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4th IIDFF 2016  Press Release:  India International Deaf Film Festival announces The launch of the website www.iidff.org To call for film submissions .2016 Theme of “Human Relations amongst Deaf, hard for hearing & hearing”  Films to be presented at the Jain University, 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru.

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, Bengaluru. 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. Mobile (WhatsApp/SMS): 9818506937 / 9483161430.

 The 4th India International Deaf Film Festival, December 28th to 30th  2016, calls for registration and submissions of films in the category of film length in 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, college / school student film etc. The festival looks ahead 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 and hard for hearing with help from 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 pre-screening film submissions is 31st October 2016.

India International Deaf Film Festival (IIDFF) emerged with the first edition of screening at New Delhi which was jointly organized with the  National Centre for Disabilities Studies (NCDS) of IGNOU and the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLTRC) on 3rd and 4th December 2011.  The second edition was screened at the Tagore Centenary Hall,  Kozhikode in July 5th and 6th 2014 in association with Rotary International, CBM Bengaluru and National Deaf Family care in Pattambi.  There were around 50 movies screened created by deaf persons in various categories such as 1-minute, 5-minute, 15-minute and 30-minute and 6 were international films.  The fest had over 500 people attending the event on the two days and was applauded for the brilliant work. The third edition of IIDF 2015 attracted over 900 people attending at PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore between 17th to 20th December 2015. The event screened 30 national and 2 International films on similar genre.

IIDFF 2016 jointly organized by Jain University will showcase over 50 national and International films  created and enacted by the deaf & hard for hearing. The proposed event will be projected on three screens at the Jain University-Knowledge campus, 9th Block, (Behind Big Bazaar), Jayanagar, Bengaluru  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 Tamilnadu 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 attract entertainment for all, like in the silent film era, which is a challenge today especially for the deaf.” He mentions that such festivals will improve the human relationships between the deaf and hearing in 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.”

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