Mega line-up of premiers and showcases await delegates at 51st IFFI

New Delhi: 51st International Film Festival of India has announced a mega line-up of star-studded movie extravaganza for this edition of the festival. Delegates will be treated to a mix of premiers and showcases of select movies from across the world.

The festival will open with the Indian premier of the Cannes Best Actor Award winner Mads Mikkelsen starrer ‘Another Round’. The movie directed by Thomas Vinterberg is Denmark’s official entry to the Oscars.

World premiere of ‘Mehrunisa’ by Sandeep Kumar will happen mid-fest. The movie stars FarrukhJaffar and narrates the story of a woman’s lifelong dream.

Japanese movie Wife of a Spy directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa will bring the curtains down on this edition of the festival.

The international competition is a tight race of stellar performances. The best of cinematic experience that will comprise this lineup includes

  1. The Domain by Tiago Guedes(Portugal)


  1. Into The Darkness by Anders Refn(Denmark)


  1. February by KamenKalev(Bulgaria, France)


  1. My Best Part by Nicolas Maury(France)


  1. I Never Cry by Piotr Domalewski(Poland, Ireland)


  1. La Veronica  by Leonardo Medel(Chile)


  1. Light For The Youth by Shin Su-won(South Korea)


  1. Red Moon Tide by Lois Patiño(Spain)


  1. Dream About Sohrab by Ali Ghavitan(Iran)


  1. The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night by RaminRasouli(Afghanistan, Iran)


  1. The Silent Forest by KO Chen-Nien(Taiwan)


  1. The Forgotten by Daria Onyshchenko(Ukraine, Switzerland)


  1. Bridge by KripalKalita(India)


  1. A Dog And His Man by SiddharthTripathy(India)


  1. Thaen by Ganesh Vinayakan(India)



Bangladesh is this edition’s Country in Focus. The special segment that recognizes the cinematic excellence and contributions of a country will feature the following films:


  1. Jibondhuli by TanvirMokammel


  1. Meghmallar by Zahidur Rahim Anjan


  1. Under Construction by Rubaiyat Hossain


  1. Sincerely Yours, Dhaka by NuhashHumayun, Syed Ahmed Shawki, Rahat Rahman Joy, MD RobiulAlam, GolamKibriaFarooki, Mir Mukarram Hossain, Tanvir Ahsan, Mahmudul Islam, Abdullah Al Noor, KrishnenduChattopadhyay, Syed Saleh Ahmed Sobhan


Moving on the Festival Kaleidoscope, a gala comprising 12 feature films from across the world awaits the delegates. The lineup includes


  1. We Still Have the Deep Black Night by Gustavo Galvão (Brazil, Germany)
  2. Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine by Alex Piperno (Uruguay)
  3. Forgotten We’ll Be by Fernando Trueba (Colombia)
  4. Haifa Street by MohanadHayal (Iraq)
  5. Love Affair (s) by Emmanuel Mouret (French)
  6. Apples by Christos Nikou (Greece)
  7. Parthenon by Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania)
  8. My Little Sister by StéphanieChuat, VéroniqueReymond (Switzerland)
  9. The Death of Cinema and My Father Too by Dani Rosenberg (Israel)
  10. The Big Hit by Emmanuel Courcol (France)
  11. Valley Of The Gods by Lech Majewski (Poland)
  12. Night of the Kings by Philippe Lacôte(France)


The World Panorama consists of a massive line up of the following movies:


Film Name Director Country
Only Human Igor Ivanov Macedonia
The Lawyer RomasZabarauskas Lithuania
RupsaNodirBanke TanvirMokammel Bangladesh
Buiten Is Het Feest JelleNesna Netherlands
3 PUFF SamanSalour Andorra
The Atlantic City Story Henry Butash USA
Gesture PouyaParsamagham Iran
Zhanym, Ty Ne Poverish ErnarNurgaliev Kazakhstan
Running Against The Wind Jan Philipp Weyl Germany, Ethiopia
Spring Blossom Suzanne Lindon France
The Audition Ina Weisse Germany
Moral Order Mario Barroso Portugal
Unidentified Bogdan George Apetri Romania
The First Death Of Joana Cristiane Oliveira Brazil
The Trouble With Nature Illum Jacobi Denmark, France
The Castle Lina LužYtė Lithuania, Ireland
Maternal Maura Delpero Italy
A Fish Swimming Upside Down ErlizaPëtkova Germany
Fauna Nicolás Pereda Spanish
SUK SUK Ray Yeung Hong Kong
Long Time No See Pierre Filmon France
Summer Rebels Martina Sakova Slovakia
In The Dusk ŠarūnasBartas Lithuania
A Common Crime Francisco Márquez Argentina
Lola Laurent Micheli Belgium, France
The Voiceless Pascal Rabaté France
The Taste Of Pho Mariko Bobrik Poland, Germany
Stardust Gabriel Range UK
Funny Face Tim Sutton USA
Naked Animals Melanie Waelde Germany
Las Niñas PilarPalomero Spain
Kala Azar Janis Rafa Netherlands, Greece
ИсторияОднойКартины RuslanMagomadov Russia
Paradies Immanuel Esser Germany
Borderline Anna Alfieri UK
A Simple Man TassosGerakinis Greece
180°Rule FarnooshSamadi Iran
Here We Are Nir Bergman Israel, Italy
The Border Davide David Carrera Colombia
End Of Season ElmarImanov Azerbaijan, Germany, Georgia
This Is My Desire ArieEsiri, ChukoEsiri Nigeria, USA
Karnawal Juan Pablo Felix Argentina
Parents Eric Bergkraut, Ruth Schweikert Switzerland
The Voice OgnjenSviličić Croatia
Spiral…Fear Is Everywhere Kurtis David Harder Canada
Isaac Angeles Hernandez & David Matamoros Spain
Farewell Amour EkwaMsangi US
The Man Who Sold His Skin Kaouther Ben Hania Tunisia, France
Roland Rabers Cabaret of Death Roland Reber Germany
Children of the sun PrasannaVithanage Sri Lanka



