Schedule for the 15th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

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The 15th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival will be held at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi on March 5, 6 and 7, 2019

This year's festival will showcase over 50 films from 20 countries directed by Asian women filmmakers from Armenia, Bangladesh, Estonia, India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey and other countries. 

Besides the general category, the film selections include curated segments on Female Gaze, Childhood, Seven Sisters (films from North East of India) by IAWRT's pool of talented filmmakers - Bina Paul, Samina Mishra, Iffat Fatima, Jerro Mulla, Anandana Kapur, Supriya Suri. One of the festival highlights is a special country focus on Georgia curated by Smriti Nevatia and Soundphile by Shikha Jhingan.

"The 15th edition of the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival is being held at a time when women in cinema are central to world discourse in many ways. Discussions about women's participation in cinema and the Me Too Campaigns in the film industry from Hollywood to the 900-film-a year Indian film industry - has put women in cinema at the heart of several critical discussions. It is not surprising therefore that Female Gaze organically became the theme of our festival's 15th edition" observes Nupur Basu, Managing Trustee, IAWRT Chapter India.

The Asian Women's Film Festival (AWFF) was first held in New Delhi in the year 2005.The festival has grown in strength and popularity over the years with increasing participation of filmmakers.This year the festival organisers received over 700 entries to the festival from 37 countries, the highest ever till date. 

'The AWFF showcases extraordinary narratives from Asian woman from around the world...curating the festival was a personal journey of rediscovering the essence of cinema", says Gauri D Chakraborty, the festival director. 

Besides the film screenings the festival includes the following programmes:

On March 4 - A Roundtable on Me Too in the Indian media and film industry anchored by Paromita Vohra and Nupur Basu.

On March 5 and 6 - A two-day workshop with school girls titled Little Directors conducted by Nina Sabnani and Samina Mishra.

On march 5,6 and 7- an art installation titled Bioscopewalli mounted by design students and artists conceived by the festival director.

All events are from March 4 to 7 at the India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi. The screenings begin every morning at 9.15 and finish by 9pm. There will be Q and A sessions with visiting filmmakers after the screenings.

'Filmy Adda' at the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Seminars at the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Camera and Sound Workshop at 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Join us at India International Centre, New Delhi from 5th-7th March

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Meet the Festival Team

Festival Director - Aaradhana Kohli Kapur
Advisory Support: Archana Kapoor
General ProgrammingSmriti Nevatia, Anjali Monterio & Aaradhana Kohli 
Student FilmsAparna Sanyal , Aaradhana Kohli & Chandita Mukherjee 
Animation and Experimental Films- Nina Sabnani 
Fund Raising - Archana Kapoor
Festival Coordination team - Madhumanti Sengupta & Riti Chandrashekhar
Camera & Sound Workshop -Fowzia Fathima and Shalini Agarwal
Filmy Addas -Nupur Basu,Nina Sabnani, Paromita Vohra 
Opening Ceremony - Bina Paul and Sania Farooqui
Media Coordination - Aparna Sanyal
Logistic coordination - Deepika Sharma
Official Website Partner- Cinestaan (Sukhpreet Kahlon)
Social Media- Utkarsha Kohli, Madhumanti Sengupta, Tapatrisha Das
Poster Design -Shivani Singh & Jiteshwar Kshetrimayum
E brochure- Shubhangi Kansal & Riti Chandrashekhar 
Seminar Coordination - Seema Kakran (WISCOMP),  Aaradhana Kohli & Mausumi Bhattacharyya
Technical Support -Deepak Dutta,Yusuf Saeed
Equipment - AV workshop
Supporting Organizations
IAWRT International
Sangat /Jagori
WISCOMP(Women in Security, Conflict Management Peace )
Korean Culture Center
Japan Foundation
Embassy of Israel New Delhi
ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited)
GAIL (India) Limited
Action Aid

Meet the Festival Director for the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Call for entries of films for the 14th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Every year to mark International  Women's Day we hold the Asian Women's film festival at the India International Centre(IIC), New Delhi, where films made by women of Asian origin are screened.Films which help us understand our lives and times.
Over the years the festival has grown from its humble beginnings in strength and popularity with many filmmakers from across the world participating to show their works.The festival also now travels to cities across India regularly. Specially curated packages from the festival have gone to other festivals to other countries.

Since we love cinema of all kinds all kinds of films are welcome!

All genres – short fiction/fiction feature, non-fiction, animation, experimental and student films – are eligible 

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IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

The main activity of the chapter is to organise the annual IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival held every year around International Women's Day in New Delhi. It showcases works by women directors of Asian origin ranging from animation, non-fiction, short/feature fiction, experimental and student films.

The festival was launced in 2005 and has grown in strength and popularity with film makers coming from all over the world to participate. The festival has travelled to many Indian cities and selections have been screened at other festivals like Birds Eye View Film Festival 2011, London, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2011 and Vasakh Festival, Lahore 2012.

 Aaradhana Kohli is the Festival Director for the 2018 edition.