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53rd International Film Festival of India 2022

The 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2022, was hosted in Goa from November 20 to November 28, 2022.

  • IFFI curated the screenings of 282 films clocking 35,000 minutes of viewing time. The festival featured 183 international films and 97 Indian films in 65 international and 15 Indian languages from 78 countries worldwide.
  • 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films from India were showcased in the ‘Indian Panorama’.

Opening ceremony at 53rd 'International Film Festival of India':

The opening ceremony was held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigão, Goa on November 20, 2022.

  • The theme of the resplendent opening ceremony was “Evolution of Indian Cinema in the last 100 years”, in keeping with the spirit of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations.
Opening film:

Austrian film, Alma and Oskar, directed by Dieter Berner

Mid-fest film:

Fixation, directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan

Closing film:

Polish film, Perfect Number (‘Liczba doskonała’), directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Country of Focus: France

France was the ‘Spotlight’ country and 8 films were screened under Country Focus package.

» Mega Star of Tollywood, Padma Bhushan awardee Shree Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad popularly known as Chiranjeevi has been presented with Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2022, at the closing ceremony of 53rd International Film Festival of India on 28 November 2022.

» As a befitting accolade for his immense contribution towards international cinema, Spanish film director Carlos Saura has been honoured with the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award.

List of Award Winners of the 53rd International Film Festival of India:

Golden Peacock Award:
Golden Peacock for the Best Film:

Spanish film Tengo sueños eléctricos / I HAVE ELECTRIC DREAMS, Directed by- Costa Rican, film maker- Valentina Maurel

Silver Peacock Award:
Silver Peacock for Best Director:

Iranian writer and director Nader Saeivar, for Turkish film No End/ Bi Payan

Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male):

Vahid Mobasseri, lead actor of No End

Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female):

Daniela Marín Navarro, lead Actor of Best Film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’

Silver Peacock for Special Jury Award: 

Special Jury Award: When the Waves are Gone, directed by- Lav Diaz (Filipino filmmaker)

Special Mention by the Jury:

Indian director, writer and cinematographer Praveen Kandregula, for his film Cinema Bandi

Best Debut Feature Film of a Director:

Director Asimina Proedrou (from Athens), for the film Behind the Haystacks

ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Award:

Iranian film ‘Nargesi’ directed by Payam Eskandari

About ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal:

The ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal is awarded to the film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence.

Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2022:

Megastar and actor-producer Chiranjeevi Konidela

Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at IFFI 53:

Spanish film director Carlos Saura

Key initiatives at 53rd International Film Festival of India:

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated key initiatives such as ’53 Hours Challenge’ for ’75 Creative Minds’, ‘Film Bazaar’ and ‘Indian Panorama Section’ on side-lines of IFFI 2022.

Going down the memory lane of Asia’s oldest film festival, the Minister said that the concept of IFFI is rooted in the theme of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, i.e., the world as one family.

Film Bazaar:

Created and organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Film Bazaar has evolved into South Asia’s global film market from its humble beginnings in 2007. The initiative encouraged creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities.

53-Hour Challenge:

The winners of the contest ’75 Creative Minds for Tomorrow’ were challenged to produce a short film on their Idea of India@100 in 53 hours.

  • This segment of IFFI 53 was powered by National Film Development Corporation (NDFC) in collaboration with Shorts TV.
  • The highest number of the selected winners are from Maharashtra, followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Indian Panorama Section:

The Indian Panorama Section of IFFI 53, opened with the promise of bringing to life on the big screen tales gathered from every corner of India.

» Technology Exhibition of Media & Entertainment curated by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), exhibition on Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by Central Bureau of Communication (CBC), Shigmotsav (Spring Festival) On 26th November 2022 and Goa Carnival on the 27th November 2022 were other attractions at IFFI 2022.

About International Film Festival of India (IFFI):

  • The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952, is among Asia’s most prominent film festivals.
  • Held in Goa for the first time in 2004, the festival has since found a home in the coastal state, returning here every year. And in 2014, Goa was declared the permanent venue for IFFI.
  • The idea of the International Film Festival of India is to celebrate films, the stories they tell and the people behind them.
Conducted by:
  • The festival is conducted every year by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in collaboration with the Entertainment Society of Goa, Government of Goa, the host state.
  • While the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has generally been spearheading the festival so far, consequent to the merger of film media units with the National Film Development Corporation, NFDC has taken over the conduct of the festival.
Source: PIB

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