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A Look-back at the history of India's oldest film-festival, IFFI

As the 50th edition of International Film Festival rolls on from today, Xappie takes the readers on a quick tour about the history of the film festival.
by Xappie Desk | November 20, 2019 11:32 IST
A Look-back at the history of India's oldest film-festival, IFFI

International Film Festival of India is the oldest surviving film festival in our country. Started by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952, IFFI celebrates its 50th edition this year. IFFI was first started in Bombay, by Films Division, Government of India. Today, it is one of the most significant festivals of the Asian continent.

 
In its inaugural edition, IFFI screened 40 feature films and about a hundred short films of the United States. The competitive sections got introduced in the 3rd edition of the festival and Srilankan film Gamperaliya is the first recipient of the Golden Peacock Award.
 
IFFI was subsequently held in cities like Kolkata, Madras, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. Finally, in 2004, the Government of India made Goa as the host for the festival. Being one of the popular tourist destinations of India, Goa will attract the film buffs with its scenic beauty as well. Watching films in the picturesque locations of Goa is an experience to behold.
 
Since 2004, Goa is hosting the festival and even for this golden jubilee edition, it will be the venue. Starting on the 20th of November, IFFI happens for nine days and finally ends on the 28th of November. More than 200 films from over 76 countries are gearing up for their screenings this time. IFFI has come a long way in these 50 years and hopefully, it will become bigger in the future.


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