Glimpses from CIFFI 2019

Special Attractions

  • Cash Prizes up to INR 100000
  • Partnership with an Australian University
  • Screening of foreign and national films
  • Competitive and Non-Competitive Films
  • Prominent filmmakers as jury of the festival
  • Master classes by the very best professionals in Films
  • Film deliberation and discussion Sessions
  • Panel Discussions comprising of filmmakers, experts and critics
  • Curated Segments of feature films
  • Workshops on various aspects of filmmaking
  • Special sessions on Research in Cinema Studies

Rolling the highlights - CIFFI 2020


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Covid 19 Lockdown Diary





Entry Snippets

Nawal the Jwel - Snippet of film to be screened in #CIFFI2019 #internationalfilmfestival #dme #noida 17th - 20th April#filmfestival #FilmMaking #filmfest #filmawards #filmmakers #studentfilmmaker #indifilmmakers #indefilm #indiefilmmaker #indiefilmmakers #noidagram #shortfilmfestival #filmfestival2019 #filmfestivalsubmission #filmfestivalsubmissions #filmfestivallife #moviemaker #moviemakers #movieproduction #independentfilmmaking #independentfilms #studentfilmmaking #studentfilmfestival #StudentFilmMakers #IndependentFilmMakers

Posted by CIFFI on Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Talkh - Snippets of film that would be screened in #CIFFI2019 #internationalfilmfestival #dme #noida

Posted by CIFFI on Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Yes!! it's #TigmanshuDhulia the chief guest of #CIFFI2019 . So make sure to catch up with him on 20th of April#milantalkies #internationalfilmfestival #filmawards #filmfestivallife

Posted by CIFFI on Friday, 12 April 2019

Fish and i screening at #CIFFI2019 #internationalfilmfestival #dme #noida 17th - 20th April#filmfestival #FilmMaking #filmfest #filmawards #filmmakers #studentfilmmaker #indifilmmakers #indefilm #indiefilmmaker #indiefilmmakers #noidagram #shortfilmfestival #filmfestival2019 #filmfestivalsubmission #filmfestivalsubmissions #filmfestivallife #moviemaker #moviemakers #movieproduction #independentfilmmaking #independentfilms #studentfilmmaking #studentfilmfestival #StudentFilmMakers #IndependentFilmMakers

Posted by CIFFI on Friday, 12 April 2019

Heavy Haulage Girls - screening at #CIFFI2019 #internationalfilmfestival #dme #noida 17th - 20th April#filmfestival #FilmMaking #filmfest #filmawards #filmmakers #studentfilmmaker #indifilmmakers #indefilm #indiefilmmaker #indiefilmmakers #noidagram #shortfilmfestival #filmfestival2019 #filmfestivalsubmission #filmfestivalsubmissions #filmfestivallife #moviemaker #moviemakers #movieproduction #independentfilmmaking #independentfilms #studentfilmmaking #studentfilmfestival #StudentFilmMakers #IndependentFilmMakers

Posted by CIFFI on Friday, 12 April 2019

CIFFI 2021

Cinema is considered as one of the most powerful mediums, with its accessibility and strength of communication. But the accessibility of cinema has to be mirrored by representation of a multitude of voices.
Art may be a mirror, a pioneer, a kaleidoscope of voices and numerous other elements the creator intends to be. But art and the artist are part of the world they seek to speak about or speak to.

The bridges between these voices and perspectives and the mainstream viewer and market are Film Festivals!
They encourage and engage with diversity of art and representation. They foster critical thinking with respect to stories, art, social issues, politics and seek out better representations of the world and it’s travails.

We welcome you to CIFFI 2021- Cineaste International Film Festival of India.

Launched in 2019, CIFFI is a pioneering voice in the international film festival circuit.
In addition to film screenings from around the world, CIFFI 2019 saw a hitherto unseen level of Deliberation and Discussion on cinema with filmmakers, cinema academics and artists. A tradition continued by CIFFI 2020. Pandemic hit
CIFFI 2020 was the world’s first 10 day Digital Live Film festival by educational institutions!

Academic pursuits seek to challenge and broaden every known horizon of knowledge and perspective. This perspective leads CIFFI 2021 and is the Uniqueness of the festival.

In the age of OTT platforms and omnipresence of digital media, we seek to take not just watch films, but to broaden the horizons of Films and Stories! Stay tuned for various screening sessions, workshops and Master classes by eminent experts.
CIFFI is open to college students and independent filmmakers from across the globe

Competitive Films: 7 categories 

Short Films
[up to 5 minutes]
[5 to 20 minutes]
Fiction Films
[5 to 20 minutes]
Animation Films
[up to 10 minutes]
Ad Films
[up to 3 minutes]
[up to 5 minutes]
Covid-19 Lockdown Diaries
[up to 10 minutes]