This edition of IFFI pays tributes to the genius of the famous filmmaker Satyajit Ray in a special segment showcasing five of his films.


  1. Charulata (1964)
  2. GhareBaire (1984)
  3. PatherPanchali (1955)
  4. ShatranjKeKhilari (1977)
  5. Sonar Kella (1974)



In a segment that pays homage to the stalwarts of cinema that departed from the world this year, IFFI will celebrate their contributions with the following list of films in the homage section.


Homage to International Personalities

  1. Chadwick Boseman
    42 by Brian Helgeland
  2. Ivan Passer
    Cutter’s Way by Ivan Passer
  3. Goran Paskaljevic
    Dev Bhoomi by Goran Paskaljevic
  4. Allen Daviau
    The Extra-Terrestrial by Steven Spielberg
  5. Max Von Sydow
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Stephen Daldry
  6. Sir Alan Parker
    Midnight Express by Alan Parker
  7. Kirk Douglas
    Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick
  8. Ennio Morricone
    The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino
  9. Olivia De Havilland
    The Heiress by William Wyler


Homages to Indian personalities

  1. Ajit Das
    Tara by Bijaya Jena
  2. Basu Chatterjee
    Chhoti Si Baat by Basu Chatterjee
  3. BhanuAthaiya
    Gandhi by Richard Attenborough
  4. BijayMohanty
    ChillikaTeerey by Biplab Roy Choudhury
  5. Irrfan Khan
    Paan Singh Tomar by Tigmanshu Dhulia
  6. Jagdeep
    Brahmachari by BhappiSonie
  7. Kumkum
    BasantBahar by Raja Nawathe
  8. Manmohan Mahapatra
    BhijaMatira Swarga by Manmohan Mahapatra
  9. Nimmi
    BasantBahar by Raja Nawathe
  10. NishikantKamat
    Dombivali Fast by NishikantKamat
  11. RahatIndori
    Mission Kashmir by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  12. Rishi Kapoor
    Bobby by Raj Kapoor
  13. Saroj Khan
    Devdas by Sanjay LeelaBhansali
  14. S.P Balasubrahmanyam
    Sigaram by Ananthu
  15. ShreeramLagoo
    Ek Din Achanak by Mrinal Sen
  16. Soumitra Chatterjee
    Charulata, GhareBaire, Sonar Kella by Satyajit Ray
  17. Sushant Singh Rajput
    Kedarnath by Abhishek Kapoor
  18. Wajid Khan
    Dabangg by AbhinavKashyap
  19. Yogesh Gaur
    Chhoti Si Baat by Basu Chatterjee


Along with the above massive lineup, various other features adorn the festival this year. The Masterclass will see the presence of Mr. ShekharKapur, Mr. Priyadarshan, Mr. Perry Lang, Mr. SubhashGhai, TanvirMokammel.

The In-conversation sessions will feature Mr. Ricky Kej, Mr. Rahul Rawail, Mr. MadhurBhandarkar, Mr. Pablo Cesar, Mr. Abu Bakr Shawky, Mr. Prasoon Joshi, Mr. John Mathew Matthan, Ms. Anjali Menon, Mr. Aditya Dhar, Mr. PrasannaVithanage, MrHariharan, Mr. Vikram Ghosh, Ms. Anupama Chopra, Mr. Sunil Doshi, Mr. Dominic Sangma, and Mr. SunitTandon.

The Film appreciation session will see the presence of Prof. Mazhar Kamran, Prof. MadhuApsara, Prof.PankajSaxena from Film and Television Institute of India.

The International Jury this year comprises Pablo Cesar (Argentina) as Chairman, PrasannaVithanage (Sri Lanka), Abu Bakr Shawky (Austria), Priyadarshan (India) and Ms. Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh).




The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), founded in 1952, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. Held annually, currently in the state of Goa, the festival aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos; and promoting friendship and cooperation among people of the world. The festival is conducted jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals (under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and the state Government of Goa.


51st IFFI is being organised from 16th to 24th January, 2021 in Goa. This edition is being organised in a hybrid mode for the first time and will comprise of both online and in-person experience. The festival will be loaded with a line-up of famous movies with a total of 224 films from across the globe screened. This includes 21 non-feature films and 26 feature films under the Indian Panorama films section.


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