For the first time, films from across the globe will be screened in various categories at the 41st International Film Festival (IFFI) 2010 which began on Monday in Goa. An initiative by actor Kamal Haasan has led to this.
It is reported that out of the 450-odd films received, 75 of them (including 18 the competition category) will be screened at the event. After taking into consideration the suggestions made by the committee headed by Kamal Haasan, Shabana Azmi and Govind Nihlani, from this year onwards films from across the globe will compete for the coveted awards that comprises a total ‘90Lakhs’ (US$200,000). This is said to be the highest prize money among international festivals.
"The scope for competition section was widened after the experts committee led by Kamal Hassan suggested the changes. We have received good response from European filmmakers," revealed festival director S.M. Khan at a media conference. Yet another valuable suggestion from Kamal Haasan that has been implemented from this year is that awards have been instituted for Best Actor and Best Actress categories. Now, it is learnt that due to exigencies of work, Kamal excused himself from the post. Two films from Kollywood, Mani Ratnam’s “Ravanan” and Vasanthabalan’s “Angadi Theru” are being screened on November 23 and 27 respectively at the IFFI.
South Indian actress and filmmaker Revathy Menon is part of the five-member jury, which will judge films for the awards.