Dr. Vikrant Kishore, Course Director – Film, Television & Animation and Senior Lecturer in Screen and Design at the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. An alumnus of prestigious institutes like RMIT University—Melbourne, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre—Jamia MilliaIslamia and St. Stephens College—Delhi University, India, Dr. Vikrant Kishore is an Academician, Filmmaker, Journalist, and a Photographer. He has been associated as a Lecturer, Filmmaker, Photographer, News Correspondent and Media Consultant with various institutes and organizations like Channel 7, Deakin University-Australia, December Films, ABC Channel (Australia), Channel 31, Delhi University, ZEE TV, ZEE NEWS, BRAMWEL-DRACHE, Delhi Press, Heuschen&Schrouff (Netherlands) and Imaginations Ink (USA). Dr. Kishore is a member of international professional and cultural bodies like Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR, India), International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO), Consultancy Development Centre (CDC-INDIA), and ANCT-France. Dr. Kishore has more than 25 documentaries, and corporate films to his credit, and his area of expertise are Bollywood Films, the folk and tribal culture of Eastern India, as well as the issues of caste politics in India. His documentaries on ‘Chhau Dance’ have been screened in various international film festivals.

Mr Simon Wilmot, Associate Head of School (International and Partnerships), School of Communication and Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne. Simon teaches film production and is the Course Co-ordinator of the Masters of Digital Film. He also runs international study experiences for film students such as study tours to India and the USA and opportunities for students to make films in international contexts. He is currently interested in making films about processes of memory and imagination in the construction of identity and a sense of belonging. From 2003 to 2005 he produced, filmed and edited a documentary feature, ‘Kotla Walks, performing locality.’ The film engages with metropolitan meanings in India through wandering the streets, footpaths, courtyards, bedrooms and sitting rooms of the urban village of KotlaMubarakpur. Simon teaches film production and is the Course Co-ordinator of the Masters of Digital Film. He also runs international study experiences for film students such as study tours to India and the USA and opportunities for students to make films in international contexts.

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Pro Vice Chancellor of Adamas University, Kolkata. As a happy resident of Greenwood Sonata, he loves to travel and meet people who sadly have taken a beating in these pandemic times. His hobbies are reading, writing, ideating and public speaking. He writes in several newspapers and portals and appears in TV and webinar debates and discussions. Currently he is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Adamas University in Kolkata. Earlier he has worked as the media Dean of Symbiosis and Amity universities, Pearl Academy and Whistling Woods institutes. Prof. Chowdhury is involved in making documentaries on socially relevant issues. He has made awarded documentaries for WHO and The Nippon Foundation.

Dr Gauri D. Chakravorty Joint Acting Head, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Noida, An alumnus of FTII. She graduated from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and has been a part of the Audio-Video Industry since 1995. With the distinction of being awarded ‘Dada Saheb Phalke’ Memorial Student Award along with a scholarship at FTII, she has worked with prestigious institutions like BBC WST & DD Metro. She was the Associate Producer for the award winning film ‘Sheep Thief’ (1997). At present, Gauri heads the Amity School of Communication in Noida. She has been a media educator for the last 13 years and her research interests are Feminist film theory, spectatorship studies and female auteurs. Trained in ‘Kathak – Indian Classical Dance’ by world renowned maestro, Guru Jitendra Maharaj, Gauri founded the social movement Vansh Vyom which relooks at traditional arts from the point of view of matriarchal inheritance. In 2018, she was awarded Womennovator 100 Women Faces. She has been the Festival Director of the 15th edition of the IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival 2019.

Mr Kanwar Deepak Gulati, a renowned theatre and film practitioner is one of the pioneers of the Street Theatre Movement in India. A member of the Film Writers Association, Mr. Gulati is a writer, actor and director of many fictional and non-fictional short films, serials and Ad films.  He has produced more than 200 documentaries, Ad films, corporate films and training films and around 6,000 radio programs in different languages. During COVID-19 lockdown, Mr Gulati wrote and directed 8 short films which are available on YouTube.

Kajal Suri, acclaimed actor, theatre artist and broadcaster. She is a recipient of Best Actress award 7 times from the Government of Jammu And Kashmir. She is a recipient of Sur Aradhana Award for her contribution in the field of art and culture. She is also a recipient of Akashwani Annual Award for her production. She has received 10th National Women Excellence Award in 2017. She has participated in many theatre festivals as director and actress across the country. She has produced, written, directed and acted in 400+ TV Serials, TV Plays, tele-films and documentaries for Doordarshan.




