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“52nd IFFI embraced new technology, gave platform to young talent”: Union I&B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur

 Panaji, 28 Nov(FASTMAIL) - As the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India comes to a close, the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister  Anurag Singh Thakur has reiterated the Government of India’s commitment to the promotion and cultivation of the finest forms of creative expression through the powerful medium of cinema.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the festival at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, in Goa today, November 28, 2021, the Union Minister expressed his heartfelt appreciation and abiding admiration for the spirit underlying the free-spirited creation and unrestrained enjoyment of good cinema, to which the festival pays a tribute, in ever better ways with each passing year.



 The Minister told film lovers that the 52nd IFFI is spearheading us to new beginnings. “We have come together to celebrate our rich tradition of filmmaking and the art of storytelling through cinema. We have captivated audiences and recognized young talent, being in the midst of icons and legends of cinema.”

Terming India as the world's largest filmmaker, the Minister said that we need to do more, we want to make India a powerhouse of content creation, by scaling up regional festivals. “We want to make India the post-production hub of the world by leveraging immense tech talent of youth. We want to make India the destination for films and festivals, we want to make India the hub of world cinema, and the most favoured place for storytellers.”

Terming the 52nd IFFI as a festival of many firsts, the Minister said that IFFI has been keeping up with the winds of change. “For the first time at this IFFI, we had the presence and enthusiastic participation of OTT platforms. IFFI has embraced new technologies, platform choices of audiences and has kept pace with changing times. We have also showcased best films from BRICS nations and we hope that this partnership blossoms further.”

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