Delhi deserves more film fests

With meticulously designed sections like ‘Across the Border’ featuring SAARC nations and ‘World Cinema’ which screens films from Western countries, Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) has been screening popular global films for the past four years.

As the curtains came down on the fourth edition recently, Chairman of the media and entertainment committee of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mukesh Gupta spoke to Metrolife about the need to have more film festivals of international repute in the capital.

“There have been so many artistes from Delhi over the years and the city has an engaging film-related scene, but nobody has paid as much attention to Delhi as it deserves. We need more film festivals,” says Gupta who was present at the felicitation ceremony of DIFF. “While Mumbai and Bollywood actors are the most talked about because of their immense popularity, these actors and films have a global reach with some exceptional storylines and acting. That is why, I believe there is a need to have a Delhi specific film festival on a large and prominent scale,” he adds.

At the ceremony, filmmakers like Svetlana Roshchenko (Russia), Zaklina Ostir (Kosovo), Devinda Devanjan Kongahage (Sri Lanka), Sandra Kawar (Jordon), Khalid Md Mitthu (Bangladesh) and Major Mohommed Ali Shah (India) were felicitated.

While 210 national and international films from 70 countries were showcased, 50 NRI and Indian poets also participated in the festival.

Seminars and workshops were organised on ‘film market’, ‘animation films’ and
‘Indian market’ during the festival.

“With every passing year we have seen the number of foreign participants grow. This year over 1,50,000 visitors and 70 nations participated in the festival. Such events not only help promote Indian film industry which has a global audience, but also helps in promoting filmmaking in India,” said Gupta who takes up issues concerning media and entertainment industries with the government.

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