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).

Goverment of Maharashtra Award Winners

Year Prabhat- Best international Film
Rs.10 Lacs
Prabhat- Best International Director
Rs.5 Lacs
2019 Girls Of The Sun (Eva Husson) Rodrigo Barriuso & Sebastian Barriuso (A Translator)
2018 Free and Easy (China) Lucrecia Martel (Zama)
2017 Lost in Munich 
(Czech Republic)
Kirill Serebrennikov
(The Student)
2016 Immortal ( Iran) Raam Reddy (Thithi)
2015 Behavior (Conducta) Zdenek Tyc (Like Never Before) and Alexander Kott(Test)
2014 Papusza (Poland) Joanna Kos-Krauze &
Krzysztof Krauze
(Papusza) and
Mirko Locatelli
(Foreign Bodies)
2013 Barbara ( Germany) Rogrigo Plá
(La Demora)
2012 If not us, who? (Germany) Asghar Farhadi
(Nader & Simin)
2011 Dooman River
(South Korea)
Borys Lankosz
(The Reverse)
2010 White Lightening
Maria Prochazkova
(Who is Afraid of the Wolf)
2009 Lake Tahoe
Sergey Dvortsevoy
2008 XXY
Teressa Prata
(Sleepwalking Land)
2007 The Old Barbar 
Costa Gavras
(The Axe – Le Couperet)
2006 The Child 
( Belgium )
Jean- Pierre & 
Luc Dardenne
2005 Yesterday 
(South Africa)
Josue Mendez
(Days of Santiago)