Laal Singh Chaddha

admin   March 22, 2022

The film is one of the most awaited and big budget films that will hopefully see the light of the day this year. Directed by Advait Chandan, the film stars Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles. A remake of the 1994 American blockbuster Forrest Gump, the film underwent a series of changes over a period of two decades, with Atul Kulkarni spending the first ten years adapting the script, and another ten years purchasing the remake rights. The film has been filmed in more than 100 Indian locations including Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Punjab, Jaisalmer apart from international location including Turkey. Advait started his career with Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. as the third assistant director and Taare Zameen Par as the assistant production manager. Advait finally made his directorial debut in 2017 with the film Secret Superstar, that went on to become highest-grossing 2017 Hindi film, and the second-highest-grossing Hindi film of all time, and the third-highest-grossing Indian film of all time, behind only Dangal and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

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IFFI Invites for a Gala Show in Goa

admin   September 12, 2021

Committed to continue spreading the Joy of Cinema, the 52nd edition of International Film Festival of India invites delegates participating in Toronto Film Festival from all over the world    

The 52nd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), slated to be held in a hybrid format from 20 to 28 November 2021 in Goa, looks all set to offer enthralling experience to delegates who are expected to join its physical as well as virtual segments showcasing 300+ screenings during the festival days.

Extending a warm welcome to delegates participating in Toronto Film Festival, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur took to his Twitter handle recently and invited filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the globe to be a part of IFFI in Goa.”Calling out to Filmbuffs! Delegate registration for 52nd edition of IFFI is now open! Inviting filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world to be a part of IFFI in Goa,” tweeted.

Among the many highlights and innovations planned during 52nd IFFI include a parallel fest dedicated to the cinema from BRICS member countries and screening of some of the best works of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray as part of his centenary celebrations.

“BRICS film festival to be organised along with the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa in November this year will be an opportunity to interact and share the best of cinema,” said Information and Broadcasting Secretary Apurva Chandra.

This year, the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award has been added to the list of awards conferred upon filmmakers from across the globe to recognise their contributions to world cinema. Lifetime Achievement Award was already there and it has now been renamed after the legendary filmmaker to mark his centenary. Indian Film Personality of the Year Award, Centenary Award for best debut film of a Director, and ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award are the names of some of the other awards, besides the Awards for International Competition that will be given away to deserving filmmakers.

A special webpage has been set up where works of Ray and different aspects of filmmaking by the maestro have been put together. As far as restoration of Ray’s films is concerned, the Directorate of Film Festivals has collaborated with people who have restored the master filmmaker’s works that would be showcased at the festival.
So far, the Directorate has received 622 films from 95 countries and selections will be unveiled shortly. This year, IFFI will feature at least 16 sections including International Competition, Festival Kaleidoscope, World Panorama, Retrospective of Masters, Country Focus, Retrospective of Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Indian Panorama among others.

To allay fears regarding spread of COVID-19 during the festival, Chaitanya Prasad, Additional Director General, Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Festival Director of  IFFI had earlier said that IFFI team would ensure that “every guest who comes to India becomes IFFI’s responsibility the moment he steps on the Indian soil”.  

“We had created systems last year, and there is no cause of worry if International participants are landing at airports in cities like Kolkata, Mumbai or Delhi. There we have appointed teams to look after them because it is our responsibility that guests come to India hassle free, enjoy the flavor of IFFI and go back contented and satisfied,” he added.

IFFI’s theme has been “Joy of Cinema”, which is something that overrides any firewall, as the creative construct of IFFI is wired to get the best of cinema from across the world.

The preparations for the 52nd edition of the IFFI have begun in full swing and some big names in the world cinema are expected to be part of it. Being planned as a hybrid event due to Covid-19, the festival would screen films on its official digital platform along with the theatrical screenings in Goa, which is subject to the prevailing conditions.

Asia’s oldest event of its kind, IFFI still holds on to its pre-eminent position as a showcase of cinematic excellence. It has over the years witnessed numerous alterations in character, nomenclature, location, dates and duration. Through it all, it has remained steadfast in its emphasis on showcasing the diversity of Indian cinema as well as in its commitment to the celebration of excellence across moviemaking genres.

Over the past two and a half decades, several other international film festivals have sprung up across India, notably in Kolkata, Kerala and Mumbai, and they all contribute meaningfully to the collective task of taking quality cinema to people weaned principally on a staple diet of star-driven, song and dance extravaganzas. But IFFI continues to retain its preeminent position owing to its size, scope and vintage.

Not just in the Indian context but also in relation to the other major Asian film festivals, IFFI matters. And this is despite all the inevitable ups and downs that it has seen over the years.

All the other major Asian festivals – Tokyo, Busan and Shanghai – are of far more recent origin and therefore lack the history that is associated with IFFI. IFFI hands out prize money to the tune of US$ 200,000. The winner of the Golden Peacock for the best film takes home $80,000. That apart, the best director and the Special Jury Prize winner bag $30,000 each, while the two acting prizes come with a cash component of $20,000 each.

The moves to push IFFI up a few notches have unfolded since the coastal state of Goa became its permanent venue in 2004. IFFI now has a far more settled feel than ever before, with each improvement in terms of infrastructure and programming initiatives adding value to both the event and the location.

On the programming side, IFFI not only unveils the best films from around the multilingual country with the aim of providing a glimpse of the sheer range and dynamism of Indian cinema, it also puts together a remarkable slate of brand new world cinema titles.

IFFI also hosts many retrospectives, tributes, master classes and special sections, which enhance the variety and depth of the event. The master classes have emerged as a highlight of the festival, especially for film school students who converge in Goa during the ten-day event.

52nd IFFI Highlights

• IFFI will showcase around 300+ screenings during festival days
• IFFI will have various sections ranging from World Panorama, where films from across the world will be showcased, to Festival Kaleidoscope, International, Debut and ICFT Competition sections, retrospectives, homage, special screenings.
• This edition will also have Master Frames (focusing on renowned cinematographers across the world), Masters of Cinema (focusing on master filmmakers across the world), sports section, Bharat ka Amrit Mahotsav, focus on cinema from BRICS countries, Soul of Asia (focusing on the films of  Asia) as major highlights of the festival.
• IFFI will have its own virtual platform for delegates to sit back and enjoy the festival from their living rooms. The virtual platform will provide access to registered delegates to watch all the films on the platform at any given time as per their convenience, they can also access live streaming of Masterclasses and In-Conversation sessions, workshops and special events during the festival days.
• The live streaming of opening and closing ceremony can also be watched from home on virtual platform as also on social media platforms.

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Top IFFI Picks: Another Round, Mehrunisa, Wife of A Spy

admin   January 7, 2021

The 51st International Film Festival of India will open with the Indian premiere of the Denmark film Druk internationally known as Another Round  directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

The Danish nominee  for the Best International Film at the Oscars will be screened on January 16 after the formal inaugural of IFFI in Goa. Another Round, Vinterberg’s 110 minute film is a sobering comedy about aging, alcoholism, and friendship between men.

