The International Film Festival of India has always been about celebrating exquisite movies. With multiple film sections that exhibit films from different countries, languages and genres, IFFI acts as a platform for people to appreciate these creations of art. Each year, the coveted ‘Golden Peacock’ prize is won by one movie in the International Competition Film Section. The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs 40 lakhs to be shared equally between the Producer and the Director, Trophy and the citation.
This year, the International Competition consists of 15 movies out of which 3 of them are made by Indians. In this competition section, films have been produced and co-produced by 22 countries.
The selection has been made from over 700 entries. Pema Tseden’s Balloon (China), Ali Aydin’s Chronology (Turkey), Andreas Horvath’s Lillian (Austria), Wagner Moura’s Marighella (Brazil), Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses (Norway|Sweden|Denmark), Blaise Harrison’s Particles (France|Switzerland), Gregor Bozic’s Stories from the Chestnut Woods (Slovenia), Yosep Anggi Noen’s The Science of Fictions(Indonesia | Malaysia | France), Erdenebileg Ganbold’s Steed (Mongolia), Kristóf Deák’s Hungarian Film Captives and Ben Rekhi’s Philippines film Watch List are in Competition. Films from Female filmmakers in the Competition section include Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone and Mahnaz Mohammadi’s Son-Mother. Marathi film Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005 directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan and Malayalam film Jallikattu directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery are the two Indian films competing at 50th IFFI.