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World Competition Winners

World Cinema Awards

The most coveted category of PIFF, the World Competition section brings 14 of the best films created around the world every year. The films are picked from over hundreds of entries. Over the years, the regional representation has increased - from films mainly from Europe to now those from Africa, South America and Asia.

The World Competition Films are the most viewed films in PIFF. There is anticipation, excitement and expectations around these films. The appreciation is seen in the form of applause and vigorous discussions after the screenings. Two special awards are given to the winners in this category – the Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film (Rs. 10 Lakh) and Government of Maharashtra “Prabhat” Best International Film Director (Rs. 5 Lakh).


  • Prabhat Award for the Best International Film instituted by the Government of Maharashtra awarded to the Czech Republic film Lost in Munich (Ztraceni v Mnichove) directed by Petr Zelenka & produced by David Ondrícek and the prize money of Rs. 10 Lakhs is shared equally between the director (50%) and the producer (50%)
  • Prabhat Award for the Best International Film Director instituted by the Government of Maharashtra of Rs. 5 Lakhs is given to Kirill Serebrennikov for the Russian Film The Student (Uchenik)
  • Audience Award for the Best International Film- In between Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud
  • The special jury award is given to the Director Ivan I. Tverdovsky of the Russian Film Zoology (Zoologiya)
  • The special jury award is given to the Director Haobam Paban Kumar of the Indian Film Lady of the Lake
  • Special Mention Certificates are given to Polish Actress Agata Buzek, for the film The Innocents (Agnus Dei)
  • Special Mention Certificates are given to Pieter-Jan De Pue, the cinematographer of the film The Land of the Enlightened

Goverment of Maharashtra Award Winners

Year Prabhat- Best international Film
Rs.10 Lacs
Prabhat- Best International Director
Rs.5 Lacs
2005 Yesterday 
(South Africa)
Josue Mendez
(Days of Santiago)
2006 The Child 
( Belgium )
Jean- Pierre & 
Luc Dardenne
(L’enfant)
2007 The Old Barbar 
(China)
Costa Gavras
(The Axe – Le Couperet)
2008 XXY
(Argentina)
Teressa Prata
(Sleepwalking Land)
2009 Lake Tahoe
(Mexico)
Sergey Dvortsevoy
(Tulpan)
2010 White Lightening
(UK)
Maria Prochazkova
(Who is Afraid of the Wolf)
2011 Dooman River
(South Korea)
Borys Lankosz
(The Reverse)
2012 If not us, who? (Germany) Asghar Farhadi
(Nader & Simin)
2013 Barbara ( Germany) Rogrigo Plá
(La Demora)
2014 Papusza (Poland) Joanna Kos-Krauze &
Krzysztof Krauze
(Papusza) and
Mirko Locatelli
(Foreign Bodies)
2015 Behavior (Conducta) Zdenek Tyc (Like Never Before) and Alexander Kott(Test)
2016 Immortal ( Iran) Raam Reddy (Thithi)
2017 Lost in Munich 
(Czech Republic)
Kirill Serebrennikov
(The Student)

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