Wednesday, December 5, 2018


It is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of Renuka Sharma, one of the founder members of the IAWRT Chapter India on November 27. Renuka was the former Secretary and Treasurer of the chapter and a close associate of the chapter's founder, Jai Chandiram. "Renuka was an independent broadcaster and was extremely passionate about radio and sound. Her untimely death is deeply mourned by the IAWRT family" Nupur Basu, Managing Trustee of Chapter India observed. "The chapter will always value her contribution to broadcasting, gender justice and IAWRT".

Tribute from IAWRT board member Ananya Chakraborti
Feisty, fun loving, fiercely loyal and passionate about things is how one can best describe Renuka in one line. One of the founding members of IAWRT India chapter, Renuka was Jai Chandiram’s trusted aide and served on the first two terms as Secretary and Treasurer. She loved her work on the radio and was full of ideas on how to improve it. Once when Reena, Anupama and myself met her in her office, she offered us “butter toast”. It is the best toast you have ever had, she proudly announced. That was Renuka, proud of everything, of being a woman, of the struggles of a woman, of her friends and associates, her work, of IAWRT. And if you were her friend, she would fight for you and defend you with her life. She loved Jai passionately and had once proposed to me to make Jai a life-member of IAWRT India. For her IAWRT was unimaginable without Jai. Farewell my friend. Now is the time to be united with your best friend, in a better world.

Tribute from a fellow IAWRT member Kiron Bansal
I am still shocked at the tragic news of Renuka's passing away and unable to come to terms on writing about her in the past tense. Renuka as we all know, was a very lively, vibrant and interesting person. I remember she was always there at the IAWRT film festivals and along with Jai, Ratna Bali (sadly both of them are no longer with us), Radhika, Samina and few other founding members. I met her for the last time before IAWRT Radio festival last year when she was looking visibly frail and weak - didn’t know she would leave all of us so soon. I know I am not able to do justice to this wonderful person and a good friend who left all of us suddenly. All I can say - Rest in Peace Renuka – You will be deeply missed by all of us at IAWRT. 

Friday, November 9, 2018


| s o u n d p h i l e s | 2019
As part of the 15th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival 2019 (5-7 March, New Delhi)
Women have practiced sound through diverse technologies making it possible for us to know the world through our ears.
| s o u n d p h i l e s | 2019
Invites entries on Women and Sound Technologies
These can be real and imaginary journeys of a gramophone singer, the telephone girl, the radio announcer, the crooner, the dubbing artist, or the one who tunes in to listen to her favourite song. This could be a play with noise, silence or rage. Or this could be a bot.

Send us sounds that animate the world of recording, fragmenting, copying, archiving and listening to sound. Tell us stories, share conversations, create soundtracks of words, music, noise, and silence. Send us sound. Audio documentaries, art, field notes, music, noise and poetry. We encourage a diverse exploration of ideas and form. Share your work. Send us the sounds you want to hear!

Submission Guidelines

– the festival is open to only women of Asian origin– in case of group projects, at least one of the sound artists should be a woman
– you can be anyone: student, dilettante, RJ, DJ, sound artist or any artist, filmmaker, activist, archivist, musician, anyone with a sound recorder, an Ipod, Ipad or a cell phone
– you can send us audio documentaries, sound stories, film sans visual, sound sans music, conversations with an edge, a radio mix, sound art, audio letters, notes from the archive, an audio postcard, a telegram, a thunderbolt
– entries can be in any language with subtitles in English (if needed) – works produced in and after January 2018 are eligible for submission
– you can submit as a group/ individual
– not more than 2 entries per person
– duration can be between 2 – 7 minutes
– submissions should be in .wav / .aiff / .ogg
– in case of a subtitled piece of work, submission should be made in .mov

LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION DECEMBER 20, 2018For any queries, email us at

Sunday, September 2, 2018


ONLINE TROLLING - The Beast on the Block

Wednesday, 12 and Thursday, 13 September 2018 (10:00-18:00, both days)
Siddhartha Hall, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

To register to attend the seminar please write to

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), Chapter India, are jointly organising a two-day seminar on online trolling of journalists, activists, actors, women politicians and other civil society members.

