The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Panaji, capital of Goa. The closing ceremony was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim in Panaji.
The theme of for this year’s IFFI was 'New India' through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance and sports. Israel was focus country and Jharkhand was the focus state for this year’s IFFI. This is for the first time that any state was made focus state at IFFI.
“The Aspern Papers” was opening film of the festival and closed with the world premiere of the German film “Sealed Lips”. More than 220 movies from 67 countries were screened at this year’s IFFI. 26 feature films and 21 non-feature films were screened in the Indian Panorama section.
Israeli Director Dan Wolman was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
Story-screenplay-dialogue writer Salim Khan honored with IFFI 2018 Special Award for his lifetime contribution to cinema. He was presented with cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, certificate, shawl and scroll for his outstanding contribution to cinema.
Best film (Golden Peacock) Award: Donbass (Ukrainian movie) directed by Sergei Loznitsa.
Best director (Silver Peacock) Award: Lijo Jose Pellissery (Malayalam film-India).
Best Actor (Male) Award: Chemban Vinod for his role in ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’ (Malayalam-India)
Best Actor (Female) Award: Anastasiia Pustovit for her role in ‘When the Trees Fall’ (Ukrainian)
Centenary Award for Best Debut Feature Film of Director: Alberto Monteras II for ‘Respeto’ (Filipino)
ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal: ‘Walking with the Wind’ directed by Praveen Morchhale
IFFI is an annual & biggest state-backed international film festival in India. It is conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa.
Aim: It aims at providing a common platform for cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art