Pune is a city located in the west of the Maharashtra state. Once a capital of the vast Maratha Empire, Pune inherits a rich legacy of art and culture. In 1933, the eminent Prabhat Film Company built its studio in Pune. The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was established in the Prabhat premises in 1960 and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) was established in 1964. With these developments, the city became fertile ground for filmmakers, actors and film technicians. PIFF takes forward this legacy of film culture in the city, with a festival that especially attracts the youth. We are spreading this spirit throughout Maharashtra by conducting satellite festivals in various other cities.
The Pune Film Foundation was established with the sole purpose of organising a grand international film festival in Pune. PIFF is organised by the Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra every year. We undertake end-to-end planning and execution of the festival. We also keep infusing newer and better ideas in each edition.
The Foundation has also diversified its work by organising smaller festivals like Film Festivals from Europe. The central thought is to keep giving the audiences of Pune something new and interesting to view. Our motto is to strengthen cultural discourse through cinema.
Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) was started with the idea of building and promoting a healthy film culture in Pune. Our objective is to give film lovers in the city access to global cinema and spark a cultural exchange. With discussions, lectures and master classes on varied topics related to the craft, we try to instil an academic flavour in the festival.
Every edition of PIFF has a unique contemporary theme. Through categories like World Competition, Marathi Competition, Global Cinema, Country Focus and Retrospective, we bring forth quality films from various countries and cultures. An acclaimed international jury decides awards for films in the competitive sections.
The Government of Maharashtra recognised PIFF as its official festival in 2010. PIFF is the only festival that gives international recognition to Marathi cinema. Every year, PIFF continues to grow with the participation of more and more accomplished film personalities, emerging filmmakers and film enthusiasts.