A glimpse into a day at IFFI 2021

There’s nothing called ‘too early’ for a film festival. By 9 a.m. the lines had started forming for the first show of day 2 at INOX.  Everyone was in a rush to get somewhere. “It doesn’t matter which film,” said one youngster. “I just want to see a film.” “It’s a Festival,” said the next person in the line. “All the films will be great.”

Audiences had congregated from across regions – of course Mumbai, Kerala, Karnataka, and as far as Delhi and Dubai. Film enthusiasts from closer areas like Mapusa and Margao stood patiently in the queue. Comments on films seen earlier and those that they had planned to see were free for general discussion and inputs. Expectations were high and the mood was upbeat.  

Changes in schedule, dark rain clouds, clumsy seating, did nothing to spoil the mood – though there were envious glances at those who stood in line for the screening of the highlight films. The seating capacity had been increased to 100% which created more excitement and efforts to get the additional tickets were made available at the counter. 

By midday, the television camera was on location and the spot interviews had started. Small clusters instantly formed as the celebrity spoke into the mike. This attracted more attention and drew greater traction and soon there was a buzz of several beehives! 

Coffee and beer alternated through the day as the young, middle-aged and elderly lounged on the food court and discussed films and the challenges in the industry. At the end of the day, plans were being made to head to Joseph’s Bar – a walking distance from the venue… as well as plans for the next day!

Text and pic credits: Shangon Das Gupta.

You Might Also Be Interested In

New Mandovi Bridge to be shut in the night during November...
Stay Hydrated This Summer
Say Hello to the Warm and Welcoming Westin Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa to be closed for a month
Solar ferry service to start in November!
Goa’s Tourism Stakeholders put the spotlight on Sustainability on World Tourism Day
TTAG, SKAL Goa and Goa Tourism to celebrate World Tourism Day with a focus on sustainability
Travel is Therapy
10 Must Do Watersport activities in Goa (2022)
Goa's first charter flight may arrive in October!
"India, mon amour" - The Eye-catching photo exhibition at Anjuna
'Kalkokkho' is a portrayal of human...
Mango among ‘mango people’ - -The king of fruits in the sunshine state of Goa
Life of a middle class Indian is a comedy; it inspires my characters: Manoj Bajpayee at IFFI In-Conv...
A Christmas for Humanity at DoubleTree by Hilton Goa - Panaji
First charter flight from UK to Goa will arrive in November
Grand Hyatt Goa marks the beginning of the holiday festivities by lighting up the Christmas Tree
Train journeys on Mumbai-Goa route made better with vistadome coaches
Japanese Film ‘Ring Wandering’, a film which...
What fell in the well?
Botanical garden, climbing walls, and more for Panjim city!
Line-up of Films for ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal
My first Japanese food experience in Goa
Serendipity Art Festival launches film announcing it's 5th edition
IFFI 52 International Competition Film Charlotte captures...
A Festival Like No Other ….. (IFFI 2021)
A new six-lane highway will come to Porvorim!
  The Golden Heart of Goa
GO GRAND - NYE Gala Dinner and Theatre Show at Grand Hyatt Goa
Sea-bathing Therapy
Celebrate A Glittering Diwali With IHCL, Goa
Goa’s new Mopa Airport successfully completed its first trial flight!
U.r.d.ki Hostel
Something old …. & a lot more New Goa
Can you feel the rhythm?
A Very FENI Story
Work at a beach in Goa!
Two more biodiversity heritage sites in Goa!
A Japanese Dining Experience at Grand Hyatt Goa
Do your office work at the beach in Goa!
Airbnb signs an MoU with Goa's Department of Tourism
India’s very first 360° Bollywood Lounge experience all set to launch in Goa
As the fire slowly burns…
It is beautiful to have the liberty to create what we want to see: ‘Rafaela’ Actor Judith Rodriguez ...
Goicar, Goa’s No 1 Self Drive Car Rental Service
Top 5 Asian Restaurants in Goa
Goa to have cola from nutmeg apple!
Veerangana: The story of valour and courage of women protecting women
What's going to happen during Iffi Day 5?

Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

Leave a Reply