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Registration fees for submission of films
  • Registration [Regular Submission]: October 31, 2021 – INR 500/- OR 7 US dollars
  • Registration [Late Submission]: November  31, 2021  – INR 500/- OR 7 US dollars
Mode of Payment

For online transfer through NEFT/RTGS/PayPal/Paytm:

Delhi Metropolitan Education
Bank: HDFC Bank Ltd.
Branch: Sector 18, Noida
Account Number: 50100187447560
IFSC Code: HDFC0001592

For Demand Draft:

Delhi Metropolitan Education, Payable at Noida

Directorate of Festival

Chief Patron
Mr Vipin Sahni
Chairman, DME
Ms Kiran Sahni
Chairperson, DME
Mr Aman Sahni
Vice Chairman, DME
Institutional Advisory Board – CIFFI
Hon’ble Justice Bhanwar Singh
(Former Judge, Allahabad High Court)

Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, Delhi NCR, India
Dr Ravikant Swami
Delhi Metropolitan Education
Noida, Delhi NCR, India
Festival Director
Prof. (Dr) Ambrish Saxena
Professor and Dean, DME Media School

Director, DME Studios and Production
Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida New Delhi NCR, India
Dr Vikrant Kishore
Course Director – Film, Television & Animation
School of Communication and Creative Arts
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Festival Associate Director
Prof. (Dr) Susmita Bala
Professor and Head, DME Media School

Delhi Metropolitan Education
Festival Associate Director
Ms Manmeet Kaur
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Mr Sumantra Sarathi Das
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Festival Joint Director
Dr Manaswi Maheshwari
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Festival Co-directors
Mr Mohit Kishore Vatsa
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Mr Sachin Nair
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Festival Deputy Director
Mr Sachin Nair
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Ms Kritika Sati
Assistant Professor, DME Media School
Festival Organising Commitee
Ms Krishna Pandey
Ms Sruthi VS
Ms Sukriti Arora
Mr Yogesh Sharma
Ms Mudita Raj
Mr Pramod Kumar Pandey
Ms Sanchita Chakraborty
Mr Mohd Kamil
Dr Tinam Borah
Expert Advisory Board – CIFFI
Prof. K G Suresh
Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal

Former DG, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi
Ex-Jury Member, National Film Awards & Indian Panorama &
Ex-Member, FTII Governing Council & SRFTI Society, Kolkata
Prof. Ujjwal Chowdhury
Pro Vice Chancellor

Dean, School of Media, Communication & Fashion
Adamas University, Kolkata
Documentary Filmmaker with Awarded documentaries for WHO and
The Nippon Foundation
Dr Sanjay Ranade
Head of Research Centre, Department of Communication and Journalism

University of Mumbai
An eminent scholar in Film Studies
Dr Gauri D Chakraborty
Joint Acting Head, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Noida
Practicing Filmmaker, Artist and Curator
Festival Director, 15th IAWRT – Asian Women’s Film Festival 2019
Mr Kanwar Deepak Gulati
Theatre and Film Practitioner, Writer, Actor and Director, New Delhi

200+ documentaries, Ad Films, Corporate Films and Serials
Mr Praveen Nagda
Festival Director, CultureCinema 2021 and KidzCinema 2020 Founder & CEO, Peregrine Public Relations Pvt. Ltd. and White Coffee Event Management Pvt. Ltd.

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Delhi Metropolitan Education

Delhi Metropolitan Education is an ‘A’ grade premier educational institute affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi and approved by Bar Council of India. The institute offers state of the art physical and academic infrastructure to provide a dynamic and clinical grounding for success. The Institute offers BBA, BALLB & BBALLB (with BCI approval) and BA (JMC) programmes.

The institute is located in Sector-62, NOIDA, adjacent to NH-24 at 5-7 min driving distance from Delhi border and in proximity of NOIDA, NOIDA Extension, Vaishali, Indirapuram, Mayur Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Kaushambi, Crossing Republic, Ghaziabad etc. The state of the art campus has a regal British styled building with many modern facilities including the impressive Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Library, exquisite audio and video studios, a moot court, a legal aid centre, computer labs, conference rooms, cafeteria etc.

It is promoted by the founders of Mayoor School, Noida (in collaboration with GC MAYO College, Ajmer) and Delhi Public World School, Noida Extension. Delhi Technical Campus is the technical education arm of the institute, running AICTE and COA approved technical education programs viz., B.Tech., B. Arch. and MBA.

Deakin University

Deakin University is a public university in Victoria, Australia. Established in 1974 with the passage of the Deakin University Act 1974, the university was named after the second Prime Minister of Australia, Alfred Deakin. Its main campuses are in Melbourne’s Burwood suburb, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool, as well as the online Cloud Campus. Deakin also has learning centres in Dandenong, Craigieburn and Werribee, all in the state of Victoria. Deakin is one of Australia’s fastest growing research universities. Around 89% of Deakin’s research is rated at or above world class. Its combined research funding increased from A$4.5 million in 1997 to A$47.2 million in 2015. The University has four research institutes. Along with them, there are 13 strategic research courses. They are ranked 5 stars for world-class facilities, research and teaching, as well as employability, innovation and inclusiveness.

The University collaborates with other education providers, industry, governments, communities and professional associations across Australia and internationally. Through its key divisional areas, the Global Engagement portfolio supports and promotes Deakin to local and international future students, partners, communities and visitors.

Deakin fosters an environment in which teaching and research excellence is recognised and celebrated. We regularly do well in the Australian Awards for University Teaching, and our researchers are recognised nationally and internationally for their innovative work.

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