IFFI will also have the World Premier of Sandeep Kumar directed Mehrunisa as a mid-fest film.

The closing film at IFFI will be the India Premier of the historical drama ‘Wife of a Spy’ by Kiyoshi Kurosawa on 24th January. The Japanese film bagged Silver Lion for Best Director at Venice International Film Festival.

IFFI will take place in hybrid format from January 16-24 with social distanced physical screening, digital screenings, press conferences and industry talks. A  total of 224 films from across the globe will be screened during IFFI. This includes 21 non-feature films and 26 feature films under the Indian Panorama films section.

 Another Round, Top Oscar 2021 Foreign Film Contender

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang and Thomas Bo Larsen, Another Round won Best Film – the first time a Danish film has won that category in the European Film Awards .

Mikkelsen won the Best European Actor award for his portrayal of lead character Martin, a school teacher who sets out to test a theory that he will improve his life by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in his blood.

Vinterberg, won the Best European Director award and the Best European Script along with Tobias Lindholm.

Another Round was produced  with support from Film i Väst (SE), Danish Film Institute (DK), TV2 Denmark (DK), Eurimages, Netherlands Film Fund (NL), Swedish Film Institute (SE), Netherlands Film Production Incentive (NL) and Creative Europe MEDIA programme.  TrustNordisk is the sales agent of Another Round.

Vinterberg has previously made himself known for films such as Festen (1998) which won the Cannes Film Festival’s jury award and was nominated for Palme d’Or and Golden Globe, Submarino (2010), Jakten (2012) which was nominated for an Oscar and Kollektivet (2016) which was in the main competition in Berlinale.

Mehrunisa, lead role played by 87-year old Farrukh Jaffar

Starring Farrukh Jaffar (Umarao Jaan, Swades, Peepli Live, Sultan, Secret Superstar, Photograph, Gulabo Sitabo), Tulika Baneejee and Ankita Dubey, Mehrunisa directed by  India-born Austrian filmmaker Sandeep Kumar narrates the story of a woman’s lifelong dream.

“To achieve her lifelong dream, an 80 year old actress takes on the male-dominated Indian film industry, and unwillingly becomes a leading advocate for women’s rights,” reads the brief synopsis of the film.

The entire film was shot in and around Lucknow for 25 days with a three-member Austrian crew and all-Lucknow based actors and support crew members.

Wife of a Spy, Venice Film Festival Winner

Cult Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, best known for his forays into horror and the supernatural, tackles wartime Japan.

Starring Yu Aoi and Issei Takahashi, Wife of a Spy (Spy no Tsuma) follows the story of a couple in 1940 in the city of Kobe before the outbreak of World War II. A man accidentally stumbles upon a state secret and tries to bring it to light, while his wife takes action to ensure his safety.

Kurosawa got recognition and fame internationally with his 1997 horror-thriller Cure. In 2015, Kurosawa received the best director Award in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Tokyo Sonata won the jury prize in Un Certain Regard in 2008.


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Hybrid IFFI From January 16

admin   January 7, 2021

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said the 51st International Film Festival of India in Goa would be organized in a ‘hybrid manner’. People would be able to witness the festival online while the opening and closing ceremonies would be organized at the location with a smaller audience.

Javadekar said that the inaugural ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will be held on January 16th in Goa. He said, the ceremony will be held in a hybrid mode wherein the inaugural and closing ceremony will be held in physical mode while the remaining part of the festival will be conducted in virtual mode.

Javadekar also announced the selection of 23 Feature and 20 non-feature films in Indian Panorama for the 51st IFFI to be held in Goa in January 16-24. In the Feature films section, 23 films are selected that include Kripal Kalita directed Assamese movie Bridge, Hindi Films Saand Ki Aankh and Chichhore, Govid Nihlani’s English movie Up Up & Up, Nila Madhab Panda’s Odia movie Kalira Atita, Marathi Movie Prawaas, Sanskrit Movie Namo and Malayalam Movie safe directed by Nila Madhab Panda.

Saand Ki Aankh, directed by Tushar Hiranandani and featuring Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar, will be the opening movie for the Panorama section at the festival, which will also see the screenings of Vetri Maaran’s Asuran, Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore among others. The list of films, selected by a jury headed by filmmaker-writer John Mathew Matthan, also includes Bengali film Avijatrik Kannada film Pinki Elli? Malayalam film Trance (Malayalam) among others.

In non-feature films, 20 films were selected that include Ankit Kothari’s Gujarati movie Panchika, Bimal Poddar’s Bengali movie Radha, English movie Ahimsa-Gandhi : The power of powerless directed by Ramesh Sharma and Manipuri movie Highways of Life directed by Maibam Amarjeet Singh.


EFM Landmark: Great Opportunity for Filming in India

admin   January 28, 2020

For the first time, Berline’s European Film Market will host EFM Landmark — a new platform dedicated to bringing together producers and film commissioners under the name “EFM Landmark” (February 24 – 25, 2020). It is a great opportunity for film tourism and location heads in various state government’s across to attract foreign film producers to film in their respective locations.

EFM Landmark gives an opportunity for film commission representatives to make presentations, do business meetings and attract film producers and directors to shoot in their respective film locations. It’s a great opportunity to attract film producers in hosting a happy hour or reception at EFM Landmark.

Matthijs Wouter Knol, EFM Director aUS: “’EFM Landmark’ will add an infrastructure for the growing group of producers at EFM. In addition to visiting film commissioners at the stand where they do their one-on-one meetings during the week, ‘EFM Landmark’ events will help both producers and film commissioners to get a quick overview in two days of what’s cooking, what’s changing, who’s new and where to find unexpected gems that will help them speed up pre-production at the right location and forge collaborations.”

“We are very happy for this collaboration with EFM,” says Truls Kontny, EUFCN President. “For our association and for all European film commissions this collaboration is crucial and it’s a great opportunity to give visibility to our professionals and what they have to offer within their territories. It’s extremely important to have a physical space in such a huge international market where the industry can easily meet all our film commissions and learn more about our activity. Furthermore, this space will be the perfect location to assign our third European Location Award 2019: the award that EUFCN assigns every year to the best European location in a movie or TV series.”

Pickle, India’s only film biz magazine will be bringing out a special feature on — Hotspot: India location guide during Berlinale 2020..For more details email if you have any questions at or Call/Whatsapp 91 9884562227 on getting the best value out of EFM Landmark.

At EFM Landmark, film locations boards can not only assist them in their aims for the best locations for their film and drama series projects, but also offer an array of first-hand information regarding financing, co-production and shooting possibilities in the city or region they represent. Over the past 20 years, film commissions have become a key factor in the international film industry.

In 2005, a group of film commissioners devoted to the business of facilitating production activity constituted the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN). In cooperation with EUFCN, the European Film Market will host a new platform dedicated to bringing together producers and film commissioners under the name “EFM Landmark” (February 24 – 25, 2020).

