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51st International Film Festival of India 2021 held  in Goa from Jan 16 – Jan 24, 2021

The 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held from 16 to 24 January 2021 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji, Goa. Due to COVID-19, it was conducted in hybrid mode i.e. 50 films out of 224 films across various categories are scheduled to be screened online. This hybrid mode format of IFFI was first in India and in Asia too.

  • It was jointly organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals (under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa along with Entertainment Society of Goa.
  • The festival witnessed more than 126 films from 60 countries which included 50 Indian premiers, 22 Asian premiers, 7 World premieres and 6 international premiers.
  • This year the ‘country of focus section’ was Bangladesh marking its 50th anniversary of liberation. Its 4 films were screened under this category viz. Rupsa Nodir Banke and Jibandhuli directed by Tanvir Mokammel, Meghmallar by Zahidur Rahman Anjan, Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain and Sincerely Yours, Dhaka by Nuhash Humanyun.
  • The Country of Focus is a special segment that recognizes the cinematic excellence and contributions of the country.
  • Veteran actor, director and producer Biswajit Chatterjee has been presented with the Indian Personality of the Year Award on the occasion.

Key Points:

–A tribute was paid to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of commemoration of his 125th birth anniversary by screening the film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero by Shyam Benegal.

–A tribute was also paid to  filmmaker Satyajit Ray marking his birth centenary by screening his classic works.

Opening film of festival: Another Round,  a 2020 Danish comedy drama film, directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

Closing film of the festival: Wife of a Spy, a 2020 Japanese historical drama romance television film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Channel Partners: DD India and DD National

   Here is the list of awards:

Category Winner Country Prize Amount
Golden Peacock (Best Film) Into the Darkness by Anders Refn Denmark Rs. 40 lakhs (Rs. 4 million)
Silver Peacock Awards
Best Director Chen-Nien Ko for Silent Forest Taiwan Rs 15 lakh (Rs. 1.5 million)
IFFI Best Actor Award (Male) Tzu-Chuan Liu for Silent Forest


Taiwan Rs 10 lakh (Rs. 1 million)
IFFI Best Actor Award (Female) Zofia Stafiej for I Never Cry Poland


Rs 10 lakh (Rs. 1 million)
Special Jury Award for Film February by Kamin Kalev Bulgaria Rs 15 lakh (Rs. 1.5 million)
Best Debut Director Cássio Pereira dos Santos for Valentina Brazil
Other Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award Vittorio Storaro


Jury Special Mention Kripal Kalita for Bridge Assam, India Certificate
ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal 200 Meters by Ameen Nayfeh Palestine Certificate & Medal
Indian Personality of the Year Award Biswajit Chatterjee India

International Jury:

The Awards have been decided by the IFFI 51 International Jury comprising eminent filmmakers from across the world, with Pablo Cesar (Argentina) as its Chairman. The members are:

  • Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka), filmmaker
  • Abu Bakr Shawky (Austria), writer and director
  • Priyadarshan (India), director, screenwriter and producer
  • Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh), director, writer and producer

About International Film Festival of India (IFFI):

Established in 1952, it is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually, the festival aims at providing a common platform for global cinemas for understanding film cultures of different nations in the context of social ethics and values while promoting cooperation with each other.

About Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB):
Union Minister– Prakash Keshav Javadekar
Secretary– Amit Khare

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