Film Sections

International Competition

The best of the feature length fiction films from all over the world are selected to compete in the section. It is one of the most important sections of the festival that feature some of the best films of the year.

Centenary Award for the Best Debut Feature Film of a Director

This section provides a platform to the first time filmmakers from around the globe to showcase their excellent skills on the art and craft of filmmaking. The debut feature film of a Director that is selected as part of the Indian Panorama is also eligible for the Centenary Award.

Festival Kaleidoscope

Festival Kaleidoscope showcases critically acclaimed films made by the eminent contemporary filmmakers that have won numerous accolades in various top film festivals around the globe.

World Panorama

World Panorama is one of the major non – competition sections of the festival that presents outstanding feature length fiction films by renowned filmmakers from around the globe,  that are produced between 1st September, 2017 to 31st August, 2018.

Sketch on Screen (Animation Film Package)

This is a section which has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. This section will screen around 4-5 International Animation Feature Length Films with Indian Collaborations.

Retrospective of Masters

Retrospective of the classic films made by one of the most eminent Master Filmmakers of our era is screened in this section.

Country Focus

Every year IFFI features a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular Country. IFFI encourages cultural exchange to enhance the friendly bond between India and the Focus Country by inviting film personalities and by encouraging a delegation from the Focus Country, thus serving as a platform for filmmakers from both the countries to exchange ideas, connect and collaborate.

Retrospective of the Lifetime Achievement Awardee

This section recognizes the contribution of our Lifetime Achievement Awardee in the field of Cinema by showcasing some of his/her best films.

Special Retrospective

This section focuses on films by the contemporary masters of filmmaking that shed a light on their outstanding skills in the various technical and artistic aspects of Cinema.

ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

IFFI collaborates with the International Council for Film, Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris, to present a special ICFT prize consisting of the UNESCO Gandhi Medal to a film which reflects the ideals promoted by UNESCO.

Indian Panorama

26 feature and 21 non – feature Indian films are selected by the Indian Panorama Jury to be screened as part of this section out of the hundreds of entries sent by filmmakers from various parts of the Country.

Retrospective of Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winner

A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the Country, Dadasaheb Phalke Award is showcased during IFFI. This year Vinod Khanna received the award posthumously. IFFI will be showcasing some of his best films.


This section pays tribute to the film personalities of our country who has taken refuge in the abode of God. Homage will be paid to the best actors, filmmakers and technicians who has left us in this year by screening their films during the festival.

Special Package for Visually Impaired Children

In this section, special screenings with audio description are organized for the children who are visually impaired.

Open Air Screening of Sports films

Open Air Screenings are organized during the festival where a large screen is put up in a vast open area. This year as an extension of the Khelo India Branding, Indian and International Sports Biopics will be screened at the 49th IFFI.

State Focus

This is a section which has been proposed for the 49th IFFI, 2018. India is a Country which celebrates its vast cultural diversity; this section will focus on the films of one of the Indian States, thus shedding light on the art and culture of that particular state.

Special Package

This year, IFFI is also showcasing a special movie package from Tunisia. The films in this category are Dear Son, Beauty and the dog, and The whispering sands. It is a step towards enriching and strengthening the friendly bond between the two countries.