The seminar will provide testimonies outlining the extent of the problem and examine the legal and security options available for protection. It will also try and examine the social media industry's response to their platforms being used for trolling.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Announcing the 15th IAWRT ASIAN WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL, 2019

About the festival

Films can mean a lot of ideas, a way to observe and finally as a portrait,
which has a common denominator called…. life.
The 15th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival will be held from 5th – 7th March, 2019. IAWRT India organizes this unique Asian women’s film festival each year to mark the International Women’s Day. Launched in 2005, the IAWRT film festival has over the years positioned itself with a conscious effort to showcase narratives weaved by Asian women filmmakers and grown in strength and reputation, with participation from around the world.
Over the last 15 years, the festival has travelled to many Indian cities, and the curated package of films from the festival has been screened at other festivals across the world. The IAWRT film festival endeavors to showcase work by women filmmakers of Asian origin, from around the world.


-All genres – short fiction/fiction feature, non-fiction, animation, experimental and student films – are welcome.
- The filmmaker has to be a woman of Asian origin, residing in any part of the world.
- If the film has more than one Director, at least one of them should be a woman.
- Films made between  October 2016 - September 2018 are eligible for entry.


- Participants may send multiple entries, but separate forms are required for each entry.
- Films made in any language other than English are required to be subtitled in English, and will not be accepted for the pre-selection viewing.
- All required permissions from copyright holders should be acquired before entering the work into the 15th IAWRT Asian Women’s film festival.
- If a film is selected, the copyright holders of the film should permit free-of-cost public screening at the festival and at any related events.
- Please specify if we have permission for your film to be a part of the traveling packages.
- All image formats and aspect ratios will be accepted. The sound requirement of our festival venue is that it be mono mixed on two channels.
- Films that are already available online, will not be considered for the festival.

Preview & Screening

For preview of films, please enter your film online to the festival by submitting the google form


on or before 20th October, 2018. You can submit an online link to the film (along with password). The entrant will also need to submit three high quality images from the film, and one photo of the Director. The online link of the film with password and publicity material can be sent to:


Post two preview DVD copies to the address mentioned below. The entrant will also need to submit three high quality images from the film, and one photo of the Director.

Address for sending preview copies(2):

Gauri D Chakraborty,
Festival Director,
IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival
G -1382, Third Floor,
Chittaranjan Park,
New Delhi – 110019
Mob: 9971888438

(Note: For waiver of custom duty, all entry packages sent to the festival must be prominently labeled: “FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL VALUE”)


Closing date for receipt of entries (forms and preview DVDs/online download links):
20th October, 2018

In case the film is selected, a high-resolution mov file will be required for the festival screening. The DVDs/mov files will not be returned. All DVDs/mov files/Blu Ray DVD will be part of the IAWRT-INDIA archive, to be kept in the IAWRT-IIC Women's Resource Centre, for non-commercial screenings and viewing for academic purposes.

We request that international entrants ensure that they have a valid passport and can travel to New Delhi, if their films are selected. The organizers are trying their best to raise funds to host visits of participating filmmakers, but this is not yet confirmed.

- Once you have sent in your entries, please visit occasionally for updates
- Please read and fill the form correctly
- Only films with English subtitles will be accepted for preview

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Registration for Workshops Extended

We are happy to share with you that we have extended the registration for Workshops at the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival to 20th January, 2018. So, hurry up and book your seats!

Here is the link to Register  Workshops and Registration forms 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Call For Entries for 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival Closed

IAWRT India Chapter thanks all its well-wishers for the overwhelming response to the ' Call for Entries' for the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival. As mentioned before we have closed taking entries on 15th November 2017.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Call for Entries Extented...!

We have received an overwhelming response from filmmakers across the world who have sent in beautiful films for the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival, so, thank you to all of you! 

However, on popular demand we are extending the call for entries to 15th November 2017 midnight! So those of you who missed the deadline have time to send in your films! Do apply and spread the word...

Apply  here