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About The Festival

Founded in 2002, the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) was started to build a wholesome film culture in Pune. The festival is structured to provide a greater sense of cultural exchange with discussions and master classes, in addition to film screenings.

The festival, across its categories like World Competition, Marathi Competition, Global Cinema, Country Focus and Retrospective sections, is a competitive festival with an international jury deciding the awards for the films in the competitive sections. Unlike other festivals in the state, PIFF provides Marathi cinema a special platform through a carefully curated section.

With a total of over Rs 20 lakh in prize money, the festival offers a Rs 5 lakh cash prize for the Best Marathi language film. Another unique aspect of the festival is that it presents films from film and design institutions, showcasing the best of student films to a discerning audience.

Led by noted film and theatre director, Dr Jabbar Patel, PIFF has steadily been gaining prominence on the festival calendar. The festival in 2018 will be held from January 11 to 18.

Some key films to watch out for from the World Competition

Requiem for Mrs J

Dir: Bojan Vuletic

Women of the Weeping River
Dir: Sheron Dayoc

Dir: Teemu Nikki

The Longing
Dir: Joram Lursen

Dir: Lucrecia Martel

Dir: Tony Galtif

The Quartette
Dir: Miroslav Krobot

Some animation films from schools

A Love Story from the National Film and Television School (NFTS)

Amanda from York University

Aquarium from Universidad del Cine-(UCINE)

Chilli from VysokáŠkolaMuzickýchUmení-(VSMU)

Flying Putzi from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (BAAD)

Jytte – A Danish Hero  from Den Danske Filmskole (DDF)

Ocean from Universidade de São Paulo

Once Upon A Line from University of Southern California

Live action films from schools

Dobry from National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts

Pickle from Chapman University

Short Drop from SVA – School of Visual Arts

Taxi Blues  from Beijing Film Academy

The Principal from ELO-Aalto University

India Connect

World Competition

Pathirakalam directed by Priyanandanan


Kaichi from Whistling Woods International

Baba from National Institute of Design (NID)

Live Action

Sopanam from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute Of India (SRFTII)

500 Rupees from Whistling Woods International

Binodini from Whistling Woods International

Chav from Film and Television Institute Of India (FTII)

Registering for the festival

Delegates can register online at

Registration comes with a nominal fee.

– Sanjay Ram

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