1000 Entries from over 100 Countries received


Travel through space and time into the breeze of Goa, enter the world of amazing cinema that will uplift your soul. 

The Festival is proud to introduce the Centenary Award for best Debut Feature, a special competitive section for debut films of young and aspiring directors from all continents, carrying tremendous prize money for the winning team!

IFFI, in association with ICFT UNESCO will mark the beginning of the ICFT-Gandhi Award competitive section which will feature films that promote peace and non-violence.

A special section of films will be showcased as a Celebration of Masters in the art of Film making. The Masters include directors like Ken Loach, Fritz Lang, Vilmos Zsigmond, Stanley Kubrick and Abbas Kiarostami. 

Master-Class and Workshops:

The festival will have delegation from Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences which will conduct Master-Classes and workshops. IFFI invites you to re-invent film making, with prolific sessions and proficient classes on Direction, Documentary film making, Editing, Art Direction, Cinematography, VFX and Animation and Action Direction.

Apart from the Academy, we bring you workshops from the best in World Cinema to engulf you in learning Celebrity Photography, and Publicity Management. Sales and Distribution companies from around the world will be gracing the festival, adding to the promotion and marketing of meaningful cultural exchange in the Business of Cinema.

We will be showcasing the best of cinema with films of Masters like Andrej Wajda, Ken Loach, Mohsin Makhmalbaf, Majid Majidi, Bertand Travinier, Im Kwon Taek, Wim Wenders. Lav Diaz, Asgar Farhadi, Dardene Brothers to name a few.

Master-Classes  &  Workshops at IFFI Goa 2016:

  • Rosalie Varda (Master-Class in Costume Designing)

Costume designer and French artistic director from Paris. She is an internationally acclaimed costume designer for film, theater and opera; she is artistic director especially for the Ciné-Tamaris company.

  • Rajko Grlić (Master-Class in Screenwriting)

Croatian film director and producer. He is a recipient of numerous awards like Golden Arena for Best Director, Tokyo Grand Prix. His film Bravo Maestro has been nominated for Palme d’OR in the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Namit Malhotra (Workshop on Digital Transformation- Future Of Filmmaking)

Founder, Executive Chairman and Global CEO of Prime Focus Limited, world’s largest independent integrated media services company. In March 2015, FICCI honored Namit Malhotra with award for outstanding contribution to Indian AVGC (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming & Comics) sector.

  • Richie Mehta (Master Class in Documentary Film Making)

Canadian film director. His first feature film, Amal, was released in 2008, and was nominated for Best Motion Picture and Best Director at the 29th Genie Awards.

  • Peter Hein (Master-Class in Action Direction)

Fight master/action choreographer, stunt coordinator who has worked on many South Indian films. He became famous for his action sequences in films suchas Sivaji (2007), Anniyan (2005), Ghajini (2008), Magadheera (2009), Enthiran (2010),Raavanan (2010), 7aum Arivu (2011), Kochadaiyaan (2014) and Baahubali (2015). He has been nominated for the noted Taurus World Stunt Award against many big Hollywood names. He received a Filmfare Award for Best Action for his work in Ghajini (2008 film)

  • Alan Heim (Master-Class in Editing)

Academy Award-winning Film editor. With a long and distinguished career in the film business, Alan Heim has more than thirty feature-film credits to his name, and is known for his work on American History X , The Notebook, Network, All That Jazz. Alan Heim has served as President of the  American Cinema Editors (ACE) organization and as President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG).

  • Robert Yeoman (Master-Class in Cinematography)

An American Cinematographer, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Robert  Yeoman is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

  • Sue Kuruvilla (Workshop on Film PR & Publicity)

She is the Public Relations & Marketing Director of Giants of Africa, a documentary film that was named to the lineup for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Previously she was the Senior Director at Veritas Communications.

  • Sid Ganis (Workshop on Foreign language film selection for Oscar Awards by AMPAS)

An American motion picture executive and producer who has produced films such as Big Daddy, Deuce Bigalow, Mr. Deeds, The Master of Disguise, Akeelah and the Bee. Ganis has had a distinguished career in Hollywood as an executive at major studios including Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and Paramount. He is the Former President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

  • Sean Feeney (Workshop on Current Overview of Animation Industry in India from a global point of view)

Senior VP Animation at Prime Focus World which is a film making partner to international studios and film production companies and is also the world’s largest independent integrated media services company.

  • Theresa Ellis Rygiel (Master-Class in Visual Effects)

A Post Visual Effects Supervisor at Proof Inc. She has served as a visual effects supervisor on several motion pictures, including Conspiracy Theory, Stepmom and X-Men. Her composite supervisor credits also include Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian, Fast Five, and Oblivion.She is also a Spark Mentor at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.