Posted on November 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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Atom Egyon on IFFI Day 7: India has a great cinematic culture

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The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is being held in Goa. Here’s an update on what is happening at IFFI Day 7.

Screening of Ocean of an Old Man

Jamie Alter and Nagesh Kukunoor
Jamie Alter and Nagesh Kukunoor

Ocean of an Old Man was screened today to pay homage to Tom Alter. The screening was attended by Tom Alter‘s son Jamie Alter and Nagesh Kukunoor.

Masterclass on Making Drama by Atom Egyon

Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan

A class was conducted by Atom Egyon on Making Drama at IFFI. This what he said during the session:

“I am here to receive the lifetime achievement award. I am deeply honoured. The Indian cinema industry has helped me alot in my growth as a film-mkaer. From Raima Sen’s movies to recent films like Masaan, India has a great cinematic culture. I had a great festival experience and I am very happy to be hear.”

Cast and crew of Canadian film Meditation Park

Cast and crew of Canadian film Meditation Park, Mina Shum (director), Stephen Hegyes (producer), Cheng Pei Pei (actress), Don McKellar (actor) and Tzi Ma (actor), and Jordan Reeve

The Cast and crew of Canadian film Meditation Park, Mina Shum (director), Stephen Hegyes (producer), Cheng Pei Pei (actress), Don McKellar (actor) and Tzi Ma (actor), and Jordan Reeves (consul general of Canada in India), made an appearance at IFFI. This is what they shared with those present:

Stephen Hegyes

“There is a lot of new money coming via Netflix and Amazon. We have similar budgets in Australia. UK is a bit different.”

Tzi Ma

“We as actors need to be more proactive with regards to who we are and what the they see. When they begin to see your work outside, they realise that you’re equally talented.”

Jordan Reeves

“IFFI will be the genesis of many great films jointly made by the Canadian and Indian film industries in future. India will be the focus country for Canada in terms of cultural promotion.”

Open forum on Digital Revolution

(L to R) Tarun Jain, Nithin R, Pratim D Gupta, Mahesh Narayanan
(L to R) Tarun Jain, Nithin R, Pratim D Gupta, Mahesh Narayanan

On Day 6 too an open forum was held. The forum delt with Digital Revolution – Changing the face of cinema. The session was attended by Tarun Jain, Nithin R, Pratim D Gupta and Mahesh Narayanan. This is what they had to say:

Pratim D. Gupta

“Visually something has to be new”

Mahesh Narayanan

“Emotion is everything, even if it’s digital you have to spend time working on its preproduction.”

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