A Unique Film Festival Exploring the World Cultures

The cultural aspects of each country are more or less unique. Local traditions, rituals, social practices, folklore, local art, music, dance, literature, customs, superstitions, body art, spirituality, occult, history, heritage, funerals, burial customs, and much more. World cultures have given immense storytelling opportunities to the locals over centuries to carry these traditions, customs, and heritage over to the next generations.

Cinema, the intricate art of using visuals, sound, drama, and music for bringing these stories to the masses is one of the biggest mediums. Over the years technology has aided the creative expression and extended the exposure of these stories across the world to a varied and diverse audience.

Whether it is about learning through documentaries or it is about being entertained by watching mystical dramas from different parts of the world, cinema has never failed in the delivery of its commitment to its audience. This unique concept based film festival will aim to attract passionate filmmakers from all over the world, who are working towards unique subjects related to the cultural issues of their own countries and/or other countries.

This festival will be inaugurated on the UN-declared "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development" falling upon 21st May 2021. Held every year on 21st May, this day celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue in achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development, and global peaceful coexistence.”

Festival

Festival Theme

United Nations has recognized the need to enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development, and global peaceful coexistence. Cinema can become the best platform to achieve these goals and efforts of filmmakers across the world who painstakingly invest their time in bringing out the best stories, on cultural issues.

In line with this our festival theme will be "Prosperity, Development & Peaceful Co-Existence via Cinema."

Festival Dates

The very first edition of this unique film festival CultureCINEMA2021 will be a film festival commencing from 17th July to 16th Aug 2021. The festival's online curtain raiser was organised on the UN-declared "World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development" falling upon 21st May 2021.

Festival screenings will be available throughout on culturecinema.moviesaints.com from 17th July to 16th August 2021.

Festival Format

The very first edition of this unique film festival CultureCINEMA2021 will be delivered in a HYBRID format, which means online and on-ground.

We plan to organize the offline part of this festival at multiple venues of leading academic institutions, cinema chains, and cultural hotspots of the country.

This however will be subject to the prevailing Covid restrictions and Government regulations persisting around the time of the event.

This unique concept based film festival will give opportunities to the audience to watch movies from across the globe, know more, and learn about the world culture through cinema.

The audience will get to watch global films, interact with directors, actors, and also participate in various LIVE workshops around the world culture, art, literature, among others.

Eminent personalities representing the world culture are also expected to participate in this festival.

Key Film Categories

There will be two key sections of the festival viz. Competition and Non-Competition. Filmmakers from across the globe will be able to submit entries in both the sections.

21 Competition Categories:

  1. History
  2. Music
  3. Festivals
  4. Art & Artisans
  5. Architectural Heritage
  6. Education
  7. Social Practices
  8. Travel & Tourism
  9. Literature
  10. Mythology
  11. Traditional Sports
  1. Biodiversity
  2. Cultural Reforms
  3. Attire & Ornaments
  4. Food
  5. Traditional Medicine
  6. Cultural Taboos
  7. Tribal Community
  8. Diaspora Culture
  9. Battles
  10. Philosophy

Non-Competition Category:

  1. Super Shorts

Logistics/Execution

If the pandemic is under control and regulations permit us, the festival will exhibit the films in a physical environment including theatre chains, auditoriums of partner institutions, and other cultural hotspots, which will be finalized soon.

Films from this festival will also be made available through various online platforms for exhibition, offering global outreach. We are also exploring the possibility of a tie-up with an OTT platform for bringing alive this festival.

Official Selection

COMPETITION FILMS (CULTURE CINEMA)
The Walking Forest
TAMU (The Guests)
No Heaven For Gunga Din
The Creation of The World
Cumbia around the world
Furthest Frontier: Stories from Tamatea/Dusky Sound
I am a black sculptor
Chhatra Sangh
Krish Trish and Baltiboy 07 - Oversmartness Never Pays
Krish Trish and Baltiboy 06 - Best Friends Forever
Rijak Roti
Undeterred
Nawa-e-Sarosh-Mirza Ghalib (A Tribute)
Aristotle
Sir C. V. Raman
STEPHEN HAWKING
City of Lanes
Krish Trish and Baltiboy 08 - Face your Fear
Satyagraha in Champaran 1917
Birth Wars
RUMADIYA
Master Qin & His Puppets
Garu
I Have Dreamed Carthage
Unsettled
Gondhal Aala Wajhva Sambhalaala
Agnès Varda
Menari: An Indonesian Dance Legacy
Kanda Bode (Don't Get Whipped)
Remembering: The Maurits Kiek Story (2020)
Our remains
Nightingales in Berlin
Old-fashioned maroma
viewpoint
Life In A Puppet
Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Al-Zahrawi
A Tribute to Prof. Yashpal
Sir Isaac Newton
Prof. U. R. Rao
Are You Listening
Sindhustan
NON-COMPETITION (SUPER-SHORTS)
Pretty Girl
Consent Is Everything
Antarnaad
france 1911
Real Life
A beautiful social distancing
Under the Shadow
THE MIST CALLS
There is still love
Locked Down
HAPPY birthday
The Organized Life
THE CONCERT OF THE WOODS English version 5'
TALKING or (a postmodern approach to discussion)
Pick Up Your Cross (and follow me)
Run Away
Spellbound
Hubris
Hedera
Magic Head
First day of a chick
Rang e Banaras
The Lock-down Clock
The man..
A Tree
Proverb pot lids : The Toad
Brouhaha
A Glass of Difference
CLICK
St George and the Dragon
Odd Sock
FEMINAM

