NOIDA: The second edition of the Cineaste International Film Festival of India – CIFFI 2020 was launched on September 16 via Zoom application in the presence of renowned Bollywood filmmaker and actor, Tighmanshu Dhulia who is also the ambassador of CIFFI 2020. Prof. KG Suresh, Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal and member of the expert advisory board of CIFFI 2020 also graced the event with his presence.
Mr Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ambassador of CIFFI 2020, said that it’s a great endeavour. “The students in India need this kind of exposure”, he said. Prof. KG Suresh congratulated all the stakeholders for their efforts. “Online has become a facilitator. Let’s be positive about everything”, he asserted.
CIFFI 2020 is being organised by DME Media School, Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, India in association with School of Communications and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The theme of CIFFI is ‘Cinema ‘n Covid-19 Impact’. The first edition of CIFFI was also organised in collaboration with DME and Deakin University in April 2019. CIFFI 2020 will take place on December 16-19, 2020 in a hybrid mode.
Dr Ambrish Saxena, Festival Director, CIFFI 2020 and Dean, DME Media School, underlined the significance of collaboration with Deakin University. He mentioned that CIFFI is a great prospect for filmmakers and film lovers.
Dr Vikrant Kishore, Festival Director, CIFFI 2020 and Course Director-Film, Television & Animation, School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia expressed his happiness to have a great connection with DME Media School and praised their initiatives.
Mr Aman Sahni, Vice Chairman Delhi Metropolitan Education and Patron, CIFFI-2020 officially unveiled the e-brochure of the film-festival.
Dr Sian Mitchell, Dr Simon Wilmot and Dr Martin Potter, members of CIFFI 2020 Advisory Board, attended the event on behalf of Deakin University, Melbourne. They expressed happiness over the launch of this mega film festival and hoped that it would unfold avenues for filmmakers of both the countries.
Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Member of CIFFI 2020 Advisory Board and Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean, School of Media, Communication and Fashion, Adamas University, Kolkata, lauded the efforts of both DME and Deakin University in creating a meaningful festival even during this difficult time.
Other members of the Expert Advisory Board, CIFFI 2020, Dr Gauri D Chakraborty, Joint Acting Head, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Noida, Ms Kajal Suri, acclaimed actor, theatre artist and broadcaster, New Delhi and Mr Kanwar Deepak Gulati, theatre and film practitioner, writer, actor and director, New Delhi also graced the event with their brief address.
Dr Susmita Bala, Festival Associate Director, CIFFI 2020 and Head, DME Media School, expressed her delight over organising the mega event as a collaborative venture. Dr Ravikant Swami, Director, DME, expressed hope that this year as well the festival will be splendid and magnificent.
Earlier, Ms Manmeet Kaur, Festival Joint Director, gave the audience an insight into CIFFI 2020. She talked about the journey of CIFFI from the first edition to the launch of the second edition. He informed that this year as well the festival will witness deliberations on relevant issues, workshops and master classes by eminent experts in addition to film screenings.
CIFFI 2020 will include the screening of films in competitive and non-competitive categories. There are seven competitive categories which include short films, fiction films, documentary, ad films, musicals, animation films and COVID-19 lockdown diaries.
Ms Yashasvika Yadav, Festival Co-Director, CIFFI 2020, was the host for the launch event. She concluded the session with a vote of thanks.