Panaji: The 51st Goa International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow. The fair will be held in a hybrid style from January 16 to 24. Only 2500 delegates have access. Those who are not can watch the movie online.
A total of 224 films will be screened at the festival. The inaugural film is Another Round by Danish director Thomas Winterberg. There are no Malayalam films in the competition this time. There are 23 feature films and 20 non-feature films in the panorama category. There are five feature films and one non – feature film in Malayalam.
The feature category included ‘Safe’ directed by Pradeep Kalipuram, ‘Trance’ directed by Anwar Rashid, ‘Kettyolanu Ente Malakha’ directed by Nizam Basheer, ‘Tahira’ directed by Siddique Paravur, and ‘Kappela’ directed by Mohammad Mustafa. Sharan Venugopal’s ‘Oru Pathira Swapnam Pole’ is a non-feature Malayalam film.
Sanskrit film Nama starring Jayaram has also made it to the list. Pablo Cesar, a director from Argentina, is the chairman of the International Film Jury. Priyadarshan, Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka), Abubaker Shoki (Austria), and Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh) are the members of the jury.