54th International Film Festival Of India:
The 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) recently commenced with a grand opening ceremony at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium in Panaji, Goa.
- International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was founded in 1952 under the patronage of the first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and was organized by the Films Division, Government of India.
- The first edition of the event was held in Mumbai, which in the subsequent years moved to Calcutta, Delhi, Madras, and Trivandrum.
- IFFI was moved to Goa permanently in 2004, and since then it has become a competitive and annual event. Since then, the Government of Goa and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting jointly conduct this festival.
- It is the only film festival in South Asia that is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers and Associations (FIAPF).
- The IFFI aims to provide a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of film art, contributing to the understanding and appreciation of the film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos, and promoting friendship and cooperation among people around the world.
- It also inspires and encourages Indian cinema to stand on par with international ones and showcase its potential.