Suggestions Invited for the Golden Jubilee of IFFI 2019


The only official film festival of Government of India, IFFI is an ‘A’ grade film festival accredited to the International Federation of  Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) and is one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals in Asia. IFFI showcases a collage of the best of contemporary and classical films from around the globe. The festival welcomes an array of world renowned filmmakers, actors, technicians, critics, academicians and enthusiasts to celebrate Cinema and the Art of Filmmaking through its Presentations, Master Classes & Panel Discussions, Co-production Seminars etc.

Our Past guests include distinguished film personalities such as Sir Ben Kingsley, Max Howard, Susan Sarandon, MajidMajidi, Phillip Noyce, Luc Besson,BernardoBertolucci,LivUllmann,AtomEgoyan, Im Kwon-taek and Kang-ho Song to name just a few.

IFFI has been promoting the culture of cinema for last four decades with a perennial aim to grow with the demands of time. It is this dynamic attitude that has won IFFI  a reputation in National as well as International forums. Continuing this process of promoting ingenious and innovative ideas, it is now our motto that the festival becomes more inclusive in its identity and goals through the participation public by inviting suggestions in all the sectors of Film Festival. Following is a brief of the sections of IFFI under which suggestions are solicited from the Cinema lovers and Film enthusiasts of India.


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 DadasahebPhalke Award Winner

A retrospective of films of the recipient of the most prestigious film award of the Country, DadasahebPhalke Award is showcased during IFFI. This year VinodKhanna 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 was included for the first time in 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.




Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting hereby request suggestions for the Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India scheduled in 2019 so as to make the Golden Jubilee a great fiesta of movies, memories, and masters.


Valuable ideas/suggestions are invited under the following heads which fall under various sections of the Film Festival described in the Introduction section above:


  1. Programming of International and National Movies
  2. Topics for conducting Masterclasses and In-Conversation Sessions
  3. New Innovative ideas to celebrate 50th IFFI
  4. Infrastructure and logistics( Registration, Ticketing, Screenings, Venue etc)
  5. Technical arrangements during the festival( Projection Systems, Decor, Sound Systems etc)
  6. New sections to be included into the festival( Like State focus last year)
  7. Honoring the masters with new awards.
  8. Opening and closing ceremony of the event( Suggestive Themes, Performances highlighting the Cultural Diversity of our Country to the World)
  9. How to make the festival more inclusive for the youth and the budding Filmmakers.



You can mail your suggestions to us within 15 days from today onwards i.e. January 25, 2919 at


The Additional Director General

Directorate of Film Festivals

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

Government of India

SiriFort Auditorium Complex,

August KrantiMarg,

New Delhi- 110049


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