The recently concluded 5th Delhi International Film Festival 2016 , a seven day event, was a visual extravaganza with 200 films from all over the world being showcased. Arab Cinema was the focus and Canada, the Country Partner. Films from the North Eastern States of India were also especially focused upon. Veteran Film Director – MANI RATHNAM received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Minar E Dilli was conferred upon MS. KSENIYA RYABINSKINA, the Russian Actress of Mera Naam Joker fame. Special Honour Awards were given away to Popular EMINENT DIRECTOR SUDHIR MISHRA, Actor RAVI KISHAN, YASHPAL SHARMA, PRAVEEN DABBAS, RITUPARNA SEN GUPTA and National Award winning Editor SREEKAR PRASAD.

What was started in 2012, to celebrate a hundred years of Delhi and Indian Cinema, has today completed 5 editions. The film festival which strived hard to bring the film industry to Delhi has been working tirelessly to involve noted personalities, film makers and other achievers from all fields in the film festival, to promote Indian Cinema, Art and Culture all over the world. Every year, Ambassadors and Dignitaries from various Countries participate in the festival and many countries like Israel, Canada, Srilanka, Russia etc have been partners. Also, DIFF aspires to collaborate with film festivals abroad in countries like Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Afghanistan, Srilanka and so on. This is also probably the only film festival which promotes and showcases not only cinema, but also Art and Literature from across the globe.

Our esteemed partners are the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, Film Bandhu – Uttar Pradesh Government, Assam Government, Uttrakhand, Canada Embassy, US Embassy, Graphis ads, New Castle International film festival/England,Iraq Embassy, Serbia Embassy, Algeria Embassy, Palestine Embassy, Tunisia Embassy Syria Embaasy, Marwah Studios and ICMEI.

4th Edition was inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, Shri Kapil Mishra along with Jacqueline Fernandez, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sudhir Mishra, in presence of a huge audience. Ketan Mehta receiving the Lifetime Achievement award and the Sri Lankan President, Sri Maithripala Sirisena received the Minar E Dilli Award.

In Earlier editions, the Life time Achievement Awards have been conferred upon Sh. Subhash Ghai, Mr. Shatrughan Sinha and Ms. Sharmila Tagore. The Minar E Dilli Award has been bestowed upon Olympic Medallist, Sushil Kumar, Veteran Actress Zohra Sehgal. Stalwarts in their respective fields, Sh. Muzaffar Ali, Sh.Sandeep Marwah, Sh. Aravind Gaur have been recipients of the DIFF Special Honour Awards.

Awards & Prizes

Best Film, World Cinema
Best Director World Cinema
Best Short Film World Cinema
Best Actor World Cinema
Best Actor,Short Film World Cinema
Best Actress,Short Film World Cinema
Best Director,Short Film World Cinema
Best Documentary, World Cinema
Best Animation film, World Cinema

Best Film, Arab Cinema
Best Director Arab Cinema
Best Short Film Arab Cinema
Best Actor Arab Cinema
Best Actor,Short Film Arab Cinema
Best Actress,Short Film Arab Cinema
Best Director,Short Film Arab Cinema
Best Documentary, Arab Cinema
Best Animation film, Arab Cinema

Best Film,Indian Showcase
Best Director Indian Showcase
Best Actress Indian Showcase
Best Actor Indian Showcase
Best Short Film Indian Showcase
Best Director Indian Showcase Short Film
Best Actress Indian Showcase Short Film
Best Actor Indian Showcase Short Film
Best Animation film, Indian Showcase
Best Film,Indian Showcase
Best Director Indian Showcase
Best Actress Indian Showcase
Best Actor Indian Showcase
Best Short Film Indian Showcase
Best Director Indian Showcase Short Film
Best Actress Indian Showcase Short Film
Best Actor Indian Showcase Short Film
Best Animation film, Indian Showcase

Best Film,NRI
Best Director, NRI
Best Actor, NRI
Best Actress, NRI
Best Animation film, NRI

Audience Choice Award Cinema across the Border

Critic Choice Award for all Sections

Best Green Film Indian Showcase
Best Green Film Cinema across the Border
Best Green Film World Cinema

Best Student Film Indian Showcase
Best Student Film Cinema across the Border
Best Student Film World Cinema

Artist Of The Year, NRI
Artist Of The Year, India
Poet of the Year , N.R.I
Poet of the Year , India

Rules & Terms

-Please download the full form as it contains all the “Rules and Regulations” and other details, read them carefully before registering.
-Film Producers, Distributors their duly authorised representatives or duly authorised Government organization / agency of the participating countries may enter their films for the Competition/World Premier in the enclosed Entry Form.

