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International Film Festival of India

International Film Festival of India
Logo of International Film Festival of India
Opening film Kanyaka Talkies
Location Goa, India
Founded 1952
Hosted by Entertainment Society of Goa
Festival date 45th IFFI 20–30 November 2014

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952,[1][2] is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually in the state of Goa, on the western coast of the country, the festival aims at providing 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.

The festival is conducted jointly by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and the government of Goa. The 43rd edition of IFFI was held in Panaji, Goa, from 20 November to 30 November 2012, and was inaugurated by Akshay Kumar.[3] The 44th Edition of IFFI was held at Panjim Goa from November 20, 2013 with Susan Sarandon as the Chief Guest.[4]


Ayam nijam paroveti gananā laghuchetasām, Udāracharitānām tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam[5]

(Extract from the Vedic scripture Maha Upanishad, meaning "This is for me and that is for other – is the thinking of a narrow-minded person. For those who are broad-minded, liberals, or noble people, the entire world is a one big family.")[5]

Nothing exemplifies the Indian notion of non-violence and peaceful coexistence as "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", the phrase in which IFFI and its theme are rooted.


The 1st edition of IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India. Held in Mumbai[2] from 24 January to 1 February 1952,[6] the Festival was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi, Calcutta and Trivandrum.[7] In all it had about 40 features and 100 short films. In Delhi, the IFFI was inaugurated by Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 21 February 1952.[8]

The first edition was non-competitive, had twenty three countries including the United States participating with 40 feature films and about a hundred short films. The Indian entries for the festival were Awara (Hindi), Patala Bhairavi (Telugu), Amar Bhoopali (Marathi) and Babla (Bengali). This was the first International Film Festival held anywhere in Asia. The notable films shown during the festival were Bicycle Heives, Miracle of Milan & Open City from Italy. Yukiwarisoo (Japan), Dancing Fleese (UK), The River (USA) and Fall of Berlin (USSR).

It was for the first time that the Indian Film Industry was exposed to a vast range of outstanding post –war era films. From the 3rd edition in January 1965, IFFI became competitive. It has since then moved to Trivandrum, capital of Kerala. In 1975 the Filmotsav, non-competitive and to be held in other filmmaking cities in alternate years, was introduced. Later, Filmotsavs were merged in IFFI. In 2004 the IFFI was moved to Goa from Trivandrum. Since then IFFI has been an annual event and competitive.

IFFI 2013

The 44th International Film Festival of India was held at Panaji, Goa from November 20 to 30. Susan Sarandon, an American actress was the chief guest at the opening ceremony and Michelle Yeoh was the chief guest at the closing ceremony on November 30.[4]

Czech film director Jiri Menzel was conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award.[9] Indian Film Actress Waheeda Rehman was conferred with Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.[10]

The IFFI 2013 witnessed several things for the first time, including a film produced and directed by an Afghan director and a film from the north-eastern states of India.[4]


The list of awards given at IFFI 2013 is as follows:[11]

  • Golden Peacock Award: Beatriz’s War
  • Best Director: Kaushik Ganguli
  • Special Jury Award: Thou Gild’st The Even
  • Best Actor (Male): Alon Moni Aboutboul
  • Best Actor (Female): Boczarska Magdalena
  • Special Centenary Award: Meghe Dhaka Tara

Golden Peacock Award winners

The first Price for Best Film in 1987 was a Special Jury Award. 2006 and 2007 were also Special Jury Awards. In 2009 the Best Feature Film price was a Silver Peacock Award.

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1987 Wisdom Tree Rajan Khosa  India
2003 At Five in the Afternoon Panj é asr Samira Makhmalbaf  Iran /  France
2004 The Beautiful City Shah-re ziba Asghar Farhadi  Iran
2005 Iron Island Jazireh ahani Mohammad Rasoulof  Iran
2006 Forever Flows Nirontor Abu Sayeed  Bangladesh
2007 On the Wings of Dreams Swopnodanay Golam Rabbany Biplob  Bangladesh
More Than Anything in the World Más que a nada en el mundo Andrés León Becker / Javier Solar  Mexico
2008 Tulpan Sergei Dvortsevoy  Kazakhstan /  Russia
2009 The Other Bank Gagma napiri George Ovashvili Kazakhstan
2011 Porfirio Alejandro Landes  Colombia /  Argentina
2012 Thy Womb Sinapupunan Brillante Mendoza  Philippines
2013 Beatriz's War A Guerra da Beatriz Luigi Acquisto / Bety Reis  Timor-Leste
2014 Leviathan Leviafan Andrey Zvyagintsev  Russia


  • The first IFFI was held in 1952, and American director Frank Capra attended as a part of the US delegation[12]
  • On the eve of IFFI 2006, journalist and author Mario Cabral e Sa's book Location Goa, highlighting Goa's contribution to the Hindi film world, was released on 21 November 2006.
  • Since 2004, Goa has hosted IFFI every year. This brings in more visitors to the State, and also coincides with the novenas and feast of the 16th-century Basque missionary-saint Francis Xavier.


  1. ^ M. Mohan Mathews (2001). India, Facts & Figures. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. pp. 134–.  
  2. ^ a b Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. pp. 98–.  
  3. ^ "43rd International Film Festival of India in Goa". Nov 20, 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Susan Sarandon to be Chief Guest at IFFI 2013 at Goa". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "A Festival Showcasing Talent of Lights, Camera and Action! – International Film Festival of India – 2011". Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  6. ^ S. C. Bhatt, Gopal K. Bhargava (2006). Land and People of Indian States and Union Territories: In 36 Volumes. Maharashtra. Gyan Publishing House. p. 655.  
  7. ^ Saverio Giovacchini; Robert Sklar (1 December 2011). Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 179–.  
  8. ^ Jawaharlal Nehru (1972). Selected works of Jawaharlal Nehru. Orient Longman. p. 311.  
  9. ^ "IFFI 2013 to open with Malayalam Film Kanyaka Talkies". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Waheeda Rehman to get Award for Film Personality of the Year at IFFI 2013". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "List of Awards at IFFI 2013 held in Goa". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Capra, Frank. The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography Vintage Bools, New York, 1985, p.43

External links

  • Official Website
  • Entertainment Society of India web site
  • Commemorating the first edition of IFFI - broken link
  • Pandit Nehru inaugurating the first IFFI, NPL auditorium, Feb 21, 1952
  • IMDb
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