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The Cineville Annual Film Festival began with an aim to incorporate meaningful and engaging cinema into the culture of the mainstream audience. CAFF is a student-run film festival organized by FilmTantra – The Film Appreciation and Filmmaking Society of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, designed to be a platform for the initiation of discussions on cinema with its interactive mixer rounds, QnA’s and both non-competitive and a competitive (for student films) film screenings. With the 4th edition of CAFF, it is now the largest student-run festival in India.

CAFF’21 has been organized keeping in mind the restrictions put in place due to the pandemic. The festival which has been a platform for independent filmmakers to exhibit their work, along with an educational event for young student filmmakers who aspire to learn and develop their skill set for this art form is to take place virtually this year. This year the festival will consist of more than 15 film screenings of carefully curated independent movies, 8-panel discussions ranging from the social responsibility of cinema to experimenting with genres, 5 masterclasses, and Q&A sessions with film directors for a deeper understanding of films and filmmaking. All the events will be held live on Filmtantra’s YouTube Channel, with the films being shifted to Vimeo for viewing later.

CAFF’21 offers the people stuck at home as well as film enthusiasts unable to frequent theatres a chance to enjoy off-beat and unique films along with the added benefit of interacting with their directors, producers, and crew. With each year, its organisers have broadened the scope of CAFF by bringing more and more directors and films with a unique perspective to the attention of those interested in this art form. This year they aim to take it a notch higher with better films from various countries exploring important topics.

  • Festival Dates: 9th – 12th April
  • For Festival Lineup:
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Finalized Panelists: Florian Reichelt, Ayush Wadhwa, Abdul Baloch, Rupan Bal, Saurav Vishnu, Domnic Sangma, Sapna Bhavnani from Wench Films, Kunal from IFI, etc.

Finalized Filmmakers: Sandeep A Varma, Saurav Sinha, Hemant Gaba, Ravi Shankar, Tathagata Ghosh, Sudha Padmaja Francis and many more.

Many of these panelists are renowned and one of the selected films just won a Nation Award for Best Non-feature film.


Mubi: Mubi, a streaming service, curator, film blog, and distributor all rolled into one is their co-sponsor.

Final Draft: The program is a screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay to meet submission standards set by theatre, television, and film industries.

Shorts TV: They have the world’s largest catalog of high-quality short movies and series available on TV, online, and in theatres, and also produce original short film content for broadcasters and brands. Shorts TV is associated with CAFF’21 as the Official Distribution Partner.

IFI: The Indian Film Institute is a Non-Governmental Organisation that helps the filmmaking community get easy access under one umbrella to the Film Festivals database, funding, production, distribution, and exhibition options. Indian Film Institute is the Education Partner of CAFF’21.

BRB: Forbidden Foods aspires to delight the new-age Indian consumer with innovative and contemporary snacking products. They are the Munching Partner of CAFF’21.

Yocket: Yocket started in February 2015 as a partner product of Stupidsid to help students who wish to pursue masters abroad. They are the Study Abroad Partner for CAFF’21.

Filmtantra finds this to be a cause worthy of attention and action as they believe the experiences that we have as persons is what our personalities consist of. Art offers us experiences without living the lives they call for, it has an impact on our decision-making ability as humans. Thus, one must appreciate and encourage cinema that speaks to people at a human level. This year CAFF’21 has targeted a global audience with several international filmmakers. Join hands with these young film enthusiasts in this endeavor and make it a success, all while receiving immense exposure to a different thought, art, and culture.

Disclaimer: This article is a promotional piece intended for the purposes of promoting the organisation in question.

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