“EFM Landmark” will offer plenty of options to present new trends, the tax rebates and incentives du jour, as well as changes in co-production funding opportunities and showcases of the best locations for film and drama series to producers looking for the right fit. Additionally, an important aspect of “EFM Landmark” will be a matchmaking service on its two consecutive days.

Two days at EFM landmark will get producers and film director networked with Film Commissioners across the world and search for best place to look for locations for your next script will end here.

EFM Landmark 2020 offers a new platform to international film commissions to present and discuss trends and opportunities for producers from all over the world. Following up and asking for more details to ensure a match is made is crucial to a successful event. EFM Landmark therefore provides an exclusive meeting space for film commissioners and registered producers on 24-25 February in the new Business Lounge in the Gropius Bau.

Events will take place both in and around Gropius Bau, as well as in the Berlin House of Representatives, where the Berlinale Co-Production Market takes place. Like with all other business platforms at EFM, access to “EFM Landmark” is with a Market Badge only.


admin   November 23, 2019

From a humble beginning in 1952 to a global event now, the journey of IFFI is not just incredible, but also indispensable in the history of cinema. The 49 editions of IFFI provided a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos; and promoting friendship and cooperation among people of the world. A capsule of interesting things and trivia of IFFI editions, year by year

1952 : The first International Film Festival of India

It was organized in 1952 (January 24 to February 1) in Bombay’s New Empire Cinema. It was a non-competitive event. Films from 21 nations were screened. A special feature of the festival’s inaugural function was the screening of the first film screened in Bombay by the Lumiere Brothers in 1896. After running over a fortnight in Bombay, the festival moved to Calcutta, Madras and Delhi as well. The construction of open-air theatres for screening the films was another special feature of the festival. The festival was organized by Films Division.

1961 : 2nd IFFI

The venue for the second festival held in 1961 (October 27 to November 2), also non-competitive, was New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan. The festival was inaugurated by the then President Dr S Radhakrishnan. Ninety films – 40 features and 50 shorts – from 38 countries participated. The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting organized the festival in collaboration with the Film Federation of India.

1965 : 3rd IFFI

The third festival, the first competitive event, was in 1965 (January 8 to 21) in Delhi. It was graded ‘A’ category by the Paris-based Federation International De Producers De Films (FIAFP). With this recognition, the Indian film festival came on par with the Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Karlovy Vary and Moscow festivals. The jury was headed by Satyajit Ray and included Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, Andrzej Wajda and Lindsay Anderson. Sri Lankan director Lester James Peries’ Gemperaliya (Changes in the Village) won the Golden Peacock. The best actress award went collectively to Sharmila Tagore, Rama Guha Thakurta, Chhaya Debi, Bharati Debi and Renuka Roy for their ensemble performance in the Bengali film Nirjan Saikatey.

1969 : 4th IFFI

December 5 to 18, 1969. Venue: Ashoka Hotel Convention Hall, New Delhi. A total of 151 films were screened. The nine-member jury was chaired by Raj Kapoor and included writer R K Narayan and Swedish filmmaker Mai Zetterling. The Golden Peacock was won by Luchino Visconti’s The Damned. Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome and Lester James Peries’ Golu Hadawatha bagged jury prizes.

1974 : 5th IFFI

At the Fifth International Film Festival of India (December 30, 1974 to January 12, 1975), a permanent insignia was adopted. It comprises a representation of the peacock, India’s national bird, with a permanent motto of the festival ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakum’ (The whole world is a family). The same year, it was decided to hold a noncompetitive festival of films (Filmotsav) alternating with IFFI. While the Filmotsavs were organized at major film producing centres of India, the competitive IFFI was held in New Delhi. A total of 211 films from 46 countries were entered. The jury was presided over by Satyajit Ray. The other members were Aparna Sen, Bert Haanstra, Frank Capra, Krzyszt of Zanussi and Nagisa Oshima.

1977 : 6th IFFI

From the sixth festival onwards, the period as well as the dates for the festival were fixed as 3-17 January every alternate year. The festival was held in 1977 under the aegis of the newly-constituted Directorate of Film Festivals. A film market was also set up for the first time by IMPEC (Indian Motion Pictures Export Corporation). A Panorama of recent Indian feature films was organized. Fifty-four countries entered as many as 424 films. The jury was once again headed by Satyajit Ray. It included Girish Karnad and Hungarian filmmaker Peter Bacso.

1979 : 7th IFFI

The seventh festival, held in Delhi in 1979, was of special significance as it was the only competitive and exclusive International Film Festival organized in the entire Third World during 1978-79. (The 1978 Tehran Festival could not be held). For the first time in the history of the Indian competitive Film Festivals, the jury was headed by a foreigner, Qusmane Sembene of Senegal. Another significant aspect was the participation of women. There were two women on the jury – Chantal Akerman (Belgium) and Marta Meszaros (Hungary). The jury included B K Karanjia, Lester James Peries and Mrinal Sen. The Golden Peacock was won by Zoltan Fabri’s Magyarok (Hungarians).

1981 : 8th IFFI

January 3 to 17, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Sixty-one countries entered 419 films. Russian director Grigory Chukhrai presided over a jury made up of G Aravindan, Shyam Benegal and Bertrand Tavernier, among others. Swedish director Marianne Ahrne was the only woman member of the jury. The Golden Peacock was shared by Rangel Vulchanov’s Bulgarian film The Unknown Soldier’s Patent Leather Shoes and Govind Nihalani’s Aakrosh, making it the first Indian film to bag the honour.

1983 : 9th IFFI

At the ninth festival in 1983, held in the Siri Fort complex in New Delhi, a new section for screening of 16mm films was added. An important landmark, during the festival was the participation of 22 Third World countries. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) had become a major forum of Third World cinema. Fifty-two countries entered 415 films. The chairman of the jury was the British director Lindsay Anderson. Tomas Guiterrez Alea, Lino Brocka, Sergei Bondarchuk, Vyjayanthimala and Adoor Gopalakrishnan were the other jury members. No film was awarded the Golden Peocock. The Russian film Open Heart, directed by Aleksei Pollikov, won the Silver Peacock. The Indian film Chokh, directed by Utpalendu Chakraborty, won a Special Jury Prize.


Filmotsav, Bombay (January 3-16, 1984)

1985 : 10th IFFI

For the first time, the festival held in 1985, the tenth in the series, had an International Panorama of select short films and documentaries in an effort to create an identity for short films.


When the Filmotsav was held in Hyderabad, the Festival’s duration as well as the dates were changed from 3-17 January to 10-24 January. Feature films selected for Indian Panorama were Aadmi Aur Aurat (Hindi), Accident (Kannada), Aghaat (Hindi), Agnisaan (Assamese), Anant Yatra (Hindi), New Delhi Times (Hindi), Muthal Mariyadai (Tamil), Shart (Hindi) among others. The foreign section included retrospectives of Hungarian director Istean Zaabo and German modernist Fassbinder, besides a set of “American western cowboy” films. The main focus of the festival was women filmmakers in third world cinema, with Aparna Sen and Sai Paranjpye as the inclusions from India.

