Billa, Kalloori, Kanchivaram and M3V in Indian Panaroma

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has announced the Indian panorama films (feature and non-feature films) to be screened at the thirty-ninth International Film Festival of India 2008 (IFFI) in November-December in Goa.

Four Tamil films have made it to the prestigious film festival: Billa, Kanchivaram, Kalloori and Mudhal Mudhal Mudhal Varai (M3V).

Ajith-starrer Billa (directed by Vishnuvardhan) has gained entry in the feature film section. Priyadarshan’s Kanchivaram, which stars Prakashraj and Shreya Reddy, will be screened in the non-feature film section and will also compete in the film festival for the best film award. It is heartening to see Balaji Sakthivel’s Kalloori which made Tamannaah a household name in this festival. It is a big honour for director Krishnan Seshadri Gomatam as his first film, M3V, managed to grab the attention of the elite jury of IFFI.

IFFI is a very prestigious international film festival that takes place in Goa in November-December every year. It is organized by Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Films from all over the world are screened at this festival. This is a competitive event and the best film will be awarded a cash prize, a trophy (Golden Peacock) and a citation.

IFFI also includes a special Indian Panorama section for Indian films which carriesgreat prestige and is divided into two sections – feature and non-feature. Any Indian filmmaker can send his or her entry provided it satisfies the regulations of IFFI. The IFFI jury selects some entries (usually 25 feature and 25 non-feature films) for the Indian Panorama section. This is not a competitive section; all the selected films will be promoted at various international film festivals in India and abroad. They will also be a part of cultural exchange programmes organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

If the jury deems it appropriate to permit a film entry into the competitive section, it can always do so. This year, Priyadarshan’s Kanchivaram has been selected by the 7-member jury headed by K. Sastry to compete in IFFI’s competitive section. It might not be surprising if it wins the Golden Peacock as it came close to winning awards at several film festivals worldwide, including the Toronto Film Festival.

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