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November 27, 2019

International Council for Film Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) to award the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini medal to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

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Photo: Actress Tisca Chopra at the In-Conversation Session on ‘Director’s Actor,’ during the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa on November 22, 2019.

Panaji, Goa, India, 27 November 2019 — Georges Dupont, Director General, International Council for Film Television, and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) has announced that ICFT would award the ICFT-UNESCO Fellini medal to International Film Festival of India (IFFI). IFFI would get the award on completion of its glorious 50 years, he said. Project Manager, ICFT, Ms. Xueyuan Hun, was also present at the press conference.

“We realized IFFI was the place to be. We are happy to learn you are celebrating the 50th year. IFFI is a lighthouse to the rest, and you have to shine the light to the rest of the world,” Mr. Dupont said.

Movies are becoming more aggressive these days, and that is good in a way because now, people can see what happened and do not remain blind to their surroundings, Mr. Dupont added.

Xueyuan Hun spoke about the upcoming platform that ICFT would launch next year. The platform would strive to follow on three goals: build peace, stimulate creation in youngsters, and explore the endless opportunity of moving images. It would foster better communication between youngsters and professionals for making more innovations, Ms. Hun said. The ultimate aim is to build peace in people’s minds, Ms. Hun added.

Concerning teaching education at a school level in making films that promote peace, Hun said, “The moving image is the most powerful way to express an idea. What to teach and what you can do with the moving image is the key. Media education is about information, expression, and what people can learn from what media gives.” In terms of connecting young filmmakers in India to the youth platform, Hun said they would be happy to develop further projects between IFFI and ICFT, next year.

On ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award, Mr. Dupont said that IFFI screens the films for the awards and that the ICFT jury evaluates the movies based on the ideals of UNESCO.

IFFI collaborates with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal. The UNESCO issued commemorative medal in 1994, marking the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. Since then, IFFI and ICFT have been awarding the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award to a film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance, and non-violence. This year seven notable foreign films, namely Ama Khando, Oray, Rwanda, Sanctorum, The Infiltrators, The Warden, Vitality, and one Indian film (Bahattar Hoorain), will compete for this exemplary award.

IFFI is considered to be Asia’s one of the oldest and prestigious Film Festival delivering a diverse array of compelling films, panel discussions, and other special events. This Golden Jubilee edition showcases over 200 best films from 76 countries.

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