53rd edition International Film Festival: On November 28, 2022, the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) ended with a ceremony at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium near Panaji. The 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has concluded with Spanish film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ directed by Valentina Maurel winning the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock’ for the best film of the festival. The IFFI’s closing ceremony took place at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium in Taleigao, Goa.
Awardees in 53rd IFFI:
- Spanish film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ directed by Valentina Maurel winning the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock’ for the best film of the festival.
- Vahid Mobasseri, lead actor of ‘No End’, was honoured with Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male)
- Daniela Marin Navarro, the lead actress in the Best Film ‘I Have Electric Dreams,’ receives the Silver Peacock Award for Best Actress (Female).
- Iranian writer and director Nader Saeivar gets Silver Peacock for Best Director for No End,
- Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz bagged Special Jury Award for ‘When the Waves are Gone’.
- Award for Best Debut Feature Film of a Director has been snatched by Asimina Proedrou for Behind The Haystack and Praveen Kandregula has received Special Mention for ‘Cinema Bandi’.
- The coveted Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to celebrated Spanish film director Carlos Saura.
- Actor Producer Chiranjeevi Konidela was conferred with the IFFI Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2022.
53rd IFFI: Key points
- The nine-day festival, which featured 280 films from 79 countries, opened with Dieter Berner’s Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar,’ and closed with Krzysztof Zanussi’s Polish film ‘Perfect Number.’ France was the ‘Spotlight’ country this year.
- As many as 25 feature films and 19 non-feature films from India were showcased in the ‘Indian Panorama’ section, while 183 films will be a part of the international section.
- The festival began with the film Alma and Oskar by Austrian director Dieter Berner and ended with the Polish film ‘Perfect Number’ by Krzysztof Zanussi.
International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
From January 24 to February 1, 1952, the first International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Bombay (now Mumbai), Delhi, Calcutta (now Kolkata), and Madras (now Chennai). The Delhi leg was inaugurated by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It was later held in different cities of the country. Since 2004, starting from the 35th edition, Goa has become the permanent venue of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Every year, it is held in the months of November and December.