IFFI Goa: Indian film ‘Bahattar Hoorain’ to compete for UNESCO Medal at international film festival

Indian film Bahattar Hoorain has been selected to compete with seven other films from across the globe for a prestigious ICFT award consisting of the UNESCO Medal at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

The award is presented to the film which upholds the values exhibited by Mahatma Gandhi for his immense contribution to the society for preserving peace and non-violence.

IFFI has joined hands with the International Council for Film, and Television and Audio-Visual Communication Paris (ICFT) to present this award. An independent jury not linked to other juries at IFFI selects the winner of this award at the festival each year.

The Hindi feature film Bahattar Hoorain has been directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan best known for his internationally acclaimed film film Lahore which won two awards at the 57th National Film Awards. The film will also be screened as part of the Indian Panorama segment at the festival.

The other seven films shortliested for the honorary award are the winner of the Berlinale’s Best First Feature Award- Oray, and Venice Critics’ Week Closing Film Sanctorum. The other 5 movies that will be reaching for this award are Ama Khando, The Infiltrators, The Warden-Sorkhpoost, Vitality and Rwanda.

The International Film Festival Of India is organized by the Government of India every year in Goa. It aims at providing a common platform to the world of cinema to project the excellence of the art of film-making.

2019 marks the 50th year of IFFI, which is considered as India’s most prestigious film festival and is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent.

The golden jubilee edition of the festival will be held from 20 November to 28 November and will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian panorama section and around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

As IFFI is celebrating its golden jubilee edition, 12 prominent films in different languages that have completed 50 years in 2019, are also going to be showcased.


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