1. For programming consideration, the Festival accepts full HD-DVDs only and without watermark. The Festival will not consider trailers or promos for selection purposes.
2. The DVDs must be properly labelled with the Film Title, Director’s name and contacts, Year of production, Duration, format and subtitling if any and without any watermarks.
3. For submissions coming from outside India, the packages must be marked, “For Festival & Cultural Purpose only, No Commercial value”.
4. Submission form, pictures, synopsis and CV to be sent as hardcopy along with the DVD of the film and a softcopy via e-mail as well. (BEFORE 30TH SEPT. 2017 ).
5. DVDs must be formatted in PAL “0” Region. Please test computer-burned DVDs on several makes and models of players before sending. The submission materials will not be returned to the senders these include DVD for screening and other display material.
To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:
1. Be in their original language with English subtitles, films without subtitles and synopsis will not be accepted.
2. All Decisions made in Selections, screenings, awards and on the Festival in entirety by the festival Appointed “Selection Committee” will be final.
3. In case of any disputes, the decision of the Festival President will be final.
4. Once selected for screening, the film shall not be withdrawn.
5. The last date of submissions of entries with screeners and all relevant documentation is 15th September, 2017.
6. Film makers of officially selected films shall be informed by 1st October, 2017.

-All submitted films will be watched and rated by an internal selection committee. This committee will select the films that will be screened at the festival. In a second step the selection committee of Jurors will determine Films running in competition.
Please note: A film selected for the festival does not run in competition automatically.


The DVD’s (two DVD’s) for selection (selection committee of 6th DIFF 2017) should be sent “freight pre-paid” i.e. at senders cost.
-Festival will not pay any charges other than the air-freight charges. It may also please be noted that the Festival cannot reimburse any freight or other charges in foreign currency, unless previously agreed to in writing.

The Festival will not bear freight or any other charges for unsolicited films, Videos, DVD sent to it, if these are not selected for screening in the Festival. The Festival shall not be responsible for any material that is diverted to some other city in India.

-Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in language other than English must have subtitles in English.

-Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are required, shall not be screened in the Festival.

-Entries under the all categories shall be of films certified by Information and Broadcasting Ministry or Central Board of Film Certification, India.
Deadline for submission: August 31st , 2017
If the film is selected the producers are responsible for providing the following materials:
(1) Press kit
(2) Trailer of the submitted film for advertising the festival
(3) 3-5 Posters (Minimum A3 size) and flyers.

4 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Icelerate Films

    Delhi International Film festival, apart from being one of the premier film festivals in India, is in fact one of those festival that has a true sense of purpose and an unflinching goal of promoting great cinema from across the world. Just this year alone the festival had films from 70 countries. The Festival team headed by Festival President, Mr Ram Kishore Parcha is extremely passionate about cinema and it shows in the heart and soul they put in the festival. The team wants each and every film maker to succeed and makes them feel like royalty. The events are top notch and well attended and the opportunity to network and interact with celebrities and diplomatic core in Delhi is unparalleled and can't be matched by any other festival.

    December 2016
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    Josephine David

    Its Fraud. No information after the festival tagged my film as Semi Finalist. Film Freeway kindly review this festival.

    December 2016
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    Simmer Bhatia

    First worst experience ever. No acknowledgement of my movie after being selected in semi finalist category. No email inviting me for the festival or of the schedule. No communication response and if at all THEY TOTALLY REFUSED TO HAVE SELECTED THE MOVIE IN SEMI FINALIST CATEGORY AND PUT THE ENTIRE SELECTION PROCEDURE ON THE FILM FREEWAY PORTAL, which explains the knowledge of the Festival team about the Film freeway portal site. Wonder how they have been functioning since 6 years. Sad to have this experience in my own country and being totally respected and invited by outside countries with total professionalism and accuracy. Zero ratings for this festival !!!!

    December 2016
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    Karen Guthrie

    Was invited to screen but then communication with festival went dead :-(

    December 2016