International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa Overview
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) held in Goa is India's most distinguished film festival that showcases outstanding films made by acclaimed directors and debutant filmmakers alike. It provides a platform for stories to be told through the medium of world cinema as well as Indian films. Since its inception in 1952, the International Film Festival has been one of the biggest of its kind in India.
Spanning eight days, IFFI is a celebration of the exquisite films from around the world that have been made throughout the year, and also of rich and diverse Indian heritage. The main aim of the festival is to give exposure to Indian cinema and introduce it to the global platform.
Dates & Venue of International Film Festival of India 2020
The 50th annual edition of the IFFI will be held over eight days between 20-28th of November in 2020. The golden jubilee edition of the event is all set to be hosted at a newly-built convention centre that has a seating capacity between 5000 - 6000, according to Goan Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. It is currently held on the property that is owned by the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).
The International Film Festival of India has burgeoned from a non-competitive festival that showcased under 150 films in total from 23 countries, into a competitive one that has been graded 'A' by the Paris-based Federation International de Producers de Films. This gives the IFFI the prestige to be mentioned in the same breath as world-renowned festivals such as the Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - Tickets and Registration
To attend the International Film Festival of India, one needs to register first with IFFI as a delegate and create a profile page. Registering as a delegate for the IFFI gives you access to Workshops and Masterclasses, Film Screenings, Free Wi-Fi, a Delegate Kit, and the option of Online Ticket Booking.
The International Film Festival of India is a highly respected film festival in India that carries with it the prestige of Indian cinema and world cinema. It is an extravaganza of film that will arrest the interest of both the casual moviegoers and the ardent cinephiles. It is sure to be an eye-opening experience that opens up a worldly perspective and also makes us look at the shared experiences and realities of being an Indian.
Venue of International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
The 2018 edition of the festival was held across various cinemas and were screened at the following venues:
- Inox Goa
- Kala Academy
- Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Head Office SAG
- Maquinez Palace Theater
- Azad Maidan
- Old GMC Palace
Events and Categories at IFFI
There were a total of 17 categories in the 49th edition of the IFFI in 2018, including the International Competition that selects amongst the best of the feature-length fiction films from around the world. The Centenary Award for the Best Debut Feature Film of a Director awards debutant directors and gives them a platform to showcase their tremendous talents. There are also non-competitive categories, such as the World Panorama- a section that showcases feature-length films by renowned filmmakers from around the globe. New additions to the list of categories include; the Sketch on Screen section, which provides a platform for 4 or 5 international animation feature-length films that have Indian collaborators. State Focus and Indian Panorama sections ensure that domestic films and films in local vernacular get the recognition that they deserve and also serve to celebrate the rich diversity of the nation.
Where to stay? - Accommodations at IFFI
The International Film Festival of India's official website has provided a comprehensive list of guesthouses and lodges, that cater to all budgets that film enthusiasts from across the globe can stay at, for the duration of the festival.
A little about the Philosophy of the Fest
'Ayam nijam paroveti ganana laghuchetasam, Udaracharitanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam' 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', is an extract from the Vedic scripture Maha Upanishad.
This philosophy of inclusion, camaraderie, and togetherness encapsulates the values of the International Film Festival of India and stands as a testament to the festival's commitment to providing a platform for storytellers spanning the globe, through the medium of cinema. First held in 1952 in Mumbai, this was the first time that the Indian audience was exposed to such a gamut of international cinema and Indian movies. It is conducted jointly by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, The Directorate of Film Festivals, and the Government of Goa. The festival was held in Madras, Calcutta, Delhi, and Trivandrum for its subsequent editions before it was permanently moved to Goa, to boost tourism in the state.
How to get there?
Getting to Goa is not problematic, with the Dabolim Airport just 29 kilometres from the state's capital, Panjim. It is well connected by daily flights from Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad and Bangalore, as well. Numerous intra-city buses, public as well as private, run daily to Goa and most of them, stop at Panjim bus station.