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Jaipur International Film Festival 2013

The Jaipur International Film Festival, the world’s fastest growing film festival, is held every year now for 5 days from 27-31 January in Jaipur, India

As you already know, Jaipur International Film Festival-JIFF is organized every year from 27th to 31st January for the period of 5 days. However, considering the chain of cultural activities happening in Jaipur during the tourist season and due to Film Market plans it has been decided that the festival would be organized this year from January 30th to 3rd February, 2013.

Launched in January 2009, Jaipur International Film Festival -JIFF became expanding establishing name in organizing world film festival every year in Rajasthan PINK CITY OF JAIPUR in India.

And now Jaipur is having an honor of organizing World’s Fabulous Red Carpet award ceremony on February 03, 2013.

The purpose of this film festival is to promote new movie makers, exchange of knowledge, information, ideas & culture between India & other nations in context of their social and cultural ethos. JIFF also promotes friendship and co-operation among people of the world through the medium of films & documentaries.

Though the film festivals have became a regular affair in most countries yet most of them cater only to selected audience as well as entertain the commercially successful film makers and related personalities. However, JIFF intends to organize a festival that connects the film fans & movie goers with the world, especially the serious filmmakerS & their associates so as to bring about greater understanding of the art of film making.

Jaipur International Film Festival Trust is registered under act of public trust act 1959 (1959 ka 42) under the Devasthan Commissioner, Jaipur Khand, Jaipur office.
JIFF History

The Fourth JIFF 2012 has received 902 films from 70 countries.

The third JIFF 2011 was held with overwhelming response & it was a feather in crown.
15000 film lovers and film makers visited the festival.
Altogether 600 films were received from 67 countries of the world.
144 short, documentary, animation and feature films were screened from 67 countries.

The second JIFF 2010 was held with overwhelming response & it was a feather in crown.
10000 film lovers and film makers visited the festival.
Altogether 350 films were received from 41 countries of the world.
87 short & documentary films and two feature films were screened from 23 countries.
Viewers & readers of JIFF 2010- Around 15 billions in world.
Ninety-four films were sent to Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India, New Delhi for official approval, and of that 87 films got censor clearance.

The first JIFF 2009 was a first milestone towards success.
3500 film lovers & film makers attended the festival.
Altogether 148 films were received from 7 different countries.
58 short & documentaries, and 2 feature films were screened from 6 foreign countries.
Viewers & readers of JIFF, 2009 Around 10 billion in Rajasthan, 20 billion in India & 2 billion in the world.



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7th International Short Film Festival of India

Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts – DBICA, is a nonprofit Media and Communications organization, belonging to the thousands of Don Bosco Institutions functioning in over 131 countries across the globe, committed to the formation of the young people and empowering them to be media literate and produce a media content that is educative, entertaining and socially reflective.

Over the years DBICA, has emerged as one among the premier media institutes in Chennai, actively involved in imparting values, shaping skills and forming young people to be critical consumers and creative entrepreneurs of media. DBICA continues to be a bridge, providing a platform for critics and professionals to discuss media and social issues through seminars, research, short film festivals and various other media campaigns.

1.3 Festival Dates
The International Short Film Festival of India [ISFFI] organized by DBICA – Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts, Chennai will be held from February 2 to February 3, 2013.

1.4 Eligibility
Submission to the Festival is open to Short films, documentaries and animated films created by Independent and Student Film Makers.

Details here 


We are happy to announce that the 9th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival will take place at the India International Centre, New Delhi from 5-7 March, 2013.

The event will showcase the works of Asian women directors in a range of genres – animation, documentary, experimental, short fiction and television reportage. The director could be living in any part of the world but should be of Asian origin.

Approximately 40 films will be selected. Though not mandatory, we prefer to screen films made in the last two years so that the selection reflects contemporary concerns and fresh energies.

In the 2013 edition of the festival we seek to have an exciting selection of films that truly reflect the concerns of Asian women filmmakers. We are looking for works that show courage in the choice of both content and form. Apart from the general programme, there will be a focus on films of women directors from
South Korea
To encourage new talent we are planning a special section of outstanding student films from India.

Details here

11th Pune International Film Festival

The Pune International Film Festival arrives this year in its eleventh edition, and will be held from 10 – 17 January, 2013.

About PIFF

PIFF — A Flashback Studded With Memories of Treasure

Pune is among the fastest growing cosmopolitans in India today. Its all-round growth has made it an attractive global destination for many segments. Because of the highly reputed FTII (Film and Television Institute of India), Pune is also a hotbed of filmdom that has consistently created fresh talent for all genres of the film industry. The presence of the FTII also fits in well with Pune’s overall personality of being the “Oxford of the East”.

