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International Film Festival of India
International Film Festival of India Official Logo.png
Logo of International Film Festival of India
Location Goa, India
Founded 1952
Hosted by Entertainment Society of Goa

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952,[1][2] is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually, currently 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 48th edition (latest) of IFFI was held at Panjim Goa from 20 November 2017 inaugurated by SRK.[3]


Ayam nijam paroveti gananā laghuchetasām, Udāracharitānām tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam[4]

(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.")[4]


The 1st edition of IFFI was organised 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,[citation needed] the Festival was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi, Calcutta and Trivandrum.[5] 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.[6]

The first edition was non-competitive, had 23 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 Thieves, 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 film-making 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.[7]

World's first Sanskrit 3D film 'Anurakthi is among the main attraction in 3D category at the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Panaji in Goa. Asokan PK-directed film throws light on the ancient theatrical tradition of Koodiyattam in Kerala. The movie narrates the story of 'Vasudha', a Punjabi danseuse, who comes to Kerala to learn Koodiyattam from a practitioner called Paramesharwan Chakkiar.

Golden Peacock Award winners[edit]

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

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1965 Gamperaliya Lester James Peries  Sri Lanka
1980 Aakrosh Govind Nihalani  India
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  Georgia /  Kazakhstan
2011 Porfirio Alejandro Landes  Colombia /  Argentina
2012 Anhe Ghore Da Daan Gurvinder Singh  India
2013 Beatriz's War A Guerra da Beatriz Luigi Acquisto / Bety Reis  Timor-Leste
2014 Leviathan Leviafan Andrey Zvyagintsev  Russia
2015 Embrace of the Serpent El abrazo de la serpiente Ciro Guerra  Colombia
2016 Daughter Dokthar Reza Mirkarimi  Iran
2017 BPM (Beats per Minute) Robin Campillo  France


  • The first IFFI was held in 1952, and American director Frank Capra attended as a part of the US delegation.[8]
  • 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.

Indian Film Personality of the Year[edit]

  • Since 2013, on the occasion of 100 years of Cinema of India, the "Centenary Award" for the "Indian Film Personality of the Year" was instituted. The annual award is given to an Indian film veteran for their outstanding Contribution in Indian Film Industry through their film craft. This Award consists of a Silver Peacock Medal, a certificate and a Cash Prize of Rs. 10 Lakhs.[9][10]
Year Awardee Craft
2013 Waheeda Rahman Actress
2014 Rajinikanth Actor
2015 Ilaiyaraaja Composer
2016 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Playback singer and composer
2017 Amitabh Bachchan Actor


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  2. ^ a b Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema. Popular Prakashan. pp. 98–. ISBN 978-81-7991-066-5. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Key highlights of the 46th International Film Festival of India". PIB. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "A Festival Showcasing Talent of Lights, Camera and Action! – International Film Festival of India – 2011". Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Saverio Giovacchini; Robert Sklar (1 December 2011). Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 179–. ISBN 978-1-61703-122-9. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Jawaharlal Nehru (1972). Selected works of Jawaharlal Nehru. Orient Longman. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-19-563745-8. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "International Film Festival Of India 2017 | Goa Film festival | IFFI Awards | Onmanorama". OnManorama. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  8. ^ Capra, Frank. The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography Vintage Bools, New York, 1985, p. 43
  9. ^ "Who will be the Indian Film Personality of the Year at IFFI 2017?". 8 November 2017. 
  10. ^ "Waheeda receives Indian Film Personality of the Year award at IFFI". 

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