The Darbhanga Film Club (DFC) that organizes the Darbanga International Film Festival (DIFF) has been on the radar of film makers across the globe once again for their 2015 edition. The submissions for the third edition of this grand event had already been on and have been getting a good response. However the final date for submissions come to a close on December 10th. The festival will be hosting a range of feature films - both Indian and World Cinema in the main slate as well as short films and documentaries simultaneously.
“After a successful DIFF 2014, this year too we are overwhelmed by the great response that we have got from filmmakers across the globe. Moreover, with our partnership with ‘Click for Festivals’ there has been a tremendous response from overseas for feature films, short films as well as documentaries for this current edition,” said Meraj Siddiqui, the chairman of the festival. “Moreso, quite a few film makers have agreed to participate in the festival and will be making themselves present in the screenings of their films - either in person or virtually. It’s indeed a great opportunity for Darbhanga and Mithila film audiences.”
DIFF also aims to promote and explore the culture of Mithila as well as Maithili Films. Apart from Bhojpuri there are several films in languages like Maghi, Angika, Maithili and Bajjika which have not got significant popularity but exist. The film festival is focusing at promotion of films of all languages of Bihar as well as Maithili Cinema to boost the art, culture and economic development of Regional Cinema and Maithili Cinema of Bihar.
“This year, DIFF has tied up with participating countries including UK, China, Iran, Turkey and Nepal. Also a retrospective of Spanish films will be the highlight of the festival,” said Aman Abhishek, PR spokesperson of DFC & DIFF.
“I have been hearing a lot about this festival and this time I will be going there with my film “Maanglik : A Blessing” in the Short competitive section,” says Ravikant Singh, film maker & director who is also originally from Bihar but now based in Mumbai. “I am happy that DFC has taken this initiative of conducting a festival in the Mithilanchal region and with the degree of passion and commitment as DFC, I see this festival growing in future years,” he added.
The Darbhanga International Film Festival is created to encourage and promote the work of indie film makers from all regions and especially from Darbhanga which is one of the most important districts of North Bihar situated in the very heart of Mithilanchal. Mithilanchal/Mithila Region, a proposed state of India is presently spread along 30 districts of Bihar & Jharkhand States. Darbhanga is the capital of Mithilanchal as well as the cultural capital of Bihar.
The submissions comes to a close on December 10th and those who are yet to submit their entries can log on to http://diff.darbhangafilmclub.com for more details.