Osian's Cinefan Film Festival moved to October from July

The Osian's Cinefan Film Festival will now onwards be held here in October every year instead of July, the event organisers have announced.

Osian's said in a press release that it was a decision that had been pending for nearly four years now. "The film world has significantly changed during the last decade and the choice of July (in India) for a world class Film Festival is no longer perceived as the best option," it said.

It said the festival Core Committee had finally chosen October as the permanent date for Osian’s-Cinefan. The Government of NCT of Delhi is in agreement with this decision, it said.

The Festival had also been rescheduled keeping in mind the unbearable temperatures and humidity that the national capital experiences in the month of July, though cinema lovers have braved these conditions and supported the festival for almost a decade, the release said.

"The exuberance of the month of October will hopefully further enhance the overall festival experience," it said, adding that the 11th edition of Osian’s Cinefan promises to be the most exciting ever.

Mr Mani Kaul, Director General of the festival, said, "Wonderful feature and short films for different sections of the festival are streaming into our office by the day. Perhaps for the first time in some years Osian’s-Cinefan will be proud to consolidate a formidable and varied presence of young Indian cinema. It was time for us, finally, to leap into October - we are now eager to start the ball rolling on an exciting winter season of culture across India, this year and every coming year."

Meanwhile, Jashn-Osianama, Osian’s new annual Festival for the Visual Arts & Culture will be held in both Mumbai and New Delhi at its stipulated time. The best of Indian, Asian and World art, cinema and culture will be exhibited at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai from Friday, June 26 till Thursday, July 2 and in New Delhi at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre from July 4 – 21.

"The diversity and the sheer range of the visual arts on display will be enough to excite and arouse the minds of people, across all backgrounds," the release added.

Established in 2000 as a pioneering arts institution in India, Osian’s is at the heart of its founder Neville Tuli’s vision of creating a new infrastructure and model for Indian arts and culture.

The idea is to create a merit-conscious and financially self-sufficient infrastructure that is independent of traditional patronage systems and able to be a part of India's developmental framework.

Osian has acquired Cinefan, the Asian Film Festival and Cinemaya, the Asian Film Journal, along with the merger of Aruna Vasudev's team of experts into Osian's under the umbrella of the Film House.


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