The 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) concluded on November 28 with Spanish film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ directed by Valentina Maurel winning the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock’ for the best film of the festival.
The closing ceremony of IFFI was held at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium in Taleigao. The film festival witnessed participation of filmmakers and cinema lovers from across the globe.
“My commitment is to give strong emphasis to provide a platform to regional cinema. Because, regional is no longer regional… it has gone national and international. Cinema has played a vital role to reach Hindi language across the globe,” Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said on the occasion.
Megastar Chiranjeevi was conferred the Indian Film Personality of the Year award on concluding day of International Film festival of India. Vahid Mobasseri, lead actor of ‘No End’, was honored with Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Male), while Daniela Marin Navarro, lead Actor of Best Film ‘I Have Electric Dreams’ was honored with Silver Peacock for Best Actor (Female).
Iranian writer and director Nader Saeivar got Silver Peacock for Best Director for ‘No End’, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz bagged the Special Jury Award for ‘When the Waves are Gone’.
Award for Best Debut Feature Film of a Director was taken by Asimina Proedrou for Behind The Haystack and Praveen Kandregula has received Special Mention for ‘Cinema Bandi’.
Legendry Actress Asha Parekh, Akshay Kumar, Ayushmann Khurana were felicitated on the occasion.
The nine-day festival featured 280 films from 79 countries, opened with Austrian film ‘Alma and Oskar’, directed by Dieter Berner, while Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi’s ‘Perfect Number’ was the closing film. France was the ‘Spotlight’ country this year.