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Forty First International Film Festival of India in Goa

Panaji, the capital of Goa, is the scene of the 41st IFFI. The event was inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee. The ten-day festival, which opened on Monday, is dubbed the Indian Cannes. About 300 movies from across India and the globe will be screened in the coming days.

The IFFI, this year, established the Short Film Centre – an innovative venture that promotes short films and its makers as well as provides sponsors for them. There’s a $2,00,000 prize money that will be awarded to extraordinarily talented filmmakers.

The Panjim Shopping Festival that’ll host about 200 shops in Panaji and Margao is open till the end of the month. It will help to promote various brands during the Film Festival. There are many music bands, fire-eaters, dance troupes and much more lined up well into the end of the fest. Participants can eagerly attend the many workshops, film training sessions and other seminars at the various venues.

Some of the major sponsors of the IFFI 2010 are Corporation of the City of Panaji, The Press Information Bureau, Inox, Goa, Vivanta by Taj, Goa Police Department, Ravindra Bhavan, Tourism Department and the Sports Authority of Goa.

A Hearty Welcome To The Games Gram

Welcome… welcome dear guests. The Team Welcome Ceremony is carried on by Delhi’s school students to welcome the 71 different teams and their delegates to the Games Gram. It is followed by a 45-minute cultural program. This whole week is dedicated to welcoming guests and officials and according them the right accommodation.

At the Games Gram, or the Commonwealth Games Village 2010, the apartments and the residential area were specially-designed by Emaar and it covers 150-odd acres. It is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, near the famous Akshadham Temple. The Residential Zone is divided into four zones – Warli, Gond, Madhubani and Sanjhi – and houses 14 blocks, 34 towers and 1,168 AC flats. It also accommodates the CGA offices and the dining area.

At the International Zone offers games rooms, internet cabins, bars and restaurants, shops, TV rooms, VIP waiting area and the like. You can also find the Media Centre, Conference Halls, Guest Pass Centre and the Mayor’s Office. The Dining Section is open 24 hours and you can avail free meals here (the guests, that is).

Participants can train in the Training Area – there are pools, athletic tracks, weightlifting arenas and other training areas. For moving around within the Games Gram, you can make use of the Internal Village Shuttle, buses and golf carts. Wi-Fi is available all throughout the Games Gram. There’s high security at the Village, too.