Movies have always been the kind of art that transcends the boundaries of countries, age, and notions, and film festivals are a crucial link in that chain of the global film culture. After all, a good movie is like an art piece that touches your heart and stays etched in your mind, and language is never a barrier to that. With film festivals, audiences get to look at the world of cinema beyond their country. Thus, it helps them in understanding the culture, ideas, and philosophy of not just the director, but also the country from where he hails. And, with all these ideas in mind, the 8th Delhi International Film Festival is here for another year.
A brief introduction to Delhi International Film Festival
The Delhi International Film Festival came into existence from the year 2012. Its organizers include Information & Broadcasting Ministry (Films Division), New Delhi Municipal Council, and Government of Delhi, with the Culture and Tourism Ministries being its associate partners.
At the beginning, the Chairman for the festival was Sri Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the renowned director who is also the winner of the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award. It started off with the participation of more than fifty countries and nearly hundred cinemas were shown. This International Film Festival of India has gone from strength to strength since then, and those numbers have steadily increased.
DIFF is aimed at developing an understanding of the art, science, and emotion behind cinema. It wants to reach out to a wider audience, as well as promote Indian cinema and culture. The Festival provides a premier opportunity for the artists and film makers to showcase their work, celebrate world cinema, and felicitate the achievers and masters from different walks of life. The goal is to bring the countries closer and using cinema as the bridge for cross cultural exchanges and social understanding.
Important details for the 8th Delhi International Film Festival
After the huge success of the previous edition that had 194 movies from at least 56 countries being screened, the 8th Delhi International Film Festival is here again to entice audiences. The festival will go on from 21st March to 26th March this year, and both directors and movie buffs are excited about what’s in store for them.
Just like the previous edition, there will be a number of great international films on offer for the viewers at Delhi International Film Festival 2020. The films submitted to the DIFF has to be in the original language and have English subtitles. The Delhi film society does not accept films that come without any subtitles or synopsis. So, there is nothing to worry if you don’t understand the language, you can still love the film. After all, the bounds of communication cannot restrict an art form.
There will be a number of awards and prizes in store for the directors and their films at this International Film Festival of India. The awards have been segmented into several categories, namely, world cinema, Arab cinema, Indian showcase, NRI cinema, and cinema across the border. The awards to be given in each category include best film, best short film, best director, best actor/actress (for both film and short film), best animation film, best documentary, best student film and best green film.
The last two awards are not there for the NRI cinema category. The final three award categories in Delhi International Film Festival 2020 are Critic’s Choice Award, Audience Choice Awards (for all categories), and Artist of the Year Award.
The rules and regulations for taking part in DIFF
The entry fees for feature and short films have been set as INR 4000 and INR 2000, respectively. The student films will require paying INR 1500 for their entry. The films that are submitted after the deadline will have to pay double this amount. The Delhi film society made it mandatory to not submit films except subtitles, if they are not in English.
The films should not come with logos or watermarks, and the authorities accept only full length films for the selection process and not promos or trailers.