NOIDA: The second edition of the Cineaste International Film Festival of India – CIFFI 2020 was launched on September 16 via the Zoom application in the presence of the famous Bollywood filmmaker and actor, Tighmanshu Dhulia who is also the ambassador of CIFFI 2020. Prof. KG Suresh, Vice-Chancellor of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication in 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, says it’s a big company. “Students in India need this kind of exposure,” he said. Professor KG Suresh congratulated all stakeholders for their efforts. “The Internet has become a facilitator. Let’s be positive about everything, ”he said.
CIFFI 2020 is organized 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 organized in collaboration with DME and Deakin University in April 2019. CIFFI 2020 will take place from December 16 to 19, 2020 in hybrid mode.
Dr Ambrish Saxena, Festival Director, CIFFI 2020 and Dean, DME Media School, stressed the importance of working with Deakin University. He mentioned that CIFFI is a great prospect for filmmakers and moviegoers.
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Dr Vikrant Kishore, festival director, CIFFI 2020 and Course Director-Film, Television and Animation, School of Communications and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia expressed his joy at having a great connection with DME Media School and praised their initiatives.
Mr. Aman Sahni, Delhi Metropolitan Education Vice President and CIFFI-2020 Patron, officially unveiled the electronic film festival brochure.
CIFFI 2020 Advisory Board members Dr Sian Mitchell, Dr Simon Wilmot and Dr Martin Potter attended the event on behalf of Deakin University Melbourne. They expressed their joy at the launch of this mega film festival and hoped that it would open up avenues for filmmakers from both countries.
Teacher. Ujjwal K Chowdhury, member of CIFFI 2020 The Advisory Board and Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Media, Communication and Fashion at Adamas University, Kolkata, hailed the efforts of DME and Deakin University to create a meaningful festival even during this difficult time.
The other members of the Expert Advisory Board, CIFFI 2020, Dr Gauri D Chakraborty, Acting Co-Director, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Noida, Ms. Kajal Suri, Acclaimed Actress, Theater Artist and Broadcaster, New Delhi and Mr. Kanwar Deepak Gulati, Theater and Film Practitioner , writer, actor and director, New Delhi also graced the event with his short speech.
Dr Susmita Bala, associate director of the festival, CIFFI 2020 and Head, DME Media School, expressed their joy for hosting the mega event as a collaborative venture. Dr Ravikant Swami, Director, DME, expressed the hope that this year too the festival will be splendid and magnificent.
Previously, Ms. Manmeet Kaur, Co-Director of the Festival, gave the audience an overview of CIFFI 2020. She spoke about CIFFI’s journey from the first edition to the launch of the second edition. He informed that this year also, the festival will attend 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 the competitive and non-competitive categories. There are seven competitive categories which include shorts, fiction films, documentaries, commercials, musicals, animated films and COVID-19 lockdown newspapers.
Ms. Yashasvika Yadav, co-director of the festival, CIFFI 2020, was the host of the launch event. She concluded the session with a vote of thanks.
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