An interesting line up at IFFI Goa 2016


2016 happens to be an interesting year for IFFI as the film festival will be celebrating its 47th edition from the 20th to the 28th of November 2016 at Panjim. With a large audience, the festival will showcase 194 films from about 88 different countries.

Every year IFFI focuses on a specific country for their festival, and this year is no different, focusing on The Republic of Korea. The audience will see a lot of Korean cinema and that’s not all, prominent names like Sang-ho Yeon, Lee Joon Ik and Zhang Lu will be present at the festival.

The opening and closing ceremony at IFFI 2016

For everyone excited in their boots, the opening ceremony will be on the 20th November. The event begins with a polish masterpiece, directed by the acclaimed film maker, late Andrzej Wajda, called After-Image. The event will draw to a close on the 28th of November, with the screening of a South Korean official Academy award nomination, ‘The Age of Shadows’ directed by Kim Lee-Woon thereby bringing down the curtains on an eight day event.

The different categories of film

As you have seen in the past, IFFI will be divided into multiple categories, the most prominent being, International Competition and Indian Panorama. The competition will feature multiple films from all over the world, including two films from the Indian panorama section.

Other than the events that you have seen in the past years, this year has a few surprises as well, ‘Centenary Award for the Best Debut Feature of a Director’. As a separate competition section, IFFI along with ICFT Paris and UNESCO will award a different ‘ICF-UNESCO Gandhi Medal.

For the first time, there will be a bunch of films screened for the especially disabled, under the Accessible India/ Subramanyam Bharat Campaign.  These films will be provided with special audio described technology. Also, inspired by the ongoing ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign, IFFI 2016 will showcase 20 award winning short films. These films will be curated by the National Film Development Corporation.

Special Tribute to Late Filmmakers Kiarostami and Wajda

The 47th edition will also organize a special tribute section to veteran filmmakers Abbas Kiarostami (Iran) and Andrzej Wajda (Poland) to honour their distinguished contribution to the world of cinema.

You will see masterclasses and workshops

Apart from films, there will be an array of activities such as Masterclasses and Workshops, conducted by the finest artists of the films industry.

There will be 7 Masterclasses at IFFI 2016, which include

  • Script writing by Rajko Grlic
  • Documentary Filmmaking by Richie Mehta
  • Costume Designing by Rosalie Varda
  • Action Direction by Peter Hein
  • Visual Effects by Theresa Ellis Rygiel
  • Cinematography by Robert Yeoman
  • Editing by Alan Heim

There will be 6 workshops conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sue Kuruvilla, Tessa Idlewine and Namit Malhotra, Merzin Tavaria and Shawn Feeney.

Open Air Screenings for general public

Another major attraction will be the open air screenings for the general public. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis, from 21st – 27th November, at Azad Maidan.

Register as a delegate NOW

So far IFFI 2016 has received over 5000 delegate registrations. To register as a delegate visit the official website