50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

Started way back in 1952, the first ever IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India – Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) aims at providing a common platform to the cinemas across the world to project the excellence of the art of film making.

This India’s most prestigious festival is also the first International Film Festival held anywhere in Asia.

IFFI 2019: Full list of winners

Award categoryWinnerPerson Name  
Golden Peacock AwardParticlesThe French-Swiss drama was directed by Blaise Harrison and produced by Estelle Fialon.
Best Director AwardLijo Jose PellisseryLijo Jose Pellissery won the award for his film ‘Jallikattu’. 
Best Actor (Male) Award Seu Jorge  Seu Jorge  won the award for his portrayal of his character, Carlos Marighella in the Brazilian movie ‘Marighella’.
Best Actor (Female) Award Usha JadhavUsha Jadhav won the award for her portrayal of  ‘Prabha Mai’ in Marathi movie ‘Mai Ghatt: Crime No. 103/2005’. 
Special Jury AwardPema Tseden for ‘Balloon’ Pema Tseden won the award for his film ‘Balloon’, which is set in the background of Tibetan grasslands.   The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, silver peacock trophy and a citation.
Best Debut Feature Film of a DirectorAmin Sidi Boumediene for ‘Abou Leila’ Marius Olteanu for ‘Monsters’Abou Leila traces the story of two childhood friends who crossed the desert to search for a dangerous terrorist Abu Leila. ‘Monsters’ surrounds a relationship drama and describes the current state of a couple over 24 hours. The award carries a silver peacock trophy, cash prize worth Rs 10 lakh and a certificate.
Special mentionHellaroAbhishek Shah’s Hellaro won a special mention from the jury for its”‘incredible music, colour and choreography.” 
The ICFT –UNESCO Gandhi Medal RwandaRwanda, the Italian film directed by Riccardo Salvetti has won the coveted medal. 
Special mention under ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi medalBahattar HoorainThe Indian film won the special mention under the medal category. The movie is directed by Sanjay P. Singh Chauhan.