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Martin Scorsese, Istvan Szabo to be honoured with 1st Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at IFFI 2021

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Martin Scorsese, Istvan Szabo to be honoured with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement AwardAmerican Director Martin Scorsese & Hungarian Director Istvan Szabo will be honoured with the first-ever Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI 2021) which is to be held from 20th to 28th November 2021 in Goa.

  • The winners were announced by Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
  • The 52nd edition which will be held in a hybrid format is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(MIB), Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Goa and the Indian Film Industry.


The BRICS Countries are the focus countries of the 52nd IFFI.

About Martin Scorsese:

i.Martin Scorsese, born on 17th November 1942 in Queens, New York, United States of America(USA) is an American filmmaker.

ii.He won the Oscar for Directing in 2007 for the film “The Departed”.

iii.He has won Golden Globes for Best Director for Hugo in 2012, for The Departed in 2007, for Gangs of New York in 2003.

About Istvan Szabo:

i.Istvan Szabo was born on February 18, 1938, in Budapest, Hungary.

ii.He was the first director from Hungary to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film.

He won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 1981 for the film “Mephisto”.

About Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award:

The year 2021 marks the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray, the maestro of Indian Cinema.

Recognising the legacy of Satyajit Ray, the “Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Cinema” has been instituted in 2021, which will be annually given at the IFFI starting from the 52nd IFFI (2021).

Jury for the International Competition for 52nd IFFI:

Jury Chairperson – RakhshānBanietemad Iran(Filmmaker)


  • Stephen Woolley UK (Film Producer, Director)
  • Ciro Guerra Columbia(Filmmaker)
  • VimukthiJayasundara Srilanka(Filmmaker)
  • Nila Madhab Panda India(Filmmaker)

About IFFI:

i.The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is one of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest international film festivals.

ii.It is recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).

BRICS Film Festival:

Union Minister Anurag Thakur has also announced that for the first time, the films from all 5 BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, South Africa, China and India) will be showcased through the BRICS Film Festival along with the IFFI 2021.

IFFI 2021:

Union Minister Anurag Thakur also announced that for the first time the IFFI has invited major Over the Top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Voot, SonyLiv to participate in the festival through Masterclasses, content launches and previews, curated film package screenings, and various other on-ground and virtual events.