Calling the film a delightfully rewarding experience, the jury observed that though it was looking to revive war-time memories, it was not a war film and was centred instead on human relationships.
Two special Masterclasses led by the creators and cast of Amazon Original Series The Family Man as well as Amazon Original Movie Sardar Udham.
Samantha is the first south Indian actress to be invited as a speaker at IFFI.
Auteur Adoor Gopalakrishnan feels movie-making will not change significantly in post-COVID scenario.
Veteran actor Biswajit was presented with the personality of the year award.
The festival screens national and international films and hosts artistes from across the world, engaging in masterclasses and discussions throughout its nine-day run.
IFFI will now be held from January 16 to January 24.
I&B Ministry officials said the decision was taken keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation.
IFFI is held annually in the coastal state between November 20 and 28.
Political party workers and activists were also arrested, after they protested with 'Go Back Javadekar' placards outside the festival screening venue in the state capital.