Witness the ‘7th Delhi International Film Festival 2018’ in association with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)
7th Delhi International Film Festival 2018, an initiative by The Social Circle, is all set to offer Delhiites a visual treat of Avante Garde films, art, and literature, during the 5 day festival, to be held from 14th to 18th October, at NDMC Convention Centre and Central Park, Connaught Place, New Delhi, in association with NDMC and Information & Broadcasting Ministry. Tourism and Culture Ministries are Associate Partners.
The 7th Delhi International Film Festival will be formally inaugurated by a host of Celebrities, Diplomats, Political Personalities, amidst packed audiences on the 14th of October at NDMC Convention Central, Connaught Place, where Opening film WHISPERING SANDS, Directed by Nacer Khemir from Tunisia will be screened outdoors, on a giant screen installed in the park – a unique feature of DIFF. On the Closing and Award Ceremony on 18th October, the film SUSAH SINYAL, Directed by Ernest Prakasa from Indonesia is the Closing film, also screened at NDMC Convention Centre, Sansad Marg, and Connaught Place, New Delhi.
The opening ceremony was quite a global event in terms of the guests, ambassadors and high commissioners from the special partner countries. The dignitaries from Tunisia, Indonesia, Australia, Jordan, Vietnam, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, and Syria were honored with mementos of gratitude and love. The dignitaries lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the festival and unveiled the catalog as well. It was the first time that a representative from Pakistan attended the festival and our founder Ram Kishore Parcha rightly pointed out that relations stay intact through cinema regardless of the diplomatic differences. This was followed by the national anthems of India and Tunisia. Then speeches from ambassadors and high commissioners, H.E M Neijmeddine Lakhal (Ambassador of Tunisia), H.E Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro (Ambassador of Indonesia), Ms. Harinder Sidhu (High Commissioner of Australia), Santiago Ruy Sanchez (Cultural Counselor of Mexico). The deputy high commissioner of Syria to India, H.E Al Basheer. Mr. Jyoti Kalash, the Principal Commissioner of Nagaland was specially honored by the festival organizers. The official promos and teaser were launched, depicting the diverse journey through which the festival would take its participants through. The event was attended by the Jury members and representatives from various news channels as well. The ceremony ended with the screening of the Tunisian film, The Sand Whispers-Whispering Sands.
This year, Indonesia and Tunisia are Special Country Partners, Australia, Mexico and Syria are Country Partners, Uttar Pradesh – Film Bandhu and Jharkhand as State Partners. Delhi International Film Festival also has collaborations with film festivals in Morocco, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Ukraine, and the USA. More than 75 Countries have sent their best films to be showcased at Delhi International Film Festival. Out of hundreds of entries received, a sum total of 194 films from 57 countries have been chosen to be screened during the 5-day festival. This year’s festival has been dedicated to Children, Women and the Transgender community of the world. Films have been carefully chosen to not only entertain but also to bring to focus the importance of Children’s, Women’s and Transgender’s issues, rights, struggles, strengths, and weaknesses.
A special attraction this year is the Syrian Day on 15th, Mexican Films Day on 16th and Australian Films Day on 17th, which will showcase films from these countries on the respective days, in presence of the Ambassadors and other Diplomats and guests from both countries. Delhi International Film Festival has received many films from the North Eastern States of India and Arab Countries, this year being the third and final year of focus. Look out for a wide variety of films of all genres and for all age groups.
The 7th DIFF ART SHOW, to be inaugurated on the 16th of October, will showcase close to 100 artworks created by well-known artists from across India and other countries. Art camps, press meets, book launches are going to be a part of this glorious event.