The 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Panaji, capital of Goa. The closing ceremony was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim in Panaji. Israeli Director Dan Wolman was honored with a lifetime achievement award. Story-screenplay-dialogue writer Salim Khan honored with IFFI 2018 Special Award for his lifetime contribution to cinema. He has presented with the cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, certificate, shawl and scroll for his outstanding contribution to cinema.
The theme of for this year’s film festival was New India through a variety of genres of cinema, including history, action, romance, and sports. Israel was focus country and Jharkhand was the focus state for this year’s IFFI. This is for the first time that any state was made focus state at IFFI.
It is a biggest state-backed international film festival in India. It is conducted jointly by Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Directorate of Film Festivals and Government of Goa. It was started in 1952 and since then held annually in Goa. It aims at providing a common platform for cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art. It also seeks to contribute to create awareness for understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos and promote friendship and cooperation among people of the world.