Shankar Mohan, Festival Director, International Film Festival of India was quoted in an official press release from the festival, “We are proud to have Akshay Kumar who would formally inaugurate the 10 day extravaganza of 43rd IFFI on November 20 at Kala Academy.”
The 43rd Edition will showcase more than 200 films in various sections like International Competition, Cinema of the World, Foreign Retrospectives, Tributes, Country Focus, Indian Panorama, Indian Retrospectives & Tributes, Technical Workshops, Specially curated thematic packages, Best of Festival Pictures and Animation & 3D cinema.
To mark the hundred years of Indian cinema, the festival will hand out a new award titled “Centenary Award” comprising a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh, which will be given to a feature film that “reflects a new paradigm in motion pictures in terms of aesthetics, technique or technological innovation.”
The recipients of the awards will be announced on the closing ceremony on 30th November, 2012, which will be attended by the who’s who of the cinematic world and luminaries from the creative fields which include Mira Nair, Kim Ki-duk, Ashok Amritraj, Tabu, Kailash Kher, Saroj Khan, etc