International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. 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 50th edition of IFFI features various sections that honour different aspects of cinema like the World Panorama section that showcases films that curate an amalgamation of new, unconventional, brave and wild cinematic experience for the film enthusiast; and other Indian sections that highlight achievements and strides made by National and regional cinema in India.
This year, 2019 marks the 50th year of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is often counted amongst one of the earliest film festivals of the Asian continent. The 50th International Film Festival of India,2019 will witness over 200 acclaimed films from 76 countries, with Russia as the country of focus. It also includes 26 feature films and 15 non feature films in Indian Panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to attend and participate in the golden jubilee edition.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Vision
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.”)
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Themes
The theme for 2018 International Film Festival is set as ‘Spread the Joy of Cinema’. It mainly focuses to make cinema reach every corners of the world and contribute to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) History
The International Film Festival of India, first started in the year 1952, is considered as the most significant film festivals all over the Asia. It is celebrated annually from 20th November to 28th November at beach in the Goa which intends to display the excellence of the film art through the common platform. It involves contributing the understanding of the culture of the film industry of different nations in order to promote the friendship and collaboration among the people worldwide.
The celebration of the international film festival is organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Government of Goa. The 42nd edition of it was celebrated in Margao, Goa which was launched by Shahrukh Khan, 43rd edition in Panaji, Goa (20th November to 30th November in 2012) which was inaugurated by Akshay Kumar.
The 1st edition of the film festival was held in Mumbai form 24th of January to 1st of February in the year 1952 which was organized by the Films Division, Government of India with support of the first Prime Minister of India. In the same year in Delhi it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 21st of February.
The further editions of it have been celebrated in the subsequent years in New Delhi which was then moved to the Trivandrum. It was moved to Goa from Trivandrum in the year 2004. The image of the Goa was enhanced as a world class film destination after the celebration of the 41st film festival.
The film festival of the 2010 has paid honor to all iconic filmmaker to put forth the great movies to the society. It had paid the honored compliments to the eleven Indian artists and film makers (Pamela Rooks, Debu Deodhar, Ravi Baswani, Sujit Kumkar, Bina Rai, K.Ashwath, Vishnuvardhan, Tahir Hussain, Abrar Alvi, Nirmal Pandey, Keshu Ramsay) who are no more. Life Time Achievement Award and Centenary Award is also distributed to the best actors of the film
44th edition of International Film Festival of India was celebrated in the month of November in 2013 from 20th to 30th November in the Goa, India. From the year of starting of film festival celebration in India, it has celebrated 48 film festivals. The entries for the 44th edition of International Film Festival of India was opened in July-August with the entry fee of Rs 1500.
For more details of the entry, go to the website: www.iffigoa.org/
IFFI 2018 Winners
Following are the winners of the International Film Festival of India 2018:
- Best Film
The Ukranian film named ‘Donbass’ won the coveted Golden Peacock award for best film. The film was directed by Sergei Loznitsa and was about a war taken place in Eastern Urkraine. The film showcases various events and unfolds many adventures in the war.
- Best Director
Lijo Jose Pellissery was chosen as the ‘Best Director’ and was awarded the Silver Peacock for the movie ‘Ee.Ma.Yau.’ The film which was set in Kerala shows the satire on death and its effects on human lives.
- Best Actor (Male)
Chemban Vinod was awarded with the Silver Peacock for the ‘Best Actor Male’ category for the movie ‘Ee.Ma.Yau.’
- Best Actor (Female)
The ‘Best Actor Female’ was won by Anastassia Pustovit and was awarded with the Silver Peacock trophy. She was awarded for her role in the Ukranian movie ‘When the Trees Fall’
- Special Jury Award
‘Special Jury Award’ was given to Milko Lazarov for his film ‘Aga’. The film describes the challenges faced by an elderly couple in a frigid landscape
- Best Debut Feature Film of a Director
‘The Best Debut Feature Film of a Director’ was won by Alberto Monteras II for his Philipino movie ‘Respecto’.
- ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal
The movie ‘Walking with the Wind ‘was given the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal for showcasing peace in people’s mind and the importance of human rights.
- IFFI 2018 Special Award
Salim Khan who is the famous scriptwriter and dialog writer of Hindi cinema was given the ‘IIFI 2018 Special Award’ for his lifetime contribution to the Indian cinema.