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53rd edition International Film Festival of India concludes

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53rd edition International Film Festival: 

The 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) came to an end at a ceremony held at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium near Panaji on 28 November 2022. The 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has concluded with Spanish film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ directed by Valentina Maurel winning the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock’ for the best film of the festival. The closing ceremony of IFFI was held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium in Taleigao, Goa.

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Awardees in 53rd IFFI:

  • Spanish film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ directed by Valentina Maurel winning the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock’ for the best film of the festival.
  • Vahid Mobasseri, lead actor of ‘No End’, was honoured with Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male)
  • Daniela Marin Navarro, lead Actor of Best Film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ is honoured with Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female).
  • Iranian writer and director Nader Saeivar gets Silver Peacock for Best Director for No End,
  • Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz bagged Special Jury Award for ‘When the Waves are Gone’.
  • Award for Best Debut Feature Film of a Director has been snatched by Asimina Proedrou for Behind The Haystack and Praveen Kandregula has received Special Mention for ‘Cinema Bandi’.
  • Celebrated Spanish film Director Carlos Saura was honoured with the prestigious Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Actor Producer Chiranjeevi Konidela was conferred with the IFFI Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2022.

53rd IFFI: Key points

  • The nine-day festival featured 280 films from 79 countries opened with the Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar’, directed by Dieter Berner, while Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi’s ‘Perfect Number’ was the closing film. France was the ‘Spotlight’ country this year.
  • As many as 25 feature films and 19 non-feature films from India were showcased in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section, while 183 films will be a part of the international section.
  • The opening film of the festival was Austrian Director Dieter Berner’s film Alma and Oskar and the closing film was the Polish film ‘Perfect Number’, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi.

International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

The first International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in the cities of Bombay (now Mumbai), Delhi, Calcutta (now Kolkata), Madras (now Chennai) from 24 January to 1 February 1952.  The Delhi leg was inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It was later held in different cities of the country. Since 2004, starting from the 35th edition, Goa has become the permanent venue of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).  It is held in the month of November -December every year.

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