A record 217 films featured in the Viewing Room section of Film Bazaar at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa this year. These include 135 feature films, 64 short films and 18 documentaries. These films belong to 35 languages including Nagemese, Khasi, Gondi and Muria.
Out of 217, 108 were debut films made by young and independent filmmakers. A record 160 world premieres were also held in this section. Film Bazaar was organized by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) from 20th to 24th November.
Among the States and Union territories, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Delhi and Lakshadweep participated this year. Film Bazaar is a platform created to encourage collaboration between international and South Asian film fraternities.
IFFI screened two movies this year for the visually impaired persons with special audio described technology as part of Accessible India Campaign.
Sholay and Hichki, these movies were being shown in collaboration with a Delhi based NGO Saksham. The audio deion, gave a visually impaired person, a true sense of what is happening on the screen. The idea behind the move is to promote the acceptability of accessibility.