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Everything You Need to Know About International Film Festival of India 2021

The 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) raised its curtains today, Saturday on November 20 in Goa. It is a nine-day event that would conclude on Sunday, November 28. Karan Johar and Maniesh Paul are the hosts of the grand event.

Bollywood celebs Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh graced the opening ceremony today. The other line-up of stars who will attend the film gala includes Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor, among others.

Let us get into more details about the big ongoing event like the artists going to be honored, different films across categories that would be showcased, etc.

International Film Festival of India 2021: Awardees, Films and More

It is expected that around 75 celebrities from the film industry as well as many others from the political fraternity would attend the event.

The 52nd edition of IFFI is geared up to celebrate not only Indian cinema and artists but also those across the globe. The International Film Festival of India is believed to be the country’s largest festival.

Speaking about the awardees to be honored at the event, veteran actress and Member of Parliament Hema Malini have been honored with the Indian Film Personality of the Year 2021 award today during the opening ceremony.

Also, acclaimed lyricist and current Chairperson of the Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi will also be presented with the same award.

IFFI also honored veteran Hollywood director Martin Scorsese and renowned Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony today.

IFFI Director Chaitanya Prasad had earlier said, ‚ÄúUnfortunately, they will not be attending the festival physically but their video messages conveying acceptance of the award will be played.‚ÄĚ

A special tribute will be paid to late James Bond actor Sean Connery at the ceremony. Among those who will be honored at the event also include popular actors who passed away in 2021 – Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar, Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, popular television actress Surekha Sikri, Sanchari Vijay as well as filmmakers like Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Sumitra Bhave.

International Film Festival of India 2021: Films to be featured at the event

A total of 148 films from 73 countries will be featured in the International section of the IIFI event which includes 12 world premieres, 7 international premieres, 26 Asia premieres, and 64 India premieres.

Amazon Prime Video is bringing “Chhori” featuring Nushrratt Bharuccha to the event. Vinothraj PS-s directed film, “Koozhangal” which is India’s official entry to Oscars, will be competing for the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the IFFI.

The King of All the World directed by Carlos Saura is the opening film while A Hero directed by Asghar Farhadi will be the closing film of the event.

Check out the lineup of films for the International Film Festival of India 2021 below.

Kaleidoscope Section:

Below is the list of 11 movies to be screened in the Kaleidoscope section.

English title Director Production countries
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Radu Jude Romanian
Brighton 4th Levan Koguashvili Georgia, Russia, Bulgaria, Monaco, USA
Compartment No. 6 Juho Kuosmanen Finland, Germany, Estonia, Russia
Feathers Omar El Zohairy France, Egypt, The Netherlands, Greece
I’m Your Man Maria Schrader Germany
Red Rocket Sean Baker United States of America
Souad Ayten Amin Egypt, Tunisia, Germany
Spencer Pablo Larraín Germany, UK, Chile
The Story of My Wife Ildikó Enyedi Hungary, Germany, Italy, France
The Worst Person in the World Joachim Trier Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark
Titanium Julia Ducournau France, Belgium

 

Golden Peacock Award:

English title Director Production countries
Any Day Now Hamy Ramezan Finland
Charlotte Simon Franco Paraguay
Godavari Nikhil Mahajan India
Întregalde Radu Muntean Romania
Land of Dreams Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari New Mexico, USA
Leader Katia Priwieziencew Poland
Mee Vasantrao Nipun Avinash Dharmadhikari India
Moscow Does Not Happen Dmitry Fedorov Russia
No Ground Beneath The Feet Mohammad Rabby Mridha Bangladesh
Once We Were Good For You Branko Schmidt Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ring Wandering Masakazu Kaneko Japan
Saving One Who Was Dead V√°clav Kadrnka Czech Republic
Semkhor Aimee Baruah India
The Dorm Roman Vasyanov Russia
The First Fallen Rodrigo de Oliveira Brazil

Films for Debut Competition:

English title Director Production countries
Dollu Sagar Puranik India
Funeral Vivek Rajendra Dubey India
Magoado Rubén Sainz Spain
Maman Arash Aneessee Iran
Pack of Sheep Dimitris Kanellopoulos Greece
Rain Janno J√ľrgens Estonia
Sweet Disaster Laura Lehmus Germany
The Wealth of the World Simon Farriol Chile, Italy
Zahorí Marí Alessandrini Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, France

