The ongoing 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa has attracted crowds of enthusiasts and delegates, uniting film lovers from across India and the world. A number of people, from different ages and backgrounds, share a common passion for cinema, making this festival a melting pot of varied experiences and perspectives. Among the attendees are numerous first-time visitors eager to immerse themselves in the cinematic marvels showcased at the festival, while there are some who attend this festival each year.
Renowned filmmaker Arvind Sinha, serving as the jury chairman of the Indian panorama, expressed his longstanding association with IFFI, having attended the festival numerous times in the past. Sinha's own films have been showcased on the screens at this festival. "IFFI holds significant importance in India's film landscape. It's the government's platform to champion exceptional global and national cinema, fostering an environment to celebrate remarkable filmmaking," remarked Sinha.
One such delegate, Godhori Roy, a film student hailing from Ahmedabad, shared her enthusiasm as a first-time participant in a large-scale international film festival. For Roy, films are deeply personal, serving as a medium to narrate her own story and that of her community, inspired by the cinematic creations of others. "This festival provides a platform for me to explore my passion. Although unable to attend all screenings, exploring the city and visiting stalls enriches the experience. The sheer number of individuals equally passionate about films is exhilarating," Roy expressed, emphasizing her desire for deeper engagement with the festival.