Mumbai: The fourth India International Women Film Festival is scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 7 – 14 December. The festival will be exhibiting around 140 internationally acclaimed films from around 44 countries with France being the Focus Country.
A tribute will be paid to seven Indian women filmmakers namely Arundhati Devi, Monju Dey, Sai Pranjpe, Arpana Sen, Kalpna Lazmi, Bejoya Mule and Prema Karanth.
To encourage women directors and join hands with the IIWFF Slogan "Women Behind the Camera", Hollywood and European celebrities are also participating in the festival.
Actress Cassandra Gava and Faye Dunway have sent their consent. Indian actress Juhi Chawla and Tanushree Dutta are also slated to attend the event.
Aprana Sen, Madhavi Mukhrjee, director Nabyendu Chaterjee, painter Jogen Chowdhory, Subha Prasanno, film and drama director Bratya Basu are also expected to be present.
Festival director Shymali Banerjee said, "Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of External Affairs and Government of Delhi NCT have extended their supports for the cause of women film festival."
The program for the 4th Indian International Women Film Festival includes Competition – World Cinema (Feature), Competition (Documentary), Indian Panorama, Retrospective, Kinder Films, Joint Hands, Focus Institute, Male Voice and Short Films (Out of Competition).
IIWFF is launching a platform for aspirant filmmakers to conquer the real reel experiences from internationally acclaimed filmmakers. The 2008 Talent Campus will include certain smoldering issues in the field of World Cinema; and will be delivered in the form of seminars, workshops and guest lectures. Additionally a program called 24Hrs Filmmaking Competition is also a part of Talent Campus.
Top two films will be awarded in the closing ceremony and all films will be exhibited on the last day of the festival.