4th India International Deaf Film Festival 2016

Jain University and Deaf Leaders Foundation are jointly organizing the 4th edition of the Indian International Deaf Film Festival (IIDFF).

Online PR News – 09-August-2016 – Bangalore, Karnataka – “Hearing and hard for hearing relations” flagged as the theme for this edition, the festival invites interested participants to submit their creations. With an aim to widen scopes for emerging deaf artists, the festival is planning to arrange for an array of creative opportunities. It will explore the key issues faced by the deaf community from enjoying the main stream cinemas. It will make an attempt to project the daily social life styles along with the deaf. It will boost the urge for communicating with standard sign language in the social system in India amongst the youth. By achieving this motive, there could be a balance and better possibility to bridge the gap between the deaf community and the society.

The 4th India International Deaf Film Festival, to be held from December 28th through 30th 2016, calls for registration and submissions of films in the categories of film length of 1, 5, 10 and 15 minutes duration. The films can be creative and follow genres like documentary, experimental, international, drama, action, horror, comedy, romance, sci-fi, student film etc. The festival looks forward to screen over 50 film presentations from India and about 30 from international entries. The cinemas are scripted, created, performed, produced and directed by the deaf with help from the sponsors. The films screened will not carry any commercial value. Awards, certificates and cash prizes are given away for the winners of the film competition. Entries are open and details can be accessed from www.iidff.org. The last date for film submission is 31st October 2016.

IIDFF 2016 jointly organized by Jain University will showcase over 50 national and International films created and enacted by the deaf artists. The proposed event will be projected on three screens at the JGI Knowledge campus, Jayanagar 9th Block, Bangalore on 28th, 29th and 30th December, 2016. The event expects over 1000 attendees who could be part of the film screening, audience, photography and videographer workshop. Mr.K. Murali, Director of Deaf Leaders Foundation and President of IIDFF who has won the Best Social worker award from the Government of Tamil Nadu says “the mission of IIDFF is to promote better communication by the deaf with the society” through the power of cinemas. Mr. D.S.Rana, Organizing Secretary of 4th IIDFF 2016, said, “Creativity and quality in production must be excelled at par with the regular films to provide entertainment to all, like in the silent film era, which is a challenge today especially for the deaf.” He mentions that such festivals help to improve the human relationships in the society.

Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President of Jain University and Chairman of the 4th IIDFF 2016 cares for inclusiveness in society and says the University would support in making this Film Festival a grand success and reach out to the globe and pass the message of “Small things with Great Love.”

Dr.T.R.Ramakrishnan, Coordinator of the film festival, who spoke on, ‘Silent Films to Talkies: Effects of Isolation of the Deaf Audience,’ finds that innovative technology could enhance enjoying feature films with captions and research has to be conducted for translating music and sound in films to standard sign language. He says that the 4th edition of the IIDFF will boost the creativity and participation from across the world as it is organized and screened in the film buff city, Bangalore. All information can be communicated over 4iidff@gmail.com and film submissions can be made online or posted to: Mr.D.S.Rana, Organizing Secretary, 4th IIDFF 2016, Quarters No: 600, Type III, Krishi Kunj, Indrapuri, New Delhi – 110012. Phone: 9818506937 / 9483161430.