Thursday, December 18, 2014

Update: 11th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival 2015

Dear Filmmakers,

Thank you for sending in your films!  We have received close to 200 films from all over the world.  The selection process is on.  The final list of films for the General programme will be announced in the first week of January

Warm regards,
Festival Team

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Call for Experimental Films

Wherever we may find ourselves, in these sets of words,
the main idea behind it, is to bring together a series of works,
which question and explore each of these categories,
and by all means stretch them beyond what they ordinarily come to mean. 
In this struggle to define experimental, we have tried to locate it
in the method or practice of making a film.

Starting a conversation around what experimental can be
in relation to the methods we use to make films.
This includes the resources we use, the way we shoot visuals,
the way we record sound or the way we edit and
everything else that comes along the way of making a film.
Traveling. Engaging with actors or non-actors.
Writing a script or abandoning one already written.
Exploring, how do these works, then become and remain relevant
to the world around us and the people who engage with them.

We invite you to share any piece of work from your practice
that can be screened as part of this compilation.

Please send an online preview link of the work to
and we'll be in touch with you about the screening format
and other technical details.
If you would like to send it via post, following is the address

Priyanka Chhabra
IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival
B-2/71, Azad Apartments
Sri Aurobindo Marg
New Delhi 110016
Mobile (+91) 9717.997.530

If you know of any other filmmaker who's work you feel aligns 

with this exploration, we request you to share their contact 
or connect us, so as many works as possible can be included 
in the programme.

A set of works, will be presented during the annual
IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival,
from March 3-5 2015 in New Delhi, India.

Click here for the entry form

Monday, August 4, 2014

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 11th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival 2015

We are happy to announce that the 11th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival will take place in New Delhi from 3-5 March, 2015 at the India International Centre.

The event will showcase the works of Asian women directors in a range of genres - animation, documentary, experimental, short fiction and feature fiction. The director could be living in any part of the world but should be of Asian origin.

In the 2015 edition of the festival we seek to have an exciting selection of films that are diverse in context, content and form. Apart from the general programme, there will be some curated sections. The festival will feature the second edition of Soundphiles for which a separate entry form will be sent in the coming days. There will also be a special section on Asian Experimental Cinema as well as other packages.

Click here for the Rules & Regulations and the Entry Form.  

Last date for submission is October 15, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Priya Goswami to direct film from India on Women and Reproductive Health

Priya Goswami has been selected to direct one of the documentaries on Women and Reproductive Health.

Three other country chapters will be contributing as well - Kenya, South Africa and Poland.

Congratulations, Priya.

IAWRT Award of Excellence at IDSFFK

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Chapter, IAWRT India has decided to institute an award at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala.

The award shall be called the IAWRT Award of Excellence and should be given to the most gender sensitive film (either short fiction or documentary) that fulfills the following criteria:

1. A strong statement of gender sensitivity—It should be a film that goes beyond just being about women or a ‘women’s’ issue, but addresses the very heart of ideas around gender to provide a fresh, sensitive and feminist understanding of gender, politics, sexuality, society, culture, history, relationships and emotions.

2. A strong creative voice—The form of the film should in itself assert an artistic character, show creative experimentation, openness, zest and energy, a personal style or idiomatic innovations. It should preferably avoid predictable use of character-driven formats currently favoured or clichéd narratives of victims and heroes and polarities which don’t allow for complexity.

The award could go to a person of any gender. It will carry a cash prize of Rs.20,000 and a certificate.

Anupama Srinivasan, Secretary of the India Chapter, will be attending the festival to present a package of films from the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival at IDSFFK. She will present the award at the closing day function.

IRAM GHUFRAN to receive the first Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship

The first Jai Chandiram Memorial Fellowship has been unanimously awarded to  
Iram Ghufran for a pre-production grant for research and script development for a documentary film MAD IS A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. 

About the Project

Conservative estimates say that there are over 100,000 mentally ill people in Kashmir, whereas the numbers of mental health care professionals is abysmally low. Iram's project seeks to explore the impact of violence on mental health of people in the Valley, and create an understanding of the socio-cultural life of madness.

The word 'mad' here, has been used in a loose sense for many kinds of socially 'deviant' behaviors and patterns, everything that falls outside the socially construed 'normal'. What does it mean to not fit the parameters of ‘normal’? What kind of pathologies does violence produce? And how important is it to achieve ‘normalcy’? The research will involve working with psychiatric clinics, as well as alternative contexts of healing.

Iram Ghufran is a filmmaker based in New Delhi. Her work has been shown in several international art and cinematic contexts including the Berlin Film Festival, Experimenta India, World Social Forum and ISEA among others. She has won several awards for her work, including the National Award for ‘Best Direction’ and ‘Best Editing’.  

Note from the Jury 
The jury members (Padmaja Shaw, Radhika Khanna, Iffat Fatima) found ''all the proposals very well thought out, creative and presented well. Since all of them are filmmakers of some standing, they have asked for the fellowship support for a part of the larger project that they are already working on. The jury members evaluated the proposals independently and shared the marks with each other, followed by a Skype chat to finalize the award. The jury was unanimous in rating Iram Ghufran’s proposal, Mad is a Different Direction, as the top contender.'' 

The cheque for the first installment of the fellowship will be handed over to Iram by Jai's brother, Suresh Chandiram, at a simple ceremony at the India International Centre, Delhi.