1987 : 11th IFFI

It held in New Delhi , represented a breakthrough for commercial cinema, through the introduction of the Mainstream section. The competition section had 60 entries from 34 countries. Roland Jaffe’s The Mission (brilliant performance by Robert de Niro) which got the Palmed’Or, Andrei Tarkovsky’s masterpiece, The Sacrifice, with Erland Josephson; the Brazilian film, Love Forever or Never, which won Fernanda Torres the best actress award were part of the festival. Roman Polanski’s Pirate was screened in the festival.


Filmotsav ‘88 in Thiruvananthapuram began with much fanfare. Twenty-six short films made by students of the Film Training Institute of India (FTII) were shown. The film selected for the opening of the Indian Panorama was Girish Kasarvalli’s much-acclaimed Tabarana Kathe (Story of Tabarana).

1989 : 12th IFFI

The significant change in the 12th IFFI, held in 1989, was that it was made non-competitive. Also, a decision was taken that festivals in future would be non-competitive and all festivals would be called International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Hence the festival held in Calcutta was called the 21st IFFI instead of Filmotsav 90. Another important decision taken in June 1989 was
that the IFFI would be of only 10 days’ duration. The festival, henceforth would now be held from January 10 to 20. Hence the number of films in the ‘Cinema of the World’ section, which was changed from ‘Information section’ from the 12th IFFI, was reduced though the other sections of the festival remained unaffected.

At the 6th IFFI the film lineup included Alfred Hitchcock’s lat est work “The Fami ly Plot ”; the first British feature film with synchronous sound “Blackmail”, “Juno and the Paycock”, “Murder”, “Skin Game” and “Rich and the Strange”.

1990 : 21st IFFI

It was held in Calcutta.

1991 : 22nd IFFI

It was held in Madras in 1991. It had a focus on South Korean cinema. Tributes were paid to the American director Robert Altman. Homage was paid to V Shantaram, S Mukherjee, Shankar Nag, Arundhati Devi and Manmohan Krishna. Diamond Jubilee of Indian cinema and Platinum jubilee of Tamil cinema were celebrated during the festival.

1992 : 23rd IFFI

It was held in Bangalore. It had a special focus on films from Iran. Retrospectives of Italian director Francesco Rosi and Cahiers du Cinema were organised. Tributes were paid to Anne Wheeler and King Ampaw. In the Indian section, a retrospective of Kannada cinema was organised and homage was paid to R R Panthulu, G Aravindan and Balraj Sahni.

1993 : 24th IFFI

It was held in New Delhi. The festival focussed on the Vietnamese cinema. Retrospectives of Ingrid Bergman, Vittorio De Sica, the Kaurismaki brothers and Argos Films were organised. Homage was paid to Kanan Devi and Bhalji Pendharkar.

1994 : 25th IFFI

The 25th IFFI dedicated to Satyajit Ray was held in Calcutta. The festival had a focus on ‘Films from Mongolia’. Homage was paid to Uptal Dutt and Vijay Bhatt. Tributes were paid to Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. Retrospectives of Liti and Fons Rademakers, Ingmar Bergman and Greta Garbo were also organized.

1995 : 26th IFFI

It was organized in Bombay, the birthplace of Indian cinema. The event marked the centenary of cinema. A special section was devoted to the film heritage. An exhibition on hundred years of cinema was also organized as part of the festival. Retrospectives of Federico Fellini, Zoltan Fabri, Amos Gitai, Miguel Littin, Krzyzstof Kielowski and Elvis Presley were organised. A section was devoted to the works of the Asian women directors and a special retrospective of Marathi cinema was also organized.

1996 : 27th IFFI

It was again held in New Delhi. After many years the competition was revived on a limited scale. The section on ‘Asian Women Directors’ was made competitive. Retrospectives of Denys Arcaud, Gene Kelly; Marta Meszaros and Nanni Moretti were held. Tributes were paid to Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Zhang Yimou and Louis Malle. The festival also had a focus on ‘Films from Iran’.

1997 : 28th IFFI

It was held in Thiruvananthapuram. The festival had a focus on South Africa. Retrospectives of the polish director Krzysztof Kielowski and the Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf were organised. Homage was paid to the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni and tribute was paid to the Chilean director Miguel Littin. In the Indian Section, homage was paid to P A Backer and Smita Patil and a special package of Tapan Sinha’s films. A special retrospective was devoted to the Malayalam cinema giving a panoramic view of the 70 years of Malayalam cinema. To mark the 50 years of India’s independence, a photo exhibition on the theme of ‘National Integration and Indian Cinema’ was also organised.

1998 : 29th IFFI

It was held in New Delhi. The festival focused on recent African cinema, films from Sarajevo and Iran. Retrospectives of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda and Carlos Saura were organised. Homage was paid to the Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. In the Indian section homage was paid to Chetan Anand and Basu Bhattacharya. A cinematic tribute was also paid to fifty years of Indian Independence by screening 10 nationalist classics. Another highlight of the festival was that competition, which had been restricted to Asian women directors only, was broadened this year to include male directors as well.

1999 : 30th IFFI

It was held in Hyderabad from January 10-20, 1999. The festival was non-competitive. Oscar nominee Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth was the opening film of the festival. In the foreign retrospective and tributes section, the films of Hou Hsiao Hsien (Taiwan), Theo Angelopoulos (Greece) and Zsolt Kezdi-Kovacs (Hungary) were screened as a tribute to the legendary filmmakers. A highlight of the festival was ‘Visions of India’, which provided a glimpse of our country through the eyes of non-Indian filmmakers Sixteen features and twenty non-feature films were showcased in the Indian Panorama section. The festival focused on ‘films from Argentina.’

2000 : 31st IFFI

It was held in New Delhi. The opening and closing ceremonies reflected on the spirit of new millennium.

2002 : 33rd IFFI

The 33rd IFFI saw the presenting of awards by Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. Russian film Letters to Elza by Igor Maslemikov bagged the Golden Peacock Award. In his address, Advani said that Indian film industry has made tremendous progress and achieved great capabilities of world standard. Information and Broadcasting Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said that Indian film industry and politics had great connections. Chairman of the Jury, Budhadeb Dasgupta, requested the Government to continue its support to the film festival.

2003 : 34th IFFI

It was inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. While Kamal Haasan was the guest of honour, Kareena Kapoor acted as the Thali Girl. Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was present. In his address, Advani assured the film industry that the Government would take all possible steps to check the menace of piracy, which is eating into the vitals of the industry. In all 212 films were screened in the Indian Panorama, Cinema of the World, Retrospectives, Country Focus and Competitive Sections. Actress Live Ullmann was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award, while retrospectives of B R Chopra and K S Sethumadhavan’s films were organized.

