International Film Festival of India
|International Film Festival of India|
Logo of International Film Festival of India
|Opening film||Kanyaka Talkies|
|Hosted by||Entertainment Society of Goa|
|Festival date||20 November - 30 November 2013|
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually in the beach 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 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. The 44th Edition of IFFI would be held at Panjim Goa from November 20, 2013 with Susan Sarandon as the Chief Guest.
Ayam nijam paroveti gananā laghuchetasām, Udāracharitānām tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam
(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.")
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 from 24 January to 1 February 1952, the Festival was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi, Calcutta and Trivandrum. 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.
Since its beginnings in 1952 the IFFI has been the biggest event of its type in India. Subsequent IFFIs were held in New Delhi. 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.
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.
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.
The list of awards given at IFFI 2013 is as follows:
- 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
- The first IFFI was held in 1952, and American director Frank Capra attended as a part of the US delegation
- 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.
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