Briefing the media here, Shri Shankar Mohan, Festival Director, IFFI said, at the festival one can look forward to the international premier of Ang Lees much anticipated 3D Film Life of Pi, and also Kim Ki-duks much awaited movie Pieta. Apart from showcasing cinema of varied cultures of the world, the festival will also bring together stalwarts like Nitin Desai, Resul Pookutty, Debabrata Pain, Shyam Benegal, Avy Kaufman, Adoor Gopalakrishnan and David Womark taking Master Classes which will provide the audience with an opportunity of interacting with the masters themselves and learn the nuances of filmmaking. As a first of its kind initiative, Canon will do a technical workshop to increase knowledge about the nuances of filmmaking.
In the 43rd edition of IFFI, over a hundred movies will be screened as a part of the Indian Cinema and the World Cinema segments. The Indian Section will bring to the audience movies from across the country in the Indian Panorama (Feature and Non-Feature Section) which is selected by a core jury headed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta for the Feature and M R Rajan for the Non-Feature section. The Indian Panorama will screen twenty feature films with Baandhon director by Jahnu Barua as the Opening film, and nineteen films in the non-feature section with Celluloid Man directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur as the Opening film.
Apart from the Indian Panorama, the Indian section will bring to the audience varied films in different sections like 100 Years of Indian Cinema-A Celebration (Feature & Non-Feature) showcasing choice of movies from the glorious hundred years of Indian cinema, FTII: Young at 50 which will showcase films from Film and Television Institute of Indias glorious fifty years, Retrospective of Soumitra Chatterjee, Special Tribute to Girish Kasaravalli and Muzaffar Ali, Vintage: A Tribute to Masters showcasing works of Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, D Ramanaidu and K Balachander; Homages to Yash Chopra, Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna, Navodaya Appachan, T Damodaran, Ashok Mehta, Rajen Kothari, AK Hangal, Dara Singh, Joy Mukherjee, Dinesh Thakur and Ravi Shankar Sharma; along with a showcase of Students Package and a package of movies celebrating Incredible India.
Apart from the International Competition, the cine lovers at the 43rd IFFI will be treated to a varied line-up of world cinema which will be showcased in sections like Cinema of the World which will have a showcase of fifty-one films from forty-two countries with Ang Lees 3D film Life of Pi as its Opening Film and Mira Nairs The Reluctant Fundamentalist as its Closing Film. Other sections in the International section include A Cut Above, Masterstrokes, Festival Kaleidoscope, Turkish Currents, Sketches on Screen, Retrospective: Susanne Bier, Special Tribute: Ashok Amritraj, In Focus: Kim Ki-duk, Soul of Asia, Documentaries and Homages.