2004 : 35th IFFI

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Culture Jaipal Reddy inaugurated the 35th International Film Festival of India, which was held in Goa for the first time. The inaugural function included a concert by A R Rahman and his troupe, with an introduction by noted filmmaker Subhash Ghai. The inaugural film was Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair. Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar was the Guest of Honour. Thespian actor Dilip Kumar and renowned actor Aamir Khan participated in the inaugural ceremony. The Film Festival featured seven major sections. This included Asian competition, Cinema of the World, Indian and Foreign Retrospectives, Tributes and Homages, Indian Panorama and Mainstream Indian Cinema. There were 400 screening of more than 200 films during the 10 days of the Festival

2005 : 36th IFFI

The 36th IFFI came to a close with the screening of Belgium-France film L’Enfant, directed by Jean Pierre & Luc Dardene. Iranian film Iron Island, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof bagged the best film award and won the Golden Peacock. The most promising Director award went to Vera Eugina Fogwill and Martin Desalvo for the Argentinean film Kept & Dreamless. Special Jury award went to Tom Hooper for Red Dust.

2006 : 37th IFFI

At the 37th IFFI, The Old Barber from China directed by Hasi Chaolu bagged the best film award with the Golden Peacock and a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for a beautifully realized story. The most promising director award went to Kyung Lee, AN for the Korean film A Short Life.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest Aparna Sen described IFFI as a special event, which brought together a galaxy of film fraternity united by a common love for films. She said that the USP of IFFI, as the only festival which celebrates the ‘many cinemas of India’ was reflected this year as well. S K Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, observed that IFFI showcased the latest art that people from all over the world presented. In a new initiative this year, a Technical Retrospective was started. This section covered topics on Digital Editing including a film Cutting Edge followed by a Presentation by the famous Editor Steven Cohen. Beach Screenings, Open Fora and special entertainment events on a daily basis were the other highlights of IFFI- 2006.

2007 : 38th IFFI

The 38th International Film Festival of India was inaugurated by noted actor Shahrukh Khan. In his remarks, Shahrukh Khan said, this premier event is a pride of the nation. Recognizing the contribution of the ordinary man in raising the popularity of cinema, he said ‘let us dedicate 38th IFFI to ordinary people.’ The Government’s decision to confer life time achievement award on veteran actor Dilip Kumar was announced at the event. Lata Mangeshkar was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement
Award for film songs. Romanian film 4 months, 3 weeks & 2 days was screened as the opening film. Around 200 films were screened during the 11-day Festival.

2008 : 39th IFFI

The 39th International Film Festival of India was inaugurated by actress Rekha. There were three Country Focuses this year- Russia, Switzerland and Iran. Director Sergei Dvortsevoy bagged the best film award with the Golden Peacock and a cash award of 40 lakh for the Kazakhstan film Tulpan. The filmmaker also got the Most Promising Director Award for the film. The Special Jury Award went to Sri Lankan actress Malini Fonseka whose film Akasa Kusum featured in the Competition Section. The closing ceremony started with a minute of silence in memory of victims of terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

2009 : 40th IFFI

The 40th IFFI was inaugurated by actress Waheeda Rehman. The International Jury headed by Brazilian Director Joao Batista de Andrade along with other members of the jury – Vic Sarin (Canada), Kenichi Okubu (Tokyo), Sarika (India) and Jean-Michel Frodon (France) were felicitated at
the opening ceremony. Taiwanese Film I can’t live without you bagged
Golden Peacock. A Brand New Life won Silver Peacock. The Festival
concluded with the screening of the Spanish film The Broken Embraces,
directed by Pedro Almodovar. 77 Indian movies including 44 in the Indian
Panorama with 26 Feature and 18 Non Feature films were screened during the Festival. There was a section to commemorate 75 years of Assamese Cinema.

2010 : 41st IFFI

The 41st edition of IFFI-2010 During saw the participation of several eminent film personalities. During the Festival, 300 films were featured from 61 countries. The Indian Section of the Festival featured Centenaries of five unforgettable cinema talents- Ashok Kumar, B R Panthulu, Motilal, Nadia and Raja Paranjpe. Apart from this, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Odiya cinema was also observed. Amongst the retrospectives scheduled for prominent filmmakers, the list included Jan Jakub Kolski Retrospective, Jim Jarmusch Restrospective, Michael Cacoyannis Retrospective and Mira Nair Retrospective. The country focus during the festival was Mexico, Georgia and Sri Lanka.

2011 : 42nd IFFI

The Columbian film Porfirio directed by Alejandro Landes and produced by Franciso Aljure bagged the coveted Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film at the 42nd International Film Festival of India, while the Silver Peacock Award for the Best Director went to Asghar Farhadi for his film Nader and Simin-A Seperation. The Indian film Adaminte Makan Abu won the Special Jury Award. Director of the film Salim Ahamed received the award which consists of a Silver Peacock, Certificate and a Cash Prize of Rs 15 Lakh. Famous Tamil actor Suriya was the Chief Guest of the closing function.
The Best Actor award of Rs 10 lakh went to the Israeli actor Sasson Gabay for his role in the film Restoration whereas the Best Actress Award was won by Nadezhda Markina for her role in Elena.

2012 : 43rd IFFI

Curtains came down on the 43rd International Film Festival of India with the screening of Meera Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Bollywood stars Jackie Shroff, Shreyas Talpade
and Payal Rohtagi, among others were present at the closing ceremony. The Chief Guest was Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna. The Guest of Honour was award winning Australian Director Paul Cox. The festival started with the screening of Oscar Award winner Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Gurvinder Singh’s Punjabi film Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan bagged Golden Peacock. Best Director’s award went to Kyu-hwan Jeon for his film The Weight. Anjali Patil’s heart-warming performance in Prasanna Vithanag’s Sinhala-Tamil movie With You, Without You won her the Best Actor (Female) award. Special Jury Award went to Lucy Mulloy for her Spanish movie Una Noche. The IFFI this year celebrated the centenary year of Indian Cinema by bestowing the ‘Centenary Film Award’ to Meera Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

2013 : 44th IFFI

One of the best known representatives of the ‘New Wave Czech Cinema’, Jiri Menzel received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th edition of IFFI. Jiri Menzel made his mark on the cultural history of his native Czech Republic as a film auteur, theatre director and actor. The festival saw the participation of legendary singer, Asha Bhonsle, noted Iranian film director, Majid Majidi, chief guest Susan Sarandon and the icon of Bollywood, Waheeda Rehman. Susan Sarandon said, “India has a rich history of film-making and is always eager to make films which broaden our horizon.” The multi-dimentional film personality, Kamal Hassan said he owed his success as an artist to the fraternity of the world cinema. Describing her association with the world of cinema, Asha Bhonsle acknowledged that seventy years in Indian film industry gave her immense love and affection.

2014 : 45th IFFI

At the 45th International Film Festival of India, superstar Rajinikanth was conferred Centenary Award for the Indian Film Personality of the Year. Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance Corporate Affairs, and Information & Broadcasting, in his address at the event, said that the Indian Film industry had come of age in view of the diversity it offered as regards the number of films produced in different languages and themes. “Cinema today acted as the alternate religion as it entertained, educated, gave a social perspective to issues, offered young growing minds the vision to learn and nurture talent,” he said. Jaitley also highlighted the importance of Goa being made the permanent venue of the International Film Festival of India in the context of its hospitality, growth, natural beauty and cultural diversity. In his address, the Chief Guest for the function, Amitabh Bachchan traced the evolution of Indian Cinema through its various facets touching upon the iconic films in different periods and the dominant themes. Bachchan highlighted the role and relevance of Indian Cinema in the context of India’s diversity and plurality.

