Dillifilmclub's APJ Abdul Kalam International Film Festival set to turn Delhi into a Film Hub

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APJ Abdul Kalam International Film Festival, Dillifilmclub

Dillifilmclub is organizing the APJ Abdul Kalaam International Film Festival 2016-17, in memory of the former President of India, which would be happening on 20 January 2017 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi. 


Dillifilmclub is a group of independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts who aim to practice and promote independent films. Films which run over content and strive to fade the difference between mainstream and parallel cinema. Dillifilmclub has completed 1 year of celebrating the joy of filmmaking in the capital city. The club aims to bring all the film lovers together, to work ahead and produce films in the city. Working on the digital platforms dillifilmclub would be coming up with 3 web shows called Sapno ka Farmhouse, Cinema Over Tea and Filmy Bua. 


A Filmmaker or any creative person runs on the fuel of the appreciation. The club, in the celebration of 1st anniversary, has organized a film festival to celebrate independent filmmaking in the town. The festival has been organized to appreciate the technical and creative efforts of short filmmakers and documentary makers. APJIFF is turning out to be the first Indian Short Film festival to award the filmmakers for different categories like screenplay, script, story, sound, music and actor (male/female). In the drought of demonetization, it was difficult for the organizers to get funds for this film festival. The organizing team ended up organizing the festival in less than 30 Thousand Rupees. 


The screening of the festival include “Asmad”, which was selected in the short films section at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2016, “93 Not Out” which has been awarded in various film festivals nationally and internationally, “Once Upon A Moon Somewhere” which has been directed and shot by 3-time National Award Winning cinematographer Ranjan Palit, “Sound Wanderer” which has been produced by the Films Division of India and has won accolades in many international film festivals, the Homi Adjania presented film “Yellow Tin Can Telephone”, which was a part of the 2016 film “Shor Se Shuruwat” and has been selected in various festivals globally and “Sangraand”, which is being considered as one of the brilliant short films set in contemporary Punjab scenario. 


Proceeding with the screenings the festival is scheduled to have panel discussions which would put some light on the craft and marketing of indie films and the panel would have :

Ranjan Palit 

Cinematographer (7 Khoon Maaf) 

Prabhjit Dhamija 

Filmmaker (Took his film ASMAD to Short Film Corner at Cannes 2016 ) 

Ritesh Sharma 

Documentary Filmmaker (Critically Acclaimed “The Holy Wifes”) 

Abhinav Raj 

Independent Film Producer (Producing a Feature Film Tazkira) 


Filmmaker (93*not out) 

The Panel Discussion would proceed with a short film premier of Thela Gadi By Nimai Das, who is a professional video editor and a self taught filmmaker. 

The Festival Directors aim to turn this capital city into the next cinematic hub after Mumbai. Festival Director Akshay S. Poddar explains: “We aim to appreciate the craft of filmmaking to inspire the coming generation of short filmmakers with our visionary ideas." 

We invite you to the festival on 20 January 2016, from 10 am to 6 pm, and be a part of screenings and interactions with the festival dignitaries and know more about our initiative as well as our vision for the Future Projects. 

For more information, please contact:

Pooja Chauhan 

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