Noida: The third edition of Cineaste International Film Festival of India – CIFFI 2021 is all set to entertain cinephiles and screen 438 films selected from 3130 films submitted by filmmakers of 111 countries. The seven-day gala event which is the world’s first Hybrid International Film Festival by educational institutions of two countries is being organised by DME Media School of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, India in association with the School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia, on December 15- 21.
As many as 3130 film entries with a runtime of 748 hours were received from across the world in more than 40 different languages. These were previewed and judged in a two-fold screening process. In the first stage, 438 films with a runtime of 45 hours were selected for screening during the festival. In the second stage, a 4-member jury panel selected the award-winning films.
This time the festival will be larger than ever with such a huge number of films and participation of all the continents of the globe. These films are placed under seven competitive categories – Short films, Fiction films, Documentary, Ad films, Musicals, Animation films and COVID-19 lockdown diaries
In addition to film screening, CIFFI 2021 will have 21 sessions wherein more than 70 experts from the cinema world will deliberate on various aspects of cinema keeping in view the theme of the festival Cinematic Rejuvenation. All these sessions will be live-streamed on social media while the screening of films will be live streamed on another platform.
Dr Ambrish Saxena, Festival Director, CIFFI 2021 and Dean DME Media School, Noida, expressed the hope that “this year the festival will provide a broader canvass with inclusion of films from every nook and corner of the world”.
Dr Vikrant Kishore, Festival Director, CIFFI 2021 and Course Director, Film, Television and Animation, Deakin University, Melbourne, said that “this year our focus is on the stories of Australian-Indians in Australian films and the seven specialist panel discussions will see Australian-Indians sharing their thought on the challenges and opportunities in Australian media”.
Dr Susmita Bala, Festival Chief Associate Director, CIFFI 2021 and Head, DME Media School, mentioned about the active involvement of students in this film festival stating “students have been involved in shortlisting, screening, documenting and will shoulder the responsibility of the conduct of different sessions during the festival”.
CIFFI 2021 is supported by 13 partners including Cover Drive Productions, Vigyan Prasar, CMS Vatavaran, KidzCinema, CultureCinema, We Care and Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) as festival partners and Global Media Education Council (GMEC), Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA), Indian Academy of Shorts (IAS) and New Delhi Film Foundation (NDFF) as institutional partners. The Policy Times and APN News are the Media Partners for this mega film festival.