2015 : 45th IFFI

Internationally co-produced adventure drama film Embrace of the Serpent (Al Abrazo de la Serpiente) bagged the Best Film Award at the 46th IFFI. The film was produced by Christina Gallego and directed by Ciro Guerra. The Best Director award went to Peter Greenaway for the film Eisenstein in Guanajuato. The Best Actor (Male) went to Vincent Lindon for his portrayal of a laid off factory worker Thierry Taogourdeau in the film The Measure of a Man. The Best Actor (Female) award was shared by Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan and Ilyada Akdogan for portrayal of role of five young orphaned sisters in the Turkish film Mustang. The Russian film maker, actor and head of Russian Cinematographers Union Nikita Mikhalkov was conferred upon the Lifetime Achievement Award.


At the Closing Ceremony of IFFI 2016, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting has said that Government was taking all efforts to digitalise whole spectrum of services available to the citizens. Convergence of array of services to empower citizens through Mobile technology is happening. The Film Facilitation Office (FFO) set up by the government was a step towards facilitating single window clearance for filmmakers, promote India as a filming destination and provide the platform for film tourism in the country, he said. Chief Guest was filmmaker S S Rajamouli. Best Film award was bagged by the Movie Daughter. The award came with the Golden Peacock Trophy, certificate and a cash prize amount of Rs 40,00,000, shared between the Director and the Producer equally. Iranian actor Farhad Aslani won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the strict father in the same film Daughter picking up the Silver Peacock and Rs 10 lakh in cash prize. The Best Director award was given to Baris Kaya for the film Rauf. The ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal was awarded to Turkish film maker Mustafa Kara’s Cold of Kalandar.

Shekar Kapur’s Bandit Queen is the most merciless of movies. Almost anyone who sees it, registers two gut-wrenching shocks: the first, about caste and gender exploitation in rural India; the second, that Indian cinema could have mounted so scathing an attack on these through a living icon. Shyam Benegal and Pritish Nandy have said it is possibly the greatest film ever made in India

2017 : 48th IFFI

Actress Sridevi, who celebrated 50 years in the Indian film industry this year, inaugurated the Indian Panorama Section of the 48th International Film Festival of India. The inaugural ceremony introduced audiences to IFFI’s official selection of 26 Feature & 16 Non-Feature films under the Indian Panorama 2017 category. Sridevi, who made her presence felt at the opening ceremony of the festival, felicitated the renowned and upcoming filmmakers and presented to them certificates of participation at the Indian Panorama 2017. Morocco born French Director Robin Campillo’s drama film 120 BPM won the coveted Golden Peacock Award. Chinese director Vivian Qu won the Best Director Award for her 2017 film Angels Wear White. The Best Actor (Male) Award went to Nahuel Perez Biscaryat. The Best Actor (Female) went to Parvathy T K. Both Best Actor Male and Female
are honoured with the Silver Peacock Trophy and a cash prize of Rs 1 million. Mahesh Narayan also walked away with the Special Jury Award for his directorial debut Take Off. Manouj Kadaam’s Marathi film Kshitij won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal. The Indian Film Personality of the Year Award was presented to Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan.

2018 : 49th IFFI

The 49th edition of IFFI opened amidst the presence of film stars, filmmakers and cine-lovers from across the world amid pomp and gaiety.
The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 also saw the launch of the Web Portal of Film Facilitation Office (FFO) by Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting set up the Film Facilitation Office in NFDC in 2015 with a view to promote and facilitate film shootings by foreign filmmakers in India, the services of which have now been extended to Indian filmmakers as well. Israeli master craftsman Dan Wolman was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Speaking at the occasion, Wolman said, “Thank you for honoring me with the Lifetime Achievement Award which is the highest award that I have ever received. It is sweeter because I am receiving it in India, a country whose people, culture and phenomenal cinema I truly admire.”

2019 : 50th IFFI

The 50th International Film Festival of India, 2019 will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian panorama section and around 12,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition. Indian Panorama is a flagship section of IFFI, which showcases the best of contemporary Indian Feature and Non-Feature Films. This year, the Feature Film Jury was headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter Priyadarshan. The Jury has chosen the film HELLARO (Gujarati) directed by Abhishek Shah as the Opening Feature Film of Indian Panorama 2019. The Non–Feature Jury was headed by well-known documentary Filmmaker, Rajendra Janglay. The Non-Feature film Jury selected the film Nooreh directed by Ashish Pandey as the Opening Non-Feature Film of Indian Panorama 2019.

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The Big Bachchan of Bollywood

admin   November 21, 2019

The name Amitabh Bachchan is synonymous to Indian cinema. From acting, anchoring, singing to even lending his voice to various shows, the actor’s contribution to cinema has been immense in numerous ways. And even after 50 glorious years in the industry, the megastar continues to rule the roost. The Indian government will acknowledge Amitabh’s achievements and contribution to Bollywood at the upcoming international Film Festival in Goa by honouring him with the most coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award

by Poornima Bajwa Sharma

“Basically I am just another actor who loves his work and this thing about age exits only in media,” Amitabh Bachchan once shared in one of his interviews. Well, we can’t agree more as Amitabh is the only actor who is perhaps giving new age actors, a run for their money, even after spending so many years in this industry.

Big B started his film career in 1969 with the film Saat Hindustani, his only Black and White movie. The film was well received by the critics, who were bowled over by young Amitabh’s performance and declared him as the upcoming superstar on the block.

Cut to 2019, Big B is today a living legend and is busy doing equally good work. His recent films like Pink and Badla are testimony of his award-winning performances till date.

Besides conquering the film industry, Big B is the only actor who has been ruling the small screen too for almost two decades now. Ayiye deviyon aur sajjanon! hum aur aap khelte hain Kaunbanega crorepati” has been resonating in every household at night, since 3rd July 2000, till today.

From 13 million followers on Twitter to a separate Wikipedia page devoted only to the awards he has won, there are enough reasons why it has been suggested that Bollywood can certainly be called ‘Bachchan’!

The International Film Festival of India, slated to happen in Goa from November 20-28 this year, will be acknowledging all these glorious years of Amitabh Bachchan and his incredible contribution to the Indian cinema. The mega star will be hounoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award at the do that will also screen six films of the actor.

So, while, the entire industry and his ardent fans are looking forward to the special occasion where Amitabh Bachchan will add another feather to his cap, here’s a look at what his colleagues from the industry, have to say about him.

