewing time of approximately 30,000 minutes, were screened at IFFI 54. Minister Thakur underscored the inclusion of 68 international and 17 Indian language films from 78 different countries. The festival included 23 master classes, in-conversation sessions, and virtual media interactions, complemented by 50 gala red carpet receptions, contributing to the vibrant celebration.

Minister Thakur acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the honorable judges, emphasizing their pivotal role in shaping the festival’s unique identity. Highlighting IFFI’s commitment to inclusiveness and accessibility, he noted special screenings with sign language and audio descriptions for disabled cinephiles and showcased over 40 films directed by women.

Commending the National Film Heritage Campaign, Minister Thakur praised the ongoing restoration of over 5,000 films and documentaries in 4K format. He emphasized the significance of preserving classical films for future generations to appreciate, enjoy, and draw inspiration from.

The Minister highlighted the “Film Challenge” presented by “75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow,” showcasing youth talent and addressing critical themes such as environmental conservation. The NFDC Film Bazaar expanded its global reach, fostering inter-cultural collaborations, and the Minister applauded the launch of the “VFX & Tech Pavilion” and the Documentary section, showcasing innovation and non-fiction storytelling.

Closing the ceremony, Minister Thakur congratulated Michael Douglas on receiving the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 and expressed gratitude to Catherine Zeta-Jones for her special shout-out to IFFI. He extended congratulations to the Golden Peacock Awards winners and the recipients of the inaugural Best Web Series (OTT) Award. The Minister thanked the Goa State Government, led by Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant, and the NFDC team for ensuring the festival’s success. He encouraged filmmakers, actors, and creators to continue their passion for storytelling, envisioning a lasting impact beyond IFFI’s culmination.

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