Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth are set to kick off the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the International Film Festival of India in Goa, today, November 20, 2019.

Addressing a press conference, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant promised delegates that the festival would offer a complete spectrum of the film cultures from across the country which he said would be the special feature of the golden jubilee participation.

The highlight of the festival is the international competition section in which 15 films representing 20 countries competing for the Golden Peacock Award.

John Bailey Executive President Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to head the International Jury of this year's edition.

Marathi film Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan and Malayalam film Jallikattu directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery are the two Indian films competing in the international competition section.

At the inaugural event, a special felicitation will recognise the contribution of legends of Indian cinema like Ramesh Sippy, N. Chandra and P.C. Shreeram. John Bailey (Chairman Of Jury), Robbin Campillo, Zhang Yang, Lynne Ramsay and Ramesh Sippy, as juries will be judging films screened in the festival's competition section.

Besides the International Competition, Indian Panorama section is a flagship section of IFFI, which showcases the best of contemporary Indian feature and non-feature films of the year.

This year's edition will feature 26 feature films and 15 non feature films including mainstream films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, F2 (a Telugu film), Supre 30 and others.

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee Award, announced the Minister during the conference. 

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, Saturday, November 02, 2019. The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour superstar Rajinikanth with a special Icon of Golden Jubilee award, announced the Minister during the conference. 

The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness around 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian panorama section and more than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

IFFI was started way back in 1952, the first ever IFFI was organised by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.