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Film Festivals in Delhi

Delhi is often chosen to host some prominent film festivals of the country. Recently, many initiatives have come up in Delhi itself to host its own film festival. Hence the capital city has turned a permanent host to the following film festivals, which are held with a lot of efforts to lay a platform to foster the industry in Delhi.

National Film awards

National Film awards are an equivalent of Oscar awards in India. The administration of the National Film Festival was formed in 1954, organized and executed by Directorate of Film Festivals. The winners are awarded under the categories viz. Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema. The winners of lifetime achievement award are honored with Dadasaheb Phalke award.  The national award film festival takes into account the films of different cultures and regions of the country and awards them for their excellence.  Every year the festival is celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. This auditorium is located at Maulana Azad Road, India Gate.   

Delhi International Film Festival

Delhi International Film Festival

Delhi International Film Festival is a grand showcase of world cinema in Delhi. This event is first ever festival hosted by the city.  The first edition of this festival was organized from September 19 to 25, 2011 by Taj Enlighten Film Society. In first year 34 cinemas were played in a week’s time. The first event of the festival was held in college auditoriums of Delhi, targeting the college students as audience. The first edition of the festival aimed at acquiring a cornerstone and acknowledgement for the event.  This year the festival is planned from 21st Dec to 27th December at NDMC convention, Cannaught Place. The objective this time in festival is to allow cultural exchange through films and to improve contacts between industry professionals. 

Delhi Short International Film Festival

Amongst the popularity of commercial cinema in our country, Delhi Shorts International Film Festival
promotes short films and documentaries from across the globe. The effort was initiated in the year 2012. This year the festival is scheduled on 12 October. DSIFF is organized by ‘Miniboxoffice’, an important short films marketing, promotion and distribution company. The efforts are diverted towards marketing short films.

OSIAN Cine Film Festival in DelhiOsian's – Cinefan Film Festival

Osian's-Cinefan Film Festival was founded in 1999 and is the most awaited festivals in India. Asia’s finest cinema is brought to Delhi by way of this festival that promotes Asian and Arab cinema. The festival highlights, brings and creates a hub for the aesthetic, bold and fearless cinema. Last year the festival took place in July at Siri Fort Auditorium. Cinefan was started by Aruna Vasudev and but in 2008, Neville Tully’s Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art Private Limited took over. The last edition of the festival was held in Delhi in the year 2012. The festival screened over 175 films from 38 countries. This year the festival revived after a gap of 2 years.

Twilight Film Festival

This film festival is an initiative by Twilight Film Club meant exclusively for promoting short films. It provides platform to students to present their talent by way of competition. The competition is judged by film critics, academicians, and filmmakers.The winners of Twilight film Festival, often manage to bag international acclaims and awards.

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