2008 - A Grand Beginning
History
2008 - A Grand Beginning

The Goa Marathi Film Festival was first launched in 2008, as a platform to celebrate the rich tapestry of Marathi cinema against the beautiful backdrop of Goa. The reasons behind the festival were many including the impetus of wanting to display Marathi cinema on a national level, creating a destination event for Goa and enhance interactions among people representing the Marathi film fraternity. 

The evolution of the festival has been truly remarkable with luminaries from all over the country visiting each year. The audience participation is immense, with every show opening to packed audiences and people clamoring to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.

The first ever Marathi film festival held in 2008 commenced at Maquinez Palace with the screening of the film 'Thaang' directed by Amol Palekar.  The National award nominated movie 'Valu' directed by Umesh Kulkarni, was also showcased here. Incidentally, it was the first Marathi film to be selected at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008, Holland. In addition to the touch of glitterati, it was a proud gathering of film enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. Film personalities like Amol Palekar, Pandit Satyadev Dubey, Govind Nihlani and Reema Lagoo won the audiences' hearts with their apt comments on films and film-related subjects.

2009 - Exhilarating Moments Lasting Memories
2009 - Exhilarating Moments Lasting Memories

Riding high on the success of the 2008 festival, the 2009 festival took off to an exciting start with the screening of the film Dhyasparva by Amol Palekar. The second edition of the festival screened a total of 11 Marathi films as against 8 films screened the previous year. Movie screenings included films like 'Harishchandrachi Factory' directed by theatre veteran Paresh Mokashi- India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the Oscar Awards and 'Gabhricha Paus' directed by Satish Manwar. The concluding day of the festival witnessed a seminar on the topic "World Cinema & We" hosted by eminent personalities like Vidya Gokhale, Seema Biswas, Paresh Mokashi and Umesh Kulkarni. All in all, some exhilarating moments for Marathi cinema.

2010 - Winds of Change
2010 - Winds of Change

2010 saw the Marathi Film Festival coming of age with an interesting array of films, interactive sessions and personalities coming together. National award winning film "Nirop", Goan film "Hello Gandhe Sir" and "Janya" were screened to cheering audiences. Another outstanding addition this year was 'Vihir', which also featured at the Berlin film festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010, Holland. Widespread media coverage ensured that an overwhelming response ensued from Marathi film enthusiasts in Goa and all over the country.

2011 - Wider Reach. Regional Inclusions
2011 - Wider Reach. Regional Inclusions

Veteran actor, Vikram Gokhale inaugurated the 2011 festival, which also hosted the opening film "Balgandharva" directed by Ravi Jadhav. In an attempt to make the festival more inclusive and highlight the role played by regional cinema, a special regional section was introduced.  Tamil movie 'Kutty Srank' directed by Shaji Karun and Kannada film 'Gulabi Talkies' directed by Girish Kasaravalli were screened in an attempt to pay tribute to this special celluloid space. The fine "Meet-the-Celebrity" section added a touch of glamour and struck the right chord with the audience.

2012 - Evolution to Revolution
2012 - Evolution to Revolution

2012 marked a significant year for the Goa Marathi Film Festival with tickets getting sold out well in advance. The ambience was ripe with a sense of anticipation for the fifth edition of the festival, which opened with the screening of "Ajintha" by Nitin Desai. The festival showcased a total of 18 films including the 1930s classic 'Sant Tukaram' by Chandrakant Kulkarni. This year also witnessed the showcasing of two grand Marathi films viz. 'Masala' by Sandesh Kulkarni and 'Deool' by Umesh Kulkarni which bagged the National award for best actor to Girish Kulkarni. Dilip Prabhavalkar was honoured with the Goa Kritadnyata Puraskar award, while Sai Paranjape was the Chief Guest.

The best is yet to come……

The ever-increasing presence of Marathi film stars and Bollywood celebrities has enhanced the stature of the Goa Marathi Film Festival. The event is more than just a celebration of cinema; it now offers a dense calendar of events with interactive sessions, workshops, short film competitions, awards shows, hosted parties and entertainment that have captivated and enthralled its audience through the years. It only gets better from here…

2013 - Movies, Magic and Masti
2013 - Movies, Magic and Masti

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor the fortuitous weather could prevent the 6th edition of the Goa Marathi Film Festival from becoming a resounding success.The who's who of the Marathi film industry touched down in Goa for the State's only Marathi Film Festival. When the audience rose as one at the inaugural ceremony to watch Shri Uddhav Thackeray address the crowd, we were certain of two things – that this festival was going to be one of the most talked about events; and that we couldn't have asked for a better patron of Marathi cinema.

For the first time ever, the festival premiered three films : Duniyadari (touted to be a film made with the biggest budget in the Marathi film industry), Postcard and Langar. While the red carpet allowed for some good photo ops with the stars, the grand after-party and stunning fashion show at Grand Hyatt took the festival's glamour quotient up a notch.

