Festival Kickoff Celebrations 3 Jan 2020
Iranian Delegation, Alwar International Film Festival
Dr Valipour: Iranian Delegate: We have to love our Nature and Culture.
Inaugural address by Dr. Avnish Rajvanshi Festival Director AIFF
Alwar International Film Festival 2020 - Closing Night. Kamalika Bhattacharyya
“Storytelling, The Art of Healing” . . . Barbara McVeigh, US Based Independent Filmmaker
Alwar, famous for the Sariska Tiger Reserve, royal palaces and world heritage sites, is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan, Western India. Surrounded by the oldest range of fold mountains in India, the Aravalli hills, this city offers a mesmerizing landscape including rare fossils of Neanderthals. Alwar is conveniently located at 3 hours drive from New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
The city of Alwar, known as the land of tigers or the tiger gate of Rajasthan, proudly presents its first international film festival. Independent filmmakers and all film lovers are welcome to join us in 2 days of exciting events at Alwar. In addition to live screening of your work, you will also get opportunities for networking, participation in the discussions/seminars and a co-creators’ workshop on the sidelines of the main event. We offer celebrations for all who have a passion for filmmaking and for film viewing. We value story/content over budget. If you enjoy and have courage to experiment, here is the place for you to showcase your work.
Guest of Honour
Labour Minister Sri Tikaram Julie, Govt. of Rajasthan
A versatile internationally recognised singer, artiste and anchor
She is a creative artiste, singer, anchor, performer, actress, model for the last 20 years. Performed in stage and TV shows spanning across music, theatre, debate, quiz, dance, and anchoring shows in various countries. She is a versatile vocal artist of Classical, Bollywood and Western genres of Jazz, Pop, Soul, Soft Rock. Trained in Indian classical music under Late Vidusi Srimati Shipra Bose, known as Bengal’s Begum Akhtar. Trained in Western vocal music under Teiron Jones. Performed in Kolkata, with Sumit Roy’s English band at various clubs and shows. Performed with Chronic Blues Band in Bangalore. Performed in Hindi, Bengali and English for various community cultural programmes in different countries. Anchored shows for Bollywood music director Pritam , Shankar Ehsaan Loy show, Imran Khan music show, and a number of corporate events . Acted in various plays in Bengali, Hindi, English and in dance performances in Kolkata, Dubai, Doha, Bangalore, and Muscat.
She is a known Bollywood actress based in Mumbai with around 2 dozen films to her credit. She started as a theater artiste and has done many short films, commercials, fashion modelling for many brands and print shoots. She has acted as a lead actress in a number of regional language feature films in India.
Gioya Tuma-Waku is an actress based in Los Angeles. She was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her love of performance started at an early age and by age 10 she knew that her passion and future lay in Acting. Her performance in the film Pink Lemonade has gotten her a a nomination as Best Actress Semi Finalist for the Olympic Film Festival as well as a nomination for Best Actress for the LA Film Awards. She also won Honorable Mention Actress in in an Indie Film for Pink Lemonade at the Los Angeles Film Awards.
She was born and lived in Italy where she studied foreign literature. In 2018 she moved to The Hague with her family. Lover of reading, visual arts and music, especially jazz. “Working for The Hague Global Cinema Festival and Alwar International Film Festival gives me the opportunity to combine my passion for films with being part of a team in an environment that highlights the multiculturalism, a characteristic of The Hague, the city where I chose to live and where I want to play an active role.”
- Cinema of all genres, any length and budget are welcome from all over the world.
- No restriction on the year of making. May be your unrecognized old work gets discovered here.
- Music albums/videos/trailers are also acceptable.
- Web series/TV Pilot can also be submitted.
- Students are encouraged to participate and show their talent.
- A separate category for mobile film/homemade/amateur productions.
- A co-creators’ for the successful entries. You can get potential partners and financiers in this event.
- Works in progress are accepted provided the completion takes place before the event.
- World premieres of the films are a high priority.
- Grand cultural evening with celebrities from Bollywood and Oscar nominated directors.
- Get a chance to visit strikingly beautiful locations for film shooting.
- One day tour to the world famous Sariska tiger reserve, and heritage sites of Alwar (special discounted deal with a tour operator) for interested participants.
All nominated films will receive laurels and an invitation to the event. Award winners will be announced in a grand ceremony after the screenings.
This is a special opportunity for filmmakers who don’t necessarily have a large budget, but a vision and an important story to tell. We are here to provide them with an international platform. We encourage experimentation and welcome out of the box ideas/content.
We will be handing out a number of awards at the event in a number of categories, selected and evaluated by our jury. We also offer film critiques for your film.
We encourage you to submit to several categories in order to increase your chances of getting selected.