The 1st edition of IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India. Held in Mumbai from 24 January to 1 February 1952, the Festival was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi and Calcutta. In all, it had about 40 features and 100 short films. In Delhi, the IFFI was inaugurated by Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 21 February 1952.
Since its beginnings in 1952 the IFFI has been the biggest event of its type in India. Subsequent IFFI’s were held in New Delhi. From the 3rd edition in January 1965, IFFI’s became competitive. In 1975 the Filmotsav, non-competitive and to be held in other filmmaking cities in alternate years, was introduced. Later, Filmotsavs were merged in IFFI’s. In 2004, the IFFI was moved to Goa. Since then the IFFI has been an annual event and competitive.

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An exterior view of the entrance to the International film festival exhibition grounds in Bombay. Courtesy-
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R.R. Diwakar, Minister of State for I. & B. to meet the delegates to the I.E. Festival at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on February 22, 1952.Some India Film Stars photographed with Shri Diwakar. Courtesy-
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Entrance to the International Film Festival Grounds in Bombay.Courtesy-
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Some stills displayed in one of the Indian stalls of the International Film Festival exhibition in Bombay. Courtesy-
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Posters and stills displayed in the Chinese stall of the International Film Festival Exhibition in Bombay. Courtesy-
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A view of the open air theatre erected in Bombay in connection with the International Film Festival. Photo Division; Courtesy-
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Posters and stills exhibited in the Czechoslovakian stall of the International film festival exhibition in Bomaby. Courtesy-
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Some Posters and photographs exhibited in the Films Division’s stall in the International Films Festival in Bombay. Courtesy-
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Entrance to the International Film Festival Grounds in Bombay. Courtesy-
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Some posters of Indian Films displayed outside one of the stalls in the International Film Festival. Courtesy-
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Some posters and still photos exhibited in one of the stalls of the international film festival exhibition in Bombay. Courtesy-
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