15th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival

Showcasing 50 films directed by Asian women filmmakers

Films from 20 countries including Armenia, Bangladesh, Estonia, India, Iran, Sri Lanka, Syria and Turkey.festival will be featured at the annual event being held at the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi on March 5, 6 and 7, 2019.

Apart from the general category, there are three curated segments:

  • Samina Mishra has curated a package on films that explore childhood
  • Bina Paul's selection represents the female gaze
  • Supriya Suri has curated films that represent the culturally distinct north-east of India.

“The 15th edition of the IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival is being held at a time when women in cinema are central to world discourse in many ways,” observes Nupur Basu, Managing Trustee of IAWRT-India.

“Discussions about women's participation in cinema and the #MeToo campaigns in the film industry - from Hollywood to the 900-film-a year Indian film industry - has put women in cinema at the heart of several critical discussions.

It is not surprising therefore that 'Female Gaze' organically became the theme of our festival's 15th edition"

The Asian Women's Film Festival (AWFF) was first held in New Delhi in the year 2005.The festival has grown in strength and popularity over the years with increasing participation by filmmakers.

This year the festival organisers received over 700 entries from 37 countries, the highest ever received.

"The AWFF showcases extraordinary narratives from Asian woman from around the world...curating the festival was a personal journey of rediscovering the essence of cinema", says Gauri D Chakraborty, the festival director. Gauri was assisted by Iffat Fatima, Jerro Mulla and Anandana Kapur in the selecting eligible films for showing.

One of the festival highlights is the introduction of a special country focus on Georgia "There is Incredible work being undertaken in Georgia which explores the sensitivities of the Euroasian region” says Smriti Nevatia who has curated this selection of cultural overlaps and narratives of West Asia and Europe.

Besides the film screenings the festival includes workshops and features:

  • Soundphiles featuring audio creativity, curated by Shikha Jhingan.
  • On March 4 - A Roundtable on Me Too in the Indian media and film industry anchored by Paromita Vohra and Nupur Basu.
  • On March 5 and 6 - A two-day workshop with school girls titled Little Directors conducted by Nina Sabnani and Samina Mishra.
  • During the festival-an art installation titled Bioscopewalli mounted by design students and artists will be on display

All events are from March 4 to 7 at the India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi.

The screenings begin every morning at 9.15 am and finish by 9 pm. There will be Q and A sessions with participating filmmakers after screenings. Program attached below.