 

ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal:

English title Director Production countries
Ekvismu Tiffin India
Commitment Hasan Semih Kaplanońülu Turkey
Killing the Eunuch Khan Abed Abest Iran
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Chad, France, Belgium, Germany
Night Forest André Hörmann, Katrin Milhahn Germany
Niraye Thathakalulla Maram Jayaraj India
Pebbles Vinothraj P S India
Tokyo Shaking Olivier Peyon France
When Pomegranates Howl Granaz Moussavi Australia, Afghanistan

 

Indian Panorama:

Below is the lineup of Indian Panorama feature and non-feature films.

Feature Films:

Title of the Film Language Director Producers
21st Tiffin (Ekvismu Tiffin) Gujarati Vijaygiri Bava
Abhijaan Bengali Parambrata Chatterjee Ratan Shree Nirman, Roadshow Films Pvt Ltd
Act-1978 Kannada Manjunatha S. (Mansore)
Alpha Beta Gamma Hindi Shankar Srikumar Jithin Raj, Menka Sharma, Mona Shankar, Thomas Punnoose
Bhagavadajjukam Sanskrit Yadu Vijayakrishnan
Bittersweet Marathi Anant Mahadevan
Boomba Ride Mishing Biswajeet Bora
Dollu Kannada Sagar Puranik
Eight Down Toofaan Mail Hindi Akriti Singh Storia Senza Storia
Funeral Marathi Vivek Rajendra Dubey
Godavari Marathi Nikhil Mahajan Jitendra Joshi, Mitali Joshi, Pavan Malu, Nikhil Mahajan
Kalkokkho (House of Time) Bengali Rajdeep Paul & Sarmistha Maiti
Manikbabur Megh (The Cloud & the Man) Bengali Abhinandan Banerjee Bauddhayan Mukherji, Monalisa Mukherji
Me Vasantrao Marathi Nipun Avinash Dharmadhikari
Natyam Telugu Revanth Korukonda Sandhya Raju
Neeli Hakki Kannada Ganesh Hegde Ganesh, Suman Shetty, Vinay Shetty
Niraye Thathakalulla Maram Malayalam Jayaraj
Nitantoi Sahaj Saral Bengali Satrabit Paul
Koozhangal Tamil Vinothraj P S Nayanthara, Vignesh Shivan
Prawaas Marathi Shashank Udapurkar Om Chhangani
Semkhor Dimasa Aimee Baruah
Sijou Bodo Vishal P Chaliha
Sunny Malayalam Ranjith Sankar Jayasurya, Ranjith Sankar
Taledanda Kannada Praveen Krupakar Kripanidhi Kreations

 

Non-Feature Films:

Title of the Film Language Director
Bablu Babylon Se Hindi Abhijeet Sarthi
Naad ‚Äď The Sound Bengali Abhijit A. Paul
The Knocker Hindi Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Badal Sircar & the Alternative Theatre English Ashok Viswanathan
Jugalbandi Hindi Chetan Bhakuni
Bharat Prakriti Ka Balak Hindi Dr. Deepika Kothari & Ramji Om
Pabung Syam Manipuri Haobam Paban Kumar
Witch Santali Jackie R. Bala
Ganga-Putra Hindi Jai Prakash
Sweet Biriyani Tamil Jeyachandra Hashmi
Veerangana Assamese Kishore Kalita
Backstage Oriya Lipka Singh Darai
The Spell of Purple Gujarati Prachee Bajania
Sunpat Garhwali Rahul Rawat
Ved…The Visionary English Rajiv Parkash
Sainbari To Sandeshkhali Bengali Sanghamitra Chaudhuri
Surmounting Challenges English Satish Pande
Murmurs of the Jungle Marathi Sohil Vaidya
Teen Adhyay Hindi Subash Sahoo
Gajra Hindi Vineet Sharma
Semkhor Dimasa Aimee Baruah
Sijou Bodo Vishal P Chaliha
Sunny Malayalam Ranjith Sankar
Taledanda Kannada Praveen Krupakar

 

We will be updating you with the latest updates on the International Film Festival of India 2021. Stay tuned!

Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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