This year, it was Vikram Gokhale who was conferred with the prestigious Kritadnyata Puraskar Award for lifetime achievement. Other highlights included a Special Women's Film-making Session and workshops on crowd-funding powered by Catapooolt. And at the end of three days, when the show was over, the stars let their hair down with some full-throated karaoke at O Coqueiro.
All in all, some fun times!

2014 - Celebration of Cinematic Excellence
2014 - Celebration of Cinematic Excellence

With the passing of yet another entertaining year, the 7th edition of Goa Marathi Film Festival brought the best of Marathi Cinema to the limelight. CM Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the festival, raising the curtains to a glitzy opening ceremony and the screening of Marathi Movie 'Rege', a realistic crime thriller.

Films such as 'Anvatt' and 'Bioscope' which premiered at the festival captivated the audience with their unique concepts and received rave reviews from film critics.

As a special tribute, noted film personality, Smt. Ashalata Wabgaonkar was honoured with the exclusive 'Kritadnyata Puraskar' for her contribution towards the Marathi Film Industry. Moreover Renowned Actor Shreyas Talpade unveiled the first look of his movie 'Poshter Boyz' which added to the grandeur of the festival.

The after party at Grand Hyatt Goa was an impressive affair with the cream of Goa's social circuit and celebrated film personalities in attendance. The entertainment for the evening was Ravi Chary & Indo Jazz Fusion, who enthralled the guests with their delightful notes.

And the festival keeps getting better each year with entertaining movies, strong celebrity presence and many more spectacular surprises.

2015 - Entertainment, Opportunities & more
2015 - Entertainment, Opportunities & more

The 8th edition of the Goa Marathi Film Festival was a splendid and glamorous affair and was beautifully portrayed through the warli theme by linking Marathi cinema with Maharashtra's cultural value.

The inaugural ceremony hosted several prominent celebrities and renowned film veterans, Ramesh and Seema Deo were honoured with the prestigious 'Krutadnyata Puraskar. 'Highway' was the opening film which also brought in the glamorous presence of Renuka Shahane and Tisca Chopra.

There was an enlightening workshop on 'Distribution and Marketing of Marathi Movies' about the initiative to promote regional cinema and providing a wide release to Marathi Films. The festival also exhibited a vintage collection of film memorabilia from the 1950's. This year's edition was the first to present the 'Goa Film Festival Screenwriters Point', an opportunity inviting aspiring screenwriters to send in their original scripts, where the best one was materialized into a movie by a reputed production house in Mumbai.

On the whole, the festival was an immense success as it received a tremendous response and brought in new higher expectations for the next edition of the festival.

2016
2016 - A Class Apart

The 9th edition of the Goa Marathi Film Festival took place with much fanfare as it was inaugurated by celebrated Film Director and Producer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali. His romance mystery thriller, 'Laal Ishq' was screened after the inauguration. The prestigious 'Kritadnyata Puraskar' was bestowed to Varsha Usgaonkar, popular actress of Goan origin. A unique workshop on Film lyrics was also conducted by renowned lyricist Prashant Ingole at the Vinsan Academy of Film & Media. The festival garnered a positive response from the audience and has received overwhelming support from the Marathi Film Fraternity.

2017
2017

2017 marked the 10th Anniversary of Goa Marathi Film Festival. The festival showcased fashion designer, Vikram Phadnis debut film ‘Hyudayantra’ and also saw the poster release of Priyanka Chopra’s Marathi film, ‘Kay re Rascala’. The festival was appreciated for introducing well crafted Marathi films that are critically acclaimed and commercially successful. National Award Winning Films such as Dashakriya, Kaasav and Ventilator along with several remarkable movies including Dr. Rakhmabai, Cycle, Take Care Good Night, Sachin-A Billion Dreams, F.U., Sanchaar, Bhow, Nadi Vahate, Chi va Chi Sau Ka, Condition Apply and short films such as Aba aiktay na, Saavat, Chaukat, and Bubblehead, were screened during the festival. From inspiring storylines on untouched subjects to stellar performances, the Goa Marathi Film Festival presented a unique cinematic experience, the success and popularity of this festival backed with the immaculate organisational skills of Vinsan World, has made way for organising a similar festival abroad. This festival was held last year at Stockholm, Sweden with equal fervour.

2017
2018

The 11th Edition of the IFB Goa Marathi Film Festival was a huge success. The Festival’s World Premiere ‘Welcome Home’ directed by Sumitra Bhave / Sunil Sukthankar starring Mrinal Kulkarni, SumeetRaghavan, Spruha Josh was well received by the attendees of the Festival. Juze, Lathe Joshi, Nidraay, Savita DamodarParanjape were some of the critically acclaimed films that were screen at the 11th IFB Goa Marathi Film Festival. Year on year, the festival continues to receive positive response from the audience and has always benn supported and lauded by the entire Marathi Film Fraternity.