CIFFI Screen 1

CIFFI Screen 2

Special Attractions

  • Cash Prizes up to INR 10000
  • 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


CIFFI 2022 - Dr Ambrish Saxena, Festival Director CIFFI

Glimpses from CIFFI 2022



Jury Screening : CIFFI 2021

CIFFI 2023/24

CIFFI is the International Film Festival of India being organized by Delhi Metropolitan Education–DME ( of India in association with Deakin University ( of Australia from 2019. This year, Nottingham University China campus has also become our valued partner. DME is a premier educational institute located in Noida in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India and affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi.Deakin University is one of the biggest public universities of Australia located in Melbourne. The University of Nottingham is a public research university in the UK with campuses in Malaysia and China.

The first edition of CIFFI was held on April 17-20, 2019, in DME campus while Deakin University authorities and Australian filmmakers joined both in online and offline mode. The second Edition of CIFFI was organised in hybrid mode on the central theme ‘Cinema and Covid-19 Impact’ on December 15-21, 2020. experience for all. Special Attraction Cash Prizes up to INR 100000 Partnership with an Australian University Screening of foreign and national films The third edition of CIFFI was ‘Cinema Rejuvenation’ with hashtag cinema 2021 conducted from December 15 to 21, 2021 in hybrid mode. The fourth edition of CIFFI, again in a blended format, repeated the same dates with ‘Cinema for Togetherness’ as theme and #millennialmovies hashtag.

CIFFI 2023 is coming up with new zeal, being organized consecutively for the fourth time in hybrid mode with mesmerising blending. This is the fifth edition of Cineaste international film festival of India – CIFFI. A filmmaker debutant or celebrated has a responsibility to contribute to inclusivity in society, that is why ‘Cinema for Inclusion’ is the theme of CIFFI 2023. This year, we all will celebrate diversity in films with #celebratingdiversity. In CIFFI 2023, we seek a change in the experience of watching films while expecting the horizon of films to broaden and expand. In CIFFI 2022, we tried to infuse the spirit of togetherness. With all collaborations intact in the fifth edition of the film festival in 2023, we are looking forward to making it an enriching experience for all.

Competitive Films: 7 categories 

Short Film
[up to 5 minutes]
Ad Film
[up to 5 minutes]
School Student Film
[5 to 20 minutes]
Fiction Film
[5 to 20 minutes]
[up to 5 minutes]
Resilient Film
[5 to 20 minutes]
[5 to 20 minutes]
Animation Film
[up to 10 minutes]


Institutional Partners

Partners from Australia 

Media Partners

CIFFI 2023/24: Festival Directorate

Chief Patrons

Mr Vipin Sahni

Ms Kiran Sahni


Mr Aman Sahni

Chief Advisor

Hon’ble Justice Bhanwar Singh
(Former Judge, Allahabad High Court)
Director General, Delhi Metropolitan Education


Dr Ravikant Swami
Director, Delhi Metropolitan Education

Festival Director

Dr Ambrish Saxena
Professor and Dean, DME Media School,
DME Studios and Production
Delhi Metropolitan Education, India

Dr Vikrant Kishore
Associate Professor & Directior,
PG Research School Of International Communications,
University of Nottingham, China

Festival Chief Associate Director

Dr Susmita Bala
Professor and Head, DME Media School

Festival Associate Director

Mr Vishal Sahai
Associate Professor, Delhi Metropolitian Education
DME Media School

Dr Manasvi Maheshwari
Associate Professor, Media School Secretary, IQAC,
Delhi Metropolitan Education

Festival Additional Director

Dr Yamini Khullar
Associate Professor
DME Media School

Prof. Ashish Chatterjee
Professor of Practice
DME Media School

Mr Madhav Sharma
Assistant Professor
DME Media School

Festival Joint Director

Ms Ritika Bora

Ms Garima Jain Chatterjee

Mr Yogesh Sharma

Festival Co-Director

Dr Iram Rizvi

Dr Shefalli Chhiber

Ayush Bhardwaj

Festival Deputy Director

Ms Paranjaya Mehra

Mr Aryan Singh

CIFFI Advisory Board 2023

Prof. K G Suresh
Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal
Ex-Jury Member, National Film Awards & Indian Panorama,
Ex-Member, FTII Governing Council & SRFTI Society, Kolkata

Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Former Advisor and Professor, Daffodil International University, Dhaka
Documentary Filmmaker with Awarded documentaries for WHO,
The Nippon Foundation

Dr Sanjay Ranade
Professor and Head of Research Centre, Department of Communication and Journalism
University of Mumbai
An eminent scholar in Film Studies

Dr Gauri D Chakraborty
Professor, Times School of Media, Bennett University, Greater Noida
Festival Director, 15th IAWRT – Asian Women’s Film Festival 2019
Panel Curator, CIFFI 2019, CIFFI 2020 and CIFFI 2021

Mr Kanwar Deepak Gulati
Theatre and Film Practitioner based in New Delhi
Writer, Actor and Director with more than 200 films of various genres

Mr Aditya Seth
Award winning Filmmaker, Academic Consultant for University of South Wales, UK
Founder and Course Director, Indian Academy of Shorts (IAS)
Former President, Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA)

Mr Praveen Nagda
Festival Director, KidzCINEMA International Film Festival
Festival Director, CultureCinema Film Festival (C2F2)

CCIFFI Advisory Board (International)

Dr Sean Redmond
Professor of Screen and Design
School of Communication and Creative Arts,
Faculty of Arts & Education Head, Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network,
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Festival Director, Melbourne Women’s Film Festival

Dr Victoria Duckett
Associate Professor & Associate Head of School International and Engagement
School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne,Australia

Dr Filippo Gilardi
Associate Professor of Creative Industries and Transmedia
Head of School of International Communications
University of Nottingham’s China campus

Dr Levi Dean
Teaching Fellow in Communications and Cultural Studies,
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Dr Zhaoyu Zhu
Teaching Fellow in Communication and Cultural Studies
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

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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.

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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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