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IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 05: Line up of movies for international competition

IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 05: Line up of movies for international competition

51st International Film Festival of India has released the line-up of international movies for competition during the festival. The best feature length fiction films from all over the world are selected to compete in the section. It is one of the most important sections of the festival that features some of the most outstanding films of the year, and these 15 films compete for the Golden Peacock, and other awards.

The movies are:

The Domain by Tiago Guedes (Portugal)

Into The Darkness by Anders Refn(Denmark)

February by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria, France)

My Best Part by Nicolas Maury (France)

I Never Cry by Piotr Domalewski (Poland, Ireland)

La Veronica by Leonardo Medel (Chile)

Light For the Youth by Shin Su-won (South Korea)

Red Moon Tide by Lois Patiño (Spain)

Dream About Sohrab by Ali Ghavitan (Iran)

The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night by Ramin Rasouli (Afghanistan, Iran)

The Silent Forest by KO Chen-Nien (Taiwan)

The Forgotten by Daria Onyshchenko (Ukraine, Switzerland)

Bridge by Kripal Kalita (India)

A Dog And His Man by Siddharth Tripathy (India)

Thaen by Ganesh Vinayakan (India)

These films will compete for various categories of awards, viz:

Best Film (Golden Peacock) – this award carries a cash prize of Rs.  40,00,000/- to be shared equally between the Director and Producer. The Director will receive the Golden Peacock and a Certificate, in addition to the cash component. The Producer will receive a Certificate, in addition to the cash component.

Best Director: Silver Peacock, Certificate, and a cash prize of Rs.15,00,000/-

Best Actor (Male): Silver Peacock, Certificate, and a cash prize of Rs10,00,000/-

Best Actor (Female): Silver Peacock, Certificate, and a cash prize of Rs10,00,000/-

Special Jury Award: Silver Peacock, Certificate, and a cash prize of Rs 15,00,000/- given to a film (for any aspect of the film which the jury wishes to award/acknowledge) or an individual (for his/her artistic contribution to a film). The award, if given to a film, will be given to the Director of the film.


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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