IIFA Utsavam

The annual IIFA Utsavam rewards the artistic and technical achievements of the South Indian film industry. The ceremony is organised by Wizcraft International, the team behind the IIFA Awards, and represents Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema, Malayalam cinema and Kannada cinema.

IIFA Utsavam
Current: 3rd IIFA Utsavam
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements for South Indian films
Presented byInternational Indian Film Academy
First awarded2016
Television/radio coverage
NetworkGemini TV (Telugu)
Sun TV (Tamil)
Surya TV (Malayalam)
Udaya TV (Kannada)[1]
Produced byWizcraft International

The ceremony was instituted in 2016, after the 2015 South Indian floods had delayed the event from December 2015. The Awards are presented in separate parts on two different days. On the first day the most promising upcoming South Indian film artistes from the Tamil and Malayalam film industries are honoured, while the second day honours artists & technicians of the Telugu and Kannada film industries. The Award nominees are selected by a jury of senior artistes and professionals and voted for by public polling.[2][3]


In October 2015, the team behind the IIFA Awards announced that they would create a platform titled IIFA Utsavam, in order to reward the achievements of the South Indian film industry. The inaugural show was announced to be held in Hyderabad between 4 and 6 December.[4][5] On 3 December 2015, Andre Timmins of the IIFA Management announced that the show would be postponed as a result of the 2015 Chennai floods and that the event would be held as a fundraiser at a later date.[6] The show was subsequently rearranged and held from 24 to 25 January, with the proceeds of the events going on to help with recuperation efforts from the 2015 Chennai floods.[7][8]

As a part of the inaugural event, the makers organised the FICCI-IIFA Media & Entertainment business conclave in order to create a synthesis of business and entertainment, with Ramesh Sippy, and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra being amongst the guest speakers. The organisers stated that the next two annual shows will be held in Hyderabad, before taking the show abroad.[6]


Ceremony Date Best Picture Host(s) Venue City Ref
1st 24—25 January 2016 Baahubali: The Beginning (Telugu)
Baahubali: The Beginning (Tamil)
RangiTaranga (Kannada)
Ennu Ninte Moideen (Malayalam)
Allu Sirish, Navdeep, Regina Cassandra (Telugu)
Shiva, Venkat Prabhu (Tamil)
Vijay Raghavendra, Akul Balaji (Kannada)
Pearle Maaney, Suraj Venjaramood (Malayalam)
Gachibowli Athletic Stadium Hyderabad
2nd 28—29 March 2017 Janatha Garage (Telugu)
Irudhi Suttru (Tamil)
Kirik Party (Kannada)
Puli Murugan (Malayalam)
Rana Daggubati, Nani (Telugu)
Rana Daggubati, Shiva (Tamil)
Akul Balaji, Meghana Gaonkar (Kannada)
Tini Tom, Pearle Maaney (Malayalam)
Hyderabad International Convention Centre Hyderabad [9]

Award categoriesEdit

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actor in a Negative Role
  • Best Comedian
  • Best Music Director
  • Best Story
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Lyricist
  • Best Male Playback Singer
  • Best Female Playback Singer
  • Best Makeup artist


  1. ^ http://www.iifautsavam.com/ iifautsavam.com
  2. ^ "First-ever – IIFA UTSAVAM". Sify.
  3. ^ "IIFA Utsavam press meet". Sify.
  4. ^ IANS. "Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi to attend IIFA Utsavam 2015". The Hindu.
  5. ^ Staff Reporter. "IIFA set to take South Indian cinema by storm". The Hindu.
  6. ^ a b "IIFA Utsavam raises over Rs. 1 crore for Chennai flood campaign". Sify. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016.
  7. ^ "IIFA Utsavam to be held from January 24–25". Sify. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Popular southern film stars flag off IIFA Utsavam". Sify. Archived from the original on 31 January 2016.
  9. ^ "IIFA Utsavam 2017 to be held in Hyderabad to commemorate the best of South Indian cinema- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2020.

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