Line up of movies for international competition during 51st IFFI

Line up of movies for international competition during 51st IFFI
iffi 2019 file photo

51st International Film Festival of India has released the line-up of international movies for competition during the festival. The best of the feature-length fiction films from all over the world are selected to compete in the section. It is one of the most important sections of the festival that features some of the best films of the year and these 15 films compete for the Golden Peacock and other awards.

The movies that are part of the stellar line up include.

The Domain by Tiago Guedes(Portugal)

Into The Darkness by Anders Refn(Denmark)

 February by KamenKalev(Bulgaria, France)

 My Best Part by Nicolas Maury(France)

 I Never Cry by Piotr Domalewski(Poland, Ireland)

 La Veronica by Leonardo Medel(Chile)

 Light For The Youth by Shin Su-won(South Korea)

 Red Moon Tide by Lois Patiño(Spain)

 Dream About Sohrab by Ali Ghavitan(Iran)

 The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night by RaminRasouli(Afghanistan, Iran)

 The Silent Forest by KO Chen-Nien(Taiwan)

 The Forgotten by Daria Onyshchenko(Ukraine, Switzerland)

 Bridge by KripalKalita(India)

 A Dog And His Man by SiddharthTripathy(India)

 Thaen by Ganesh Vinayakan(India)

These films will compete for various categories of awards, viz:

Best Film (Golden Peacock) – this award carries a cash prize of Rs.  40,00,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer. The Director will receive the Golden Peacock and a Certificate in addition to the cash component. The Producer will receive a Certificate in addition to the cash component.

Best Director: Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs.15,00,000/-

Best Actor (Male): Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs10,00,000/-

Best Actor (Female): Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs10,00,000/-

Special Jury Award: Silver Peacock, Certificate and a cash prize of Rs 15,00,000/- given to a film (for any aspect of the film which the jury wishes to award/acknowledge) or an individual (for his/her artistic contribution to a film). The award, if given to a film, will be given to the Director of the film.

Posted On: 07 JAN 2021 4:46PM by PIB Delhi

What is IFFI?

Revisit the Golden Journey of IFFI

Films have been an integral part of all our lives and India has a rich history in film making. The International Film Festival of India has gained itself a reputation of being one of the most significant film festivals of Asia, by awarding excellence in cinematic achievements. From showcasing the most critically acclaimed films from around the world to providing a competitive platform to Indian Regional cinema, IFFI has come a long way in fostering the talent of both eminent and budding filmmakers.

Started way back in 1952, the first ever IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India – Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) aims at providing a common platform to the cinemas across the world to project the excellence of the art of film making. This India’s most prestigious festival is also the first International Film Festival held anywhere in Asia.

IFFI makes the Golden Quadrilateral of India shine brighter

The inaugural edition at Bombay (now called as Mumbai) started off at a positive note, with the United States participating with 40 feature films and about a hundred short films. The festival was subsequently taken to the cities of Madras, Delhi and Calcutta in the next few years. With the induction of Competition Category during its 3rd edition, The Sri Lankan film Gamperaliya became the first recipient of the Golden Peacock Award. By the 5th edition, IFFI became the only Indian member of FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) and was classified as an “A” grade festival. Post this, the festival travelled to various cities across the country during which the non-competitive, vernacular Filmotsavs were merged to IFFI.

IFFI boosts the morale of vernacular cinemas

The once sceptical scenario of Goa’s film culture changed with a number of Konkani films getting made every year. There are film-clubs flourishing in Goa and the weekly releases at the multiplex are met with a lot of enthusiasm. In the last 14 years of its existence in Goa, around 12 Konkani films have made their way to the Panorama category of Indian cinema in IFFI till now. This has also invited the interests of various other vernacular films and artists to come out and participate in this category and gain a worldwide recognition.

IFFI’s journey from 23 countries in 1952 to 65+ countries in 2019

With 50 years of existence and over a decade’s presence in Goa, IFFI has grown massively in both quantitative and qualitative terms. In 1952, it started with the participation of 23 countries with over two hundred films’ entries. Last year, the numbers quadrupled to a whopping 1000 entries from over 100 countries across the world.

IFFI which was an eleven-day siesta in 2015 has been reduced to 9 this time. The lesser number of festival hours will be compensated with lesser repeat screenings and restrict this option only for films that prove to be extremely popular with delegates. This will promote healthy competition among the top films that are eyeing for these slots.

From Indian to International Celebrities, IFFI has seen them all

Over the years, IFFI has witnessed renowned personalities from across the country and the world coming down to attend this. The festival has had celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, A.R.Rahman, Ilayaraja, Salman Khan, Shekhar Kapur, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar and many more as a Chief Guest and Speaker over the years. The International Film Festival of India has also the likes of Gen Y Film Personalities like Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh and so many more over the recent past.

Apart from the people, some of the most critically-acclaimed movies that IFFI has been showcased in the past 5 years include 120 BPM, 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). Some of the art films that performed well commercially, like Life of Pi, Mandela:Long Walk To Freedom, The Man Who Knew Infinity and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, have also found their place at the IFFI Premiere screenings.