Schedule

Inaugural Ceremony
Saturday, 17th July 2021
5:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)
Panel Discussions
Sunday, 18th July 2021
# Panel Topic Time Duration Moderator Panelists
1 Evolving Design and Treatment for culturally relevant animation storytelling 11:30 AM IST (GMT +5:30) 60 Minutes Ashish S. Kulkarni
Chairman AVGC, FICCI & Founder, Punnaryug Artvision
Munjal Shroff- Director & COO, Graphiti Multimedia
Chetan Sharma- Founder-Director, Animagic India
Vaibhav Kumaresh-Founder-Director, Vaibhav Studios
Ravishankar Venkateswaran- Director, Punyakoti
2 Culture and Contemporary Cinema 3:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 60 Minutes Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury
Pro Vice Chancellor. ADAMAS University
Dr. Gauri Chakraborty- Jt Head & Associate Professor, Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Noida
Mrs. Padma Ramesh- Dean, Annapurna School of Filmmaking
Dr. Piyush Roy- Founding Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. RV University
Dr. Ambrish Saxena- Dean of DME Media School, Noida
Dr. Vikrant Kishore- Filmmaker & Academic, Deakin University, Melbourne
3 Role of Culture in bringing prosperity & peaceful co-existence globally via Cinema 36:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 60 Minutes Sean Cisterna
Director of Mythic Productions, Canada
Lia Rinaldo- Managing Director of Devour Food Film Festival
Jerusha Stewart- Founder and Executive Director of the award-winning Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival
Bina Paul- Editor, Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala, Faculty at FTII
Sapna Bhavnani- Founder of WENCH Film Festival
Panel Discussions
Monday, 19th July 2021
# Panel Topic Time Duration Moderator Panelists
1 Music at the core of cultural and heritage films 12:30 AM IST (GMT +5:30) 45-60 Minutes Rupert Fernandes
Music Composer
Soumitra Ranade- Writer, Director & Producer
Rahul Deshpande- Actor
Nipun Dharmadhikari- Director
2 Indian OTT Stories Travelling the World 2:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 30 Minutes Aparna Acharekar
Senior OTT Professional
Bhavani Iyer- Film Writer
Ajit Andhare- COO, Viacom18 Studios
Saugata Mukherjee-Head of Originals, SonyLIV
3 The Impact of Cinema on the culture and ethos of India 4:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 60 Minutes Mr. Sanjoy Roy
Founder Teamwork Arts
Nasreen Munni Kabir- Author, Documentary Director/Producer
Vikas Swarup - Author
Adil Hussain- Actor
Nandita Das- Actor, Director & Social Advocate
4 Women using culture in cinema to break norms 5:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 30-45 Minutes Sapna Bhavnani
Actor, Director, Producer
Amber Fares- Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer (Middle Eastern origin)
Malati Rao- Director
Akriti Singh- Writer, Director, and Actor.
Deepti Gupta- Filmmaker & Cinematographer
Jasvir Kaur Rababan, MBE– Founder, Kaur Voices
CIFEJ ACTIVITIES
# Panel Topic Date Time Duration Activity
1 Workshop - How to be a Director of Your Own Life 20th July, 2021 12:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 30 Minutes Ema Pendiuc
Founder of School of Film and Television for Children in Romania
2 Panel Discussion STRONGER, TOGETHER- a #covid19 that we can actualise 20th July, 2021 1:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 30 Minutes Firdoze Bulbulia
Festival Director, Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival
3 Special Preview of HUMAN OAK 223rd July, 2021 12:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30) 30 Minutes Jitendra Mishra
President, CIFEJ