Amitabh Bachchan had already arrived. With hits like Zanjeer, Abhimaan and Nama Haram to his credit, the actor got an incredible push in his career when Ramesh Sippy casted him for his movie Sholay. The 1975 film is till date the biggest movie of Amitabh’s career and of the Indian cinema too. It was destined for Amitabh to be a part of such an iconic film as Sippy shared how he first thought of casting Shatrugan Sinha in the film. But since, he was already busy with other films, the role landed in Big B’s kitty. And rest, they say, is history! Big B and Sippy ruled again in 1980 with another blockbuster Shaan.

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IFFI 50 & Fantastic-Lifetime Achievement Award to Isabelle Huppert

admin   November 21, 2019

IFFI is back, this time in a much bigger and better way. For, this year marks its golden jubilee. A lot of interesting things are in store, from special screening for the visually impaired to screening films that have turned 50 and best of Oscar winning movies. Here’s a trailer of IFFI that kickstarts on November 20 in Goa.

The international film festival of India (IFFI) is one of the most-awaited
events for film fanatics, theatre artists, aspiring actors and industry professionals. The film extravaganza brings the best of craft and cinema from across the world, under one roof. Needless to say, besides a chance to witness great cinema, the event is a reservoir of knowledge.

Organised by the government of India, the event is planned and executed by a Steering Committee which consists of industry leaders and big wigs who can be credited with the event’s success. This year, the Steering Committee includes members like Union Minister Prakash Javadekar; Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant; I&B Secretary Amit Khare; Chief Secretary, Goa, Parimal Rai; Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Subhash Phal Dessai; representatives of the film community including Shaji N Karun, Shri AK Bir, Rahul Rawail, Manju Borah, Ravi Kottarakara and Madhur Bhandarkar; senior officials of Directorate of Film Festivals, Entertainment Society of Goa, I&B Ministry and Goa Government. Besides, Bollywood leaders like Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Feroze Abbas Khan and Subhash Ghai will also be part of the Steering Committee.

This year, IFFI, slated to happen In Goa from November 20 to 28, 2019, is marking its golden jubilee. The event has got bigger and better this year as it enters its 50th edition.

Internationally acclaimed French actor Isabelle Huppert would be conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award. Huppert, who has worked in films like The Lacemaker, Violette Nozière, La Cérémonie, among others, has appeared in more than 120 films since making her debut in 1971. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, the national film award of France, with 16 nominations, and has won it twice. She was a regular with some of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the French New Wave, including Claude Chabrol and Bertrand Tavernier.

Like stated earlier, IFFI not just gives you a chance to experience unforgettable cinematic treat, but also provides you a platform to network, learn and enhance your knowledge about the nuances of film making. This year, the event will have multiple masterclasses, In-Conversation sessions and workshops from the industry people from all across the globe. For instance, ace Indian filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar and Priyadarshan will share their experiences and teach nitty-gritties of film direction, actors like Rishi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor TaapseePannu, Rakulpreet Singh will talk about their career highlights and industry experiences, along with Meghna Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, Rahul Rawail and others talking about the art of filmmaking. Besides, there’s lots more into these masterclasses.

Besides showcasing 200 landmark films that have been lauded all across the world, the event also has an impressive line-up of previous movies, including the ones that have bagged the Golden Peacock Award.

There is also a section that will showcase incredible Oscar winning movies like the Godfather, Forest Gump, Gone with the Wind, among others.

That apart, special arrangements will be made for the visually impaired to let them also enjoy cinema, along with sections like World Panorama and Kaleidoscope, that will leave cine buffs asking for more.

So, while you have been waiting for the event to begin, with a bated breath, here’s a sneak peek of what this year’s edition has in store for you.

Indian Panorama is a flagship section of IFFI, which showcases the best of contemporary Indian Feature and Non-Feature Films of the years . This year, the Feature Film Jury is headed by acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter  Priyadarshan . The Jury has chosen the film HELLARO (Gujarati ) directed by Abhishek Shah as the Opening Feature Film of Indian Panorama 2019

Best fiction films from around the globe

Under the section ‘World Panorama’, the event will showcase 64 award-winning feature-length fiction films, that are produced between 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019, from around the globe. Adam, A First Farewell, far From Us, Give Me Liberty, among others, are some of the films under the section.

The Best of Indian Cinema

IFFI 2019 will be a golden chance for you if you want to witness the best of contemporary Indian Feature and Non-Feature Films of the years. The jury, including industry bigwigs like ace filmmaker Priyadarshan and well-known documentary filmmaker Shri Rajendra Janglay, have chosen films like Hellaro (Gujarati), Pareeksha (Hindi), Ek Je Chhilo Raja (Bengali), Uri : The Surgical Strike (Hindi), Gully Boy (Hindi), Super 30 (Hindi), to name a few, which will be displayed under the section.

Impressive lineup for the ‘Golden Peacock’

The section consists of line-up of extra ordinary work from all across the world, in the run up for the much coveted ‘Golden Peacock’ award. The trophy, that will come along with a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh this time, will be given to one out of 15 movies have been produced and coproduced by 22 countries. Movies that will fight against each other include names like Balloon (China), Antigone (Canada), Jallikattu (India), among others.

Missed Mumbai International Film Festival? IFFI is here to help!

IFFI works hard to showcase the best of cinema to its audience. This year, it will showcase 17 award-winning films, from Mumbai International Film Festival, made in the last 10 years which includes documentaries, short fiction and animation films across the globe including Germany, Russia, Romania, United Kingdom and South Korea apart from India.

Treat for the visually impaired

IFFI aims to reach out as many as people as it can to let them explore and experience the kind of cinema that it offers. And considering movie watching is not easy for the visually impaired, the event has done its bit so that this section of audience doesn’t feel left out. It will organise special screenings of 3 brilliant films; Lage RahoMunna Bhai (Hindi), M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (Hindi), and Questao De Confusa (Konkani); along with audio description that translates images, visual information or non-dialogue portions of film into spoken words so that visually impaired people can access, and enjoy the films.

Honouring living legend Amitabh Bachchan

The 50th edition will honour megastar Amitabh Bachchan with the prestigious DadasahebPhalke Award, for his stupendous work and immense contribution to the Indian cinema. Highlighting his work, the event will showcase 6 of his films; Deewaar, Badla, Paa, Piku, Sholey
and Black; that made a mark in the world.

Films that have turned 50!

As IFFI marks its Golden jubilee, it has crafted a special section ‘The Golden Lining’ as part of which it will screen best films that have completed 50 years, from across the world. The package includes Films in Odiya, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Assamese and Malayalam. Some of the iconic movies to be shown are Aradhana by Shakti Samanta, Satyakam by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Stree by Siddharth and Nanak Nam Jahaz Hai by Ram Maheshwary, among others.

IFFI also hosts many retrospectives, tributes, master classes and special sections, which enhance the variety and depth of the event. The master classes have emerged as a highlight of the festival, especially for film school students who converge in Goa during the eight-day event

Iconic work by 18 National awards winner Mrinal Sen

This year, a new section‘Indian New Wave Cinema’ is dedicated to 12 films produced in India from the late 1950s to the late 1970s that were distinct in the narrative, style and budget, compared to those being produced in the mainstream cinema. This includes work of filmmaker Mrinal Sen, who has won 18 National Film Awards 18 times, the Padma Bhushan (2008) and the DadasahebPhalke Award.

