International Film Festival of India

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.[3]

International Film Festival of India
50th International Film Festival of India
LocationGoa, India


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, 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 in Milan, Rome, Open City from Italy. Yukiwarisoo (Japan), The Dancing Fleese (UK), The River (USA) and The 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] The venue for the second festival held in 1961 which was also non-competitive was New Delhi. The third edition of the festival was chaired by Satyajit Ray. For the first time the festival became competitive, and was graded ‘A’ category by the Paris – based Federation International de Producers de Films.[8] With this recognition the festival in India came on par with Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Karlovy Vary and Moscow International film festivals.[9]

Following this recognition, India adopted, at its fifth festival in 1975, a permanent insignia. This comprises a representation of the peacock, India’s national bird, with a permanent motto of the festival ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (The whole world is a family). The same year it was decided to hold a non-competitive festival of festival films (Filmotsav) alternating with IFFI. While the Filmotsavs were organized at major film – producing centres of India, IFFI was held in New Delhi only.[9]

The venue being the same for all festivals, the fourth and fifth festivals were held from 5–18 December 1969 and 30 December 1974-12 January 1975 respectively. 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 sixth festival was held in 1977 and silver peacock for best actor, actress and director was awarded for the first time. A film market was also set up for the first time by the IMPEC. The Indian Panorama section was instituted from this edition.[9]

Chronology of IFFI and Filmotsav

Edition Year Venue Competitive [8][10][11]
1st 24 January 1952 Mumbai No
2nd 27 October – 2 November 1961 New Delhi No
3rd 8–21 January 1965 New Delhi Yes
4th 5 – 18 December 1969 New Delhi Yes
5th 30 December 1974 – 12 January 1975 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 14 November 1975 Kolkata No
Filmotsav 2 – 15 January 1976 Mumbai No
6th 3–16 January 1977 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 3 -16 January 1978 Chennai No
7th 3–16 January 1979 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 3 -16 January 1980 Bengaluru No
8th 3–16 January 1981 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 3 -16 January 1982 Kolkata No
9th 3–16 January 1983 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 3 -16 January 1984 Mumbai No
10th 3–16 January 1985 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 10–24 January 1986 Hyderabad No
11th 10–24 January 1987 New Delhi Yes
Filmotsav 10–24 January 1988 Thiruvananthapuram No
12th 10–24 January 1989 New Delhi No
IFFI '90 10–20 January 1990 Kolkata No
IFFI '91 10–20 January 1991 Chennai No
IFFI '92 10–20 January 1992 Bengaluru No
24th 10–20 January 1993 New Delhi No
25th 10–20 January 1994 Kolkata No
26th 10–20 January 1995 Mumbai No
27th 10–20 January 1996 New Delhi Yes – Asian Women Directors
28th 10–20 January 1997 Thiruvananthapuram No
29th 10–20 January 1998 New Delhi Yes – Asian Directors
30th 10–20 January 1999 Hyderabad No
31st 10–20 January 2000 New Delhi Yes – Asian Directors
32nd 2001 – Cancelled Cancelled No
33rd 1–10 October 2002 New Delhi Yes – Asian Competition
34th 9 – 19 October 2003 New Delhi Yes – Asian Competition

Permanent Venue

Since 2004, starting from the 35th edition, the International Film Festival of India, became globally competitive, and moved to its permanent venue Goa, and is being held during the months of November and December of each year.[12][13] The dates for the festival vary each year, there are no permanent dates.

Golden Peacock Award winners (Feature Films)

EditionFilmOriginal TitleDirectorCountry [8]
3rdGamperaliyaLester James Peries Sri Lanka
4thThe DamnedLuchino Visconti Italy
5thDreaming YouthJános Rózsás Hungary
6thBrother and SisterAni ImōtoTadashi Imai Japan
7thHungarian RhapsodyMiklós Jancsó Hungary
8thThe Unknown Soldier’s Patent Leather Shoes
Rangel Valchanov
Govind Nihalani
9thNot AwardedNot AwardedNot AwardedNot Awarded
10thThe Bostonians
Ruthless Romance
James Ivory
Eldar Ryazanov
 United Kingdom
11thFarewell Green SummerProshal Zelen LetaElyer Ishmukhamedov Russia
27thBlushLi Shaohong China
29thThe King of MasksWu Tianming China
Railroad Man
Yasuo Furuhata
33rdLetters to ElzaIgor Maslennikov Russia
34thAt Five in the AfternoonPanj é asrSamira Makhmalbaf Iran /  France
35thThe Beautiful CityShah-re zibaAsghar Farhadi Iran
36thIron IslandJazireh ahaniMohammad Rasoulof Iran
37thThe Old BarberHasi Chaolu China
38thThe WallLin Chih Ju Taiwan
39thTulpanSergei Dvortsevoy Kazakhstan /  Russia
40thCannot Live Without YouLeon Dai Taiwan
41stMoner ManushGautam Ghose India
42ndPorfirioAlejandro Landes Colombia /  Argentina
43rdAnhe Ghore Da DaanGurvinder Singh India
44thBeatriz's WarA Guerra da BeatrizLuigi Acquisto / Bety Reis Timor-Leste
45thLeviathanLeviafanAndrey Zvyagintsev Russia
46thEmbrace of the SerpentEl abrazo de la serpienteCiro Guerra Colombia
47thDaughterDokhtarReza Mirkarimi Iran
48thBPM (Beats per Minute)Robin Campillo France
49thDonbassSergei Loznitsa Ukraine
50thParticlesLes particulesBlaise Harrison France

Golden Peacock Award winners (Short Films)

EditionFilmCountry [8]
3rdCyclone Cuba
4thTaking off at 1800 Hours Cuba
5thAutomatic Czechoslovakia
6thAfter the Silence India
7thAn Encounter with Faces
Olympic Games
8thA Period of Transition Denmark
9thNot AwardedNot Awarded
10thNarcissus Canada
11thNot AwardedNot Awarded

Silver Peacock Awards

Indian Film Personality of the Year

  • 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 ₹ 10,00,000/-.[14][15]
Edition Image Awardee Craft
44th Waheeda Rahman Actress
45th Rajinikanth Actor
46th Ilaiyaraaja Composer
47th S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Playback singer and composer
48th Amitabh Bachchan Actor
49th Salim Khan Screenwriter


  • The first IFFI was held in 1952, and American director Frank Capra attended as a part of the US delegation.[16]
  • 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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