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22nd November, 2023 Culture


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  • The 54th International Film Festival of India commenced with a grand opening ceremony at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji, Goa.


  • The 54th IFFI showcases over 270 films from 105 countries across four venues.
  • It features a competition with 15 films contending for the prestigious Golden Peacock Award.
  • The introduction of the Best Web Series (OTT) award acknowledges and encourages India's burgeoning streaming sector.
  • Hollywood legend Michael Douglas will receive the IFFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The inauguration also marked the commencement of the 17th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar, the film market segment of IFFI.
  • An increased incentive of up to 40% reimbursement, with a raised limit of ₹30 crore, was announced for foreign film productions in India. An additional 5% bonus for Significant Indian Content (SIC) was introduced.
  • Madhuri Dixit Nene was honored with the 'Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema' award.


  • The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is a significant cinematic event established in 1952 and stands among the prominent film festivals in Asia.
  • Held annually in the coastal state of Goa, it serves as a global platform to showcase the artistry of films from around the world.

Vision and Objectives:

  • The festival's vision, rooted in the Vedic scripture Maha Upanishad, emphasizes the belief that the entire world is one big family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam).
  • Aims to bridge cultural gaps, promote global understanding, and cultivate friendship and collaboration among people worldwide.

Permanent Venue and Dates:

  • Since 2004 (35th edition), IFFI has been hosted annually in Goa during the months of November and December.
  • The festival dates vary each year, offering flexibility for the event.

IFFI Awards:

  • Recognizes excellence in filmmaking through various categories such as the Golden Peacock Award for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Special Jury Award, Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.


IFFI continues to evolve, honoring cinematic brilliance, embracing technological advancements, and uniting global film communities while showcasing a diverse array of films from around the world. 


Q. Which of the following statements accurately describes the International Film Festival of India (IFFI)?

A) IFFI, established in 1962, is the oldest film festival in Asia, aiming to promote Indian cinema exclusively.

B) IFFI is an annual event held in Goa since 2004, providing a platform for global cinema appreciation and cultural exchange.

C) IFFI presents awards such as the Platinum Peacock Award and focuses solely on recognizing international documentaries.

D) IFFI is a biennial festival conducted by the Ministry of Culture, showcasing indigenous films from various Indian states.

Answer: B)