Indian New wave Cinema Screenings in IFFI 2019

  • Ajantrik (1957)
  • Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960)
  • Bhuvan Shome (1969)
  • Swayamvaram (1972)
  • Ankur (1973)
  • Uttarayanam (1974)
  • Bhumika (1976)
  • Agraharathil Kazhuthai (1977)
  • Thampu (1978)
  • Uski Roti (1969)
  • Duvidha (1973)
  • Tarang (1972)

Date with master filmmakers

Like every year, this year too, the event will bring to you work by master filmmakers, under its section Master frames. The section has the section has 17 films, like By The Grace Of God, Adults in the Room, The Golden Glove, to name a few it by filmmakers of international repute like Pedro Almodovar, Lav Diaz, Xavier Dolan, Dardenne Brothers, Costa Gavras, Wernor Herzog, HirokazuKoreeda, Fatih Akin and more.

Finest work by Ken Loach

The event will showcase some of the finest works by two-time Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach is widely acclaimed across international cinema as an independent filmmaker and documentarian. Some of the landmarks films that will be shows as part of Ken Loach: Retrospective section are Kes, sweet Sixteen, Fatherland, Sorry We Missed You, and more.

Celebration time at IFFI

You missed Oscarwinning movies? IFFI is here for you!

This year, it is Oscar raining at the IFFI. The event has shortlisted the best of Oscar-winning movies to be showcased at the do. These include names like Monos (Columbia), Stupid Young Heart (Finland), Adam (Morocco), Beanpole (Russia), System Crasher (Germany), and many more. Get set to witness the best of world cinema and some of the stellar performances.

Golden Peacock Films of last 49 years!

Golden Peacock award has been a coveted title conferred by IFFI, to the world class cinema. In an effort to let cine aficionados enjoy and witness the stupendous award moving movies, in case they missed any one, the event will showcase all the Golden Peacock movies of the last 49 years under the section Golden Peacock retrospective.

Restoring Indian Classics

IFFI aims to cherish rich cinematic heritage and sharing it with new set of audience and introducing to them the glories of the past. The “Restored Indian Classics’ sections aims the same with showcasing two of the finest Indian films, Kalpana by Uday Shankar and TitasEkti Nadir Naam.

The Best from Asia

This year, IFFI has curated films that have made their mark from across various Asian countries and filmmakers. Titled as ‘Soul of Asia’, the section includes movies like Chinese films Feelings to Tell by Wen LI, Taiwanese film Ten Years Taiwan, Japanese film Ten Years Japan, Wet Season directed by Anthony Chen coproduced by Singapore and Taiwan, and more.

The ‘Gandhian’ film

IFFI, in association, with the International Council for Film, and Television and Audio-Visual Communication Paris (ICFT) will present a UNESCO Medal to a selected film which upholds the values exhibited by Mahatma Gandhi for his immense contribution to the society for preserving peace & non-violence. Indian film BahattarHoorain, along with other movies like Oray, Rwanda and Sanctorum, among others, are in the running for the title.

The power of silence!

Before movies were made with dialogues, films at their nascent stage were released without any dialogues. They still left an impact, solely because of superb acting and emoting skills of the actors, background skills and excellent direction. This year, IFFI will bring back the lost era and mark the stupendous art of filmmaking by showcasing classic silent movies, played with live music. The charismatic experience with be a part of the section ‘Silent Film with Live Music’.

The Syria massacre

Immigration is one of the major problems that we face today. The Syrian immigrant crisis has found cinematic voice through master filmmakers over the last few years as an acknowledgement to this ongoing crisis. IFFI, in its own way, is working to solve the menace. This edition will see the special screening of the film ‘I’m Gonna Tell God Everything’ that narrates the heart wrenching story of Syria between 2011 and 2018.

French Homages

IFFI will pay homage to filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Agnes Varda, who passed away in November 2018 and march 2019. The Dreams and Varda are the two French films that will be screened under this section.

Focus on Takashi Miike

With IFFI going bigger and better the event will this time focus on Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike by dedicating an entire section ‘filmmaker In Focus’ to him. This will include showcasing five of his finest films like First Love, Ichi the Killer, Audition, Dead or Alive, 13 Assassins. Miike is often considered as one of the most outstanding filmmakers from Asia and around the world with a cult status due to his films often mixing distinctly different genres and creating movies which stand out due to their mind-bending nature.

Debutants like never before

IFFI has always been a platform for budding filmmakers. This year too, it will see the best of debutants showcasing their work and fighting it out to be on the top under the Debutant Competition Section.

20 handpicked world-renowned films

Festival Kaleidoscope, one of the most loved and important sections of the festival, brings hand picked films that have already made a mark in the world. This year 20 such films have been curated from all across the world. So, in case you have missed the ‘not be missed’ cinematic experience, you have a reason to cheer.


  • APAROOPA (Biju Phukan)
  • BHUVAN SHOME (Mrinal Sen)
  • EK ANEK AUR EKTA (Vijaya Mulay)
  • GANASHATRU (Rama Guha Thakurta)
  • HUM (kadar Khan)
  • HUM APKE HAIN KAUN (Raj Kumar Barjatya)
  • KANOORU HEGGADITHI (Girish Karnad)
  • PHOOL AUR KAANTE (Veeru Devegan)
  • RAJNIGANDHA (Vidya Sinha)
  • THE TIDAL (Vijaya Mulay)
  • UMRAO JAAN ( Khayyam)
  • VEYILMARANGAL (MJ Radhakrishnan)

The best from Russia

Every year IFFI features ‘Country of Focus’ by picking up the best cinematic work and contribution of a particular country. This year, the country in focus is Russia. You will get to witness some of the best Russian films like Abigail by Aleksandr Boguslavskiy, Acid by Alexander Gorchilin, Great poetry by AleksandrLungin, to name a few.

The Goan story!

Held in Goa, IFFI, every year, dedicates a section that displays the best work from the Konkan film industry, that has been growing fast in the past few years. This year too, the festival has picked the best Konkani films that have made a mark across the globe. the list includes names like A rainy day, Amori, Digant, and more.

The awards that the competitive festival offers are significant in money terms. IFFI hands out prize money to the tune of US$ 200,000. The winner of the Golden Peacock for the best film takes home $80,000. That apart, the best director and the Special Jury Prize winner bag $30,000 each, while the two acting prizes come with a cash component of $20,000 each

The Best IFFI Jury of this Century

The jury is an integral part of any film festival. And IFFI takes care that it ropes in the best from the industry to judge and select the movies it wants to show. This year John Bailey, Cinematographer and Ex. President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will chair the International Jury of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). French filmmaker Robin Campillo who was also a member of the Cannes International Jury 2019, renowned Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yang and Lynne Ramsay, who is one of the leading lights of young British cinema will be the co-jurors. Eminent Filmmaker, Ramesh Sippy is the Indian member in the International Jury.