The Capital will host the Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF 2014) from December 20-27. DIFF 2014 has been planned as an eight Day event and will showcase 250 films from more than 45 nations. It is an initiative by ‘The Social Circle, A Society for Cause and - A step toward inclusiveness’ to showcase the best of Cinema, Art and Literature from across the globe.
Started in the year 2012, the advisory board for this festival is headed by ‘Dada Sahab Phalke’ awardee Adoor Gopal Krishnan. Working closely with him are some of the greats of Indian Cinema namely National award winning director Tigmanshu Dhulia, Anurag Kashyap, Anooj Kapoor, Mohan Agashe, Manoj Bajpai, Shriram Raghwan, N. Chandra, Sandeep Marwah, Shailesh Loadha, , Arvind Gaur with Jamal Shah and Satish Anand from Pakistan.
Awards will be given in various competitive categories with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ being presented to Subhash Ghai, ‘Special Honour Award’ to veteran actor Biswajeet and a special award called ‘Minar-e-Dilli’ which will be conferred to Olympic Medallist, Sushil Kumar.
The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mahesh Sharma will be inaugurating the festival on the December 20 with Satish Upadhyay, President Delhi BJP as the Guest of Honour.
The Closing Ceremony of the festival will be graced by the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with R.P. Singh, National Secretary, BJP India. Khushi Ram, Mayor, South Delhi and National award winning filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia as the Guests of Honour.
The eight day festival will begin on the December 20 with Ilan Yagoda’s Israeli film The Neighbourhood and a short Greek film The Sun and The Wind directed by Thansis Neophotolistos.
Critically acclaimed film, Zinda Bhaag from Pakistan starring Naseeruddin Shah and directed by Meenu Gaur will be the closing film for this edition of the festival. In its third edition the festival has received some of the finest films from the neighbouring countries for its ‘Cinema across the Border’ section. Infinite Justice directed by Pakistani filmmaker Jamil Dehlavi, Bangladesh’s Oscar nominated film Glow of the Firefly directed by Khalid Mahmood Mithu and Nepalese film Talakgunj vs Tulke are the major highlights of this section.
The festival will see the participation of more than 45 countries with films from as far as Uruguay and Lithuania also part of the world section. Major attractions in this section will be The Amateurs from Russia, Spain’s A Esmorge , Iraq’s Lost in the Dust , Mexico’s Pork Chops, Nepal’s Bal Krishan Sama, Canada’s If You Love Your Children , China’s Back to 1942 and Turkish film Spring is Rebellious.
The festival will also be screening 22 films in the NRI section with major attraction being a film on homosexuality, Confused @16 starring southern star Sidhartha.
Through the course of its eight days, the festival will have films on social issues, book launches, and workshops on wildlife photography and animation and special Seminar to promote Delhi as Film City.
The festival will have a film Rainbows are Real and a seminar on transgender and cinema on December 21 with more than 300 people from this community taking part in it. The event will be followed by another film, Goonga Pehalwan and a seminar on Wrestling and cinema with Sushil Kumar as the guest. The festival also plans to have a three day art camp from December 21 with more than 30 artists from India and abroad and an International Kavi Sammelan on the December 25.