Prakash Kamat

PANAJI: The curtains will come down on the 11-day 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here on Thursday evening with the screening of Spanish film Broken Wings by Pedro Almodóvar.

Malayalam actor Mammootty will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony to be held at 5.30 p.m. at the Kala Academy auditorium in the city. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will be present.

The festival will conclude with the presentation of the Golden and Silver Peacock awards for Best Film and Best Director and the Special Jury Awards.

Two Indian entries — Atanu Ghosh’s Bengali film Angshumaner Chhobi and Satish Manwar’s Marathi film Gabricha Paus — are part of the competition section among 13 other films chosen from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, Iran, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Argentina.

The results of the competition, with the prize money of $1,40,000, will be announced at the closing ceremony by the international jury headed by noted Brazilian director João Batista de Andrade. Other jury members include Vic Sarin (Canada), Kenichi Okubo (Tokyo), Sarika (India) and Jean-Michel Frodon (France).

The film festival, which was inaugurated by actors Waheeda Rehman and Asin on November 23, witnessed the screening of nearly 300 films from over 50 countries.

Over 6000 delegates, including media-delegates, attended the 11-day extravaganza.

For the first time in the history of the IFFI, according to DFF Director S.M. Khan, the organisers have introduced the Golden Peacock award with the Rs.40 lakh prize money to be shared between the best Director and the best Producer. The Best Director and Special Jury award along with the Silver Peacock carry the Rs.15 lakh prize money.

The “Cinema of the World” section this year showcased more than 55 films from 47 countries.

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