Completing the film connection of the city is also the historic and well-stocked National Film Archive of India.

Typically like a growing cosmopolitan, Pune has seen it all. From, the now nostalgic theatres to sprawling expanses of multiplexes and crowded shops to the numerous malls, the evolution of this multi-hued city has been spectacular. For the film buffs of the city and India, Pune enjoys significance. On occasions pertaining to the industry, stars from all the verticals descend on this city. With a multi-cultural blend of population with varied interests, Pune provides an ideal platform for an International Film Festival.

The Pune International Film Festival was launched in 2002, with an idea of attracting the best in celluloid to Pune. The first “International Film Festival” received a response brimming with success. Slowly, event by event, PIFF has evolved into a major annual event.

With the backdrop of 10 eventful editions, the 11th version of PIFF promises more variety, more movies and greater insight and entertainment into the international cinematic world.


Festival Website here


Entries must reach PIFF Office on or before 15 November, 2012. Late entries will be accepted only at the discretion of the Festival Director.

17th International Film Festival Of Kerala

Both as an industry and as an art form Malayalam cinema faced uphill challenges by the end of the last century. Grooming better cinematic sensibility among the people with the support of film societies was one important task. Finding avenues abroad for filmmakers was another. Smoothening the relation between the Government and film bodies and among the film bodies themselves was urgently required. Welfare of film artistes had to be ensured. Government formed the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy to address these and kindred problems.

International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) was one of the chief planks of the Academy. In fact Government had started IFFK in a modest way from 1994 onwards. Under the leadership of Academy it soon emerged as one of the important film events of the world. IFFK has a competition section for films from the Asian, African and Latin American films. The non competition section includes inter alia contemporary world cinema and films of great masters. The marketing section is gathering importance year after year.

Kerala State Chalachitra Academy,
India- 695010.
Phone:2310323, 2312214
Fax: +91-471-2310322
Email: info@iffk.in


Website here

BYOFF 2013

The Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF) is a film festival that began in 2004 on the beaches of the temple town Puri, in the Indian state of Orissa.
Its uniqueness lies in the fact that there is no formal screening or qualifying process, but rather it is a forum for independent filmmakers. Anyone can just walk-in, register, and exhibit his work. The festival has proven to be popular and has generated considerable interest in the Indian film-making community.[1] In this Film Festival, Any film maker can bring their film to the festival and screen it. Not only filmmakers, but also artists from other fields like music, theatre, painting, sculpture, dance, literature and photography are encouraged to participate and show their work.DearCinema

Third Eye 11th Asian Film festival, Mumbai

6th December to 13th December 2012, Mumbai


Contact details are here.


Spectrum Asia
Contemporary Asian films will be showcased in this section to capture the cinematic trends in Asian countries.
First / Second Film Competition
The Festival is starting a competition of first or second film made by Asian director. Director of the film must have debuted not before before one year of the festival.
This competition will be adjudged by an International Jury.
Best Film will be awarded Trophy + cash prize of US$ 2,000.
Best Short Film Competition
Many aspiring young directors and film school students in Asia are making digital short fiction films. 8th Asian Film Festival is organising Short Fiction Film Competition. The idea is to hunt new talents in direction.
Short Fiction Film made two years before the festival are eligible. Duration should be upto 30 minutes and in digital format – preferably DVD. Running time of more than 30 minutes will be at the discretion of Festival Director.
This competition will be adjudged by an International Jury.
Best Film will be awarded Trophy + cash prize of US$ 1,000.
Master of Asian Cinema
Japanese master Akira Kurosawa first placed Asian cinema squarely on the world map with his classic, Rashomon by winning the Grand Prix at Venice International Film Festival in 1951. Thereafter, Asian cinema has slowly but steadily emerged into international spotlight by winning top awards at world’s important film festival.
The Award Winner will present some of these award-winning Asian films that bagged the top honours at Global film festival.
Satyajit Ray Memorial Award
Ths award will honour the person who’s lifetime mission is to propogate film culture by running of film society, writing books or Magazine etc.
Focus on One Asian Country
A package of six to seven films will be screened showcasing the trends in cinema in that country
Tributes will be paid to Indian and Asian directors by organising Retrospectives of their films.
Asian Film Culture Award
The award will honour the achievements of Asian directors, who remain unknown to common cinemagoers in India. There is a little awareness about Indian directors in other Asian countries and vica versa.
The award will be presented to recognise the achievement of the director in popularising Asian cinema and artistic achievement in cinematography. The award will be presented to the winner during the Festival’s opening ceremony.



Cinema arrived in Mumbai, formerly Bombay on the western coast of India, in December 1896 with the package of first ever films made by Lumiere brothers. By 2000, the Mumbai Film Industry had truly acquired the dimensions of an Entertainment Industry, catering to the entertainment needs of a nation of one billion, currently poised on the verge of corporatisation and expected to touch a total turnover of Rupees 15,000 crores.
India remains the only country perhaps where Hollywood has failed to capture the local theatres. The Hollywood blockbusters prefer to dub in regional Indian languages to gain foothold in the Indian market and compete with the indigenous cinema. In a country where Hollywood machinations, with its smart marketing and sleekly made films, have made a dent in India slowly in the last five years. However the concept of Asian Cinema is completely alien. It is interesting to note that while the Asian Cinema has been winning accolades in the international festival circuit, none of the SAARC countries screen Asian cinema commercially. It is not even much known in film society network of South Asia.
The Asian Film Festival is one such beginning in the right direction. The Festival aims to establish interaction between Asian Film fraternity and create a dialogue with the West.
Extending from Turkey to Japan, and divided culturally in the Middle East, West Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and the Far East, the Asian Cinema is as diverse and rich as its topography. Yet, the Asian countries share cultural similarities, and a comman socio-economis scenario. They are plagued by similar problems of poverty, illiteracy, population, lowly status of women. Cinema could be a comman bond, which could create awareness about each other amongst Asian countries.


‘Ayam bandhurayam neti gananā laghuchetasām, Udāracharitānām tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam’

(Extract from the Vedic scripture Maha Upanishad, meaning ‘One is my brother and the other is not – is the thinking of a narrow-minded person. For those who are broad-minded, liberals, or noble people, the entire world is a one big family.’)

Nothing exemplifies the Indian notion of non-violence and peaceful coexistence as ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, the phrase in which the IFFI and its theme are rooted.

The 1st edition of IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India. Held in Mumbai from 24 January to 1 February 1952, the Festival was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi and Calcutta. In all it had about 40 features and 100 short films. In Delhi, the IFFI was inaugurated by Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 21 February 1952.

Since its beginnings in 1952 the IFFI has been the biggest event of its type in India. Subsequent IFFI’s were held in New Delhi. From the 3rd edition in January 1965, IFFI’s became competitive. In 1975 the Filmotsav, non-competitive and to be held in other filmmaking cities in alternate years, was introduced. Later, Filmotsavs were merged in IFFI’s. In 2004 the IFFI was moved to Goa. Since then the IFFI has been an annual event and competitive.
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12th Osian’s Cinefan Film festival

The 12th edition of Osian’s Cinefan Film festival will be held in New Delhi from 27th July to 5th August, 2012. A two day summit–Delhi: Our Next Cinema City–is being organised as part of the 12OCFF. The subject, as many of us would recall, is close to the heart of the Delhi GRAFTII. May I invite GRAFTIIANS to not only participate in the summit on 31st July and 1st August, 2012 respectively but also send their suggestions regarding the topics that could be discussed by and with the various agencies that can help make Delhi a film production centre.

12OCFF will also pay a tribute to Mani Kaul. The first Mani Kaul Memorial lecture will be delivered by Marco Mueller. There will also be two panel discussions. For more information, follow www.osians.com or on facebook.

8th IAWRT Asian Women’sFilm Festival


We invite you for the 8th IAWRT Asian Women’sFilm Festival to be held from 5-7 March2012 in New Delhi. It is being organised by IAWRT -India, in association with the India International Centre, Sangat South Asia,Japan Foundation and Alliance Française.

This year we are delighted to show 46 films from 16 countries thatcelebrate a diversity of women filmmakers, coveringthe gamut from international favourites to artistic experiments and communityvideos—works that challenge us, inspire us and expand our vision. The programmeincludes three curated packages of films from Japan, Turkey and Hong Kong.We have 4 World, 5 International, 6 Asian, 13 SouthAsian and 7 Delhi Premieres. 24 filmmakers from 10 countries willbe present to lead the discussions following the screening of their films. Thefilms will be shown at the IIC Auditorium on 5, 6 and 7 March and at Alliance Française on 6 March.

Apart from the film screenings there will be

Aseminar on Representing Children’s Worlds: Gender, Media and Society
on 5 Marchat IIC Conference Room II from 10am-5pm

A panel discussion on Does Nuclear Powerhave a Future?
on6 March at Alliance Française at 5 pm

Aphoto exhibition on Women Changing India by Zubaan
from5-7 March in the IIC foyer

The complete schedule is available at http://iawrtindia. blogspot. in/p/schedules. html

We look forward tohaving you with us.

Best Wishes
IAWRT Festival Team

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