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ABOUT IFFI


The International Film Festival of India was first organized in 1952 by the Films Division of the government of India with the patronage of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who also inaugurated the festival.

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The International Film Festival of India was first organized in 1952 by the Films Division of the government of India with the patronage of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, who also inaugurated the festival.

Held at Bombay's New Empire theatre, now defunct, from 24 January to 1 February 1952, the festival, Asia's first such event, was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi and Calcutta. Forty feature films and 100 short films from Europe, the USA and Japan were screened at specially erected open-air theatres at Azad Maidan.

The second edition of IFFI was held in 1961 in Delhi. From the third edition in January 1965, the festival became competitive and remained so for the next nine editions, all held in Delhi.

In 1973, the government set up the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) under the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) to organize IFFI, the Filmotsav and the National film awards. The fifth edition of IFFI, inaugurated on 30 December 1974, was the first to be organized by the DFF. This was when the festival's symbol, a stylized peacock, and logo were adopted.

With the introduction of the Filmotsav in 1975, to be held in other filmmaking centres of India in alternate years, IFFI became a bi-annual, competitive festival. The Filmotsav was merged with IFFI from the 12th edition of the festival in 1989, when the DFF was delinked from the NFDC and taken under the Union information and broadcasting ministry.

From 1989, IFFI was held in January every year in Delhi as a non-competitive festival. In 1996, a competition was reintroduced for Asian woman directors as a bi-annual feature. In 1998, this became the Asian competition section.

In 1999, the festival was organized in Hyderabad. In 2000, it came back to Delhi with the competition. The festival was to be held in Bangalore in 2001 but was cancelled on account of the severe drought in Karnataka that year. In 2002, it returned to Delhi with the competition, which was retained for the 2003 edition in Trivandrum.

From 2004, the festival moved to Panjim, Goa, where it has become a permanent, annual, competitive event. Since 2005, the competition section includes Australia, Africa and Latin America with Asia.

According to the festival’s website, 'IFFI 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. It is also a forum for film professionals to communicate face to face with film lovers around the world.”

Location: Panjim, Goa

Month held: November

Type of films the festival focuses on: International features, documentaries and short films, regional and Konkani fiction and non-fiction films.

Year of inception: 1952

Number of films screened every year: Around 250

Organised by: Union information and broadcasting ministry and the government of Goa.

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