After getting a glimpse of Arab and Asian cinema at the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival, get set for the first ever Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF), scheduled to take place from December 21 to 27 at Siri Fort Auditorium and NDMC Convention Centre. The festival will showcase 150 films from across 70 countries including France, Israel, Britain and Brazil.
Filmmaker-writer Suresh K Goswami, who is also the festival director, says, “DIFF is a vision to bring the world together on a universal platform, far away from the lines of control and boundaries that mankind has created. Moreover, Delhi unfortunately doesn’t have its own international film festival, so we thought of coming up with one.”
Classical films from overseas and India will be showcased across 10 sections. This includes Delhi Scope section, the Retrospective, Tributes and the Homage section, that’ll include films of Dev Anand, Balraj Sahni and other legendary filmmakers and actors.
The World Cinema section will showcase films like Daughters of Hill by Patrizia Landi, The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, Jeremiah by Eran Paz, Love Bird by Susan Collins, The Sunshine in The Corner by Sun Hao Young, Mar by Caner Erzincan, among others. It will also include seminars and workshops.
The festival has a special section called NRI Cinema, under which 15 films by non-resident Indians
living in different parts of the world will be showcased. Another section is dedicated to the NRI writers. DIFF will also have an art exhibition in which artworks done by people across the world will be showcased.
The advisory board of the festival includes big names such as filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu Dhulia and actor Shiney Ahuja, among others. “With a festival like this, young filmmakers across the country will benefit a lot,” feels Dhulia. Ahuja says, “Film festivals are a great medium for aspiring filmmakers to come and showcase their talent. Eventually they get a lot of publicity without any extra expense. And, that publicity helps for the mainstream release in a big way.”
Organised by Social Circle, the festival has partnered with organisations such as Broadway International Film Festival, Los Angeles, South Cinema South Film Festival and JMT from Israel.