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.
Auteur Adoor Gopalakrishnan feels movie-making will not change significantly in post-COVID scenario.
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.
The opening ceremony will be hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.
In a first, the festival will screen films with audio description for the visual impaired.
There are some fundamental problems to correct to make Indian films succeed on the world stage.