Awards

FILM OF THE FESTIVAL – SHARED BY TWO FILMS
Film: Kanda Bode (Don't Get Whipped)
Directed By: Fekad Kiros
Produced By: Cheryl Halpern, Mitchell Stuart
Country: Ethiopia
Language: Amharic, English
Film: Sindhustan
Directed By: Sapna Moti Bhavnani
Produced By: Akbar Pains, Mad O Wot Productions, Sapna Moti Bhavnani
Country: India
Language: English, Hindi
JURY SPECIAL AWARDS – SHARED BY TWO FILMS
Film: I am a black sculptor
Country: Netherlands
Language: Dutch, English
Directed By: Islands of the soul
Produced By: Robin's Road Trip
Film: Cumbia around the world
Directed By: Pablo Ignacio Coronel
Produced By: Pensilvania Films, Rodante Films
Country: Argentina
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese
BEST IN CATEGORY
ART & ARTISANS
I am a black sculptor
Country: Netherlands
Language: Dutch, English
Directed By: Islands of the soul
Produced By: Robin's Road Trip
ATTIRE & ORNAMENTS
Menari: An Indonesian Dance Legacy
Country: Indonesia
Language: Indonesia
Directed By: Cheryl Halpern, Natasha Dematra
Produced By: Cheryl Halpern, Natasha Dematra
BIODIVERSITY
Nightingales in Berlin
Country: Finland
Language: English
Directed By: Ville Tanttu
Produced By: David Rothenberg
CULTURAL REFORMS
Unsettled
Country: Iran
Language: Persian
Directed By: Mohamad Sadeq Esmaeeli
Produced By: Mohamad Sadeq Esmaeeli
CULTURAL TABOOS
Our remains
Country: France
Language: French
Directed By: Pierrick Chilloux
Produced By: Université Lumière Lyon 2
DIASPORA CULTURE
Sindhustan
Country: India
Language: English, Hindi
Directed By: Sapna Moti Bhavnani
Produced By: Akbar Pains, Mad O Wot Productions, Sapna Moti Bhavnani
EDUCATION
Are You Listening
Country: India
Language: English
Directed By: Mayur Puri
Produced By: Ulka Puri
FESTIVALS
The Walking Forest
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Directed By: Maria Giménez Cavallo
HISTORY
Furthest Frontier: Stories from Tamatea/Dusky Sound
Country: New Zealand
Language: English
Directed By: Will McKee
Produced By: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum
LITERATURE (Shared by 2 Films)
Nawa-e-Sarosh-Mirza Ghalib (A Tribute)
Country: India
Language: Urdu
Directed By: Dr. Mir Hashmath Ali
LITERATURE (Shared by 2 Films)
Krish Trish and Baltiboy 08 - Face your Fear
Directed By: Tilakraj Shetty
Produced By: Munjal Shroff
Country: India
Language: Hindi
MUSIC
Cumbia around the world
Directed By: Pablo Ignacio Coronel
Produced By: Pensilvania Films, Rodante Films
Country: Argentina
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese
SOCIAL PRACTICES
Birth Wars
Directed By: Janet Jarman
Produced By: Janet Jarman, Filip Lein
Country: United States
Language: Spanish
TRAVEL AND TOURISM
Garu
Directed By: Mithilesh Gunasekaran
Country: India
Language: Telegu
TRIBAL COMMUNITY
Kanda Bode (Don't Get Whipped)
Directed By: Fekad Kiros
Produced By: Cheryl Halpern, Mitchell Stuart
Country: Ethiopia
Language: Amharic, English

Organisers

In line with enhancing the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development, and global peaceful coexistence, White Coffee Event Management Pvt. Ltd., a celebrity, and event management company brings this unique concept based film festival CultureCinema2021.

This festival aims to attract passionate filmmakers from all over the world, who are working towards unique subjects related to the cultural issues of their own countries and/or other countries.

With an established history of successfully organizing KidzCINEMA2020, White Coffee is offering another unique, creative, and innovative concept in the world of cinema and film festivals.


Partners

JLF
Literary Partner
CIFEJ
Children's Cinema Partner
My First Film
Creative Partner

Apex Soft Solutions
Web Partner
Couch Potato
Audio Visual Partner
Colleen Tandem
PR Partner
Dharmvidhi
Legal Partner
PeregrinePR
Strategy Partner
Butterfly
Social Media Partner
We Studio
Design Partner
CINEMA
Strategy Partner
CINEMA
Creative Partner
CINEMA
Streaming Partner

Contact

Address:

410-Abhishek Building, Dalia Estate,
Off New Link Road, Andheri (West)
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053
India

Phone:

+91 987-003-7766

Email